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An Analysis of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disparities & Access to Treatment Services in the Appalachian Region
August 2008
National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University
This report presents an analysis of disparities in mental health status and substance abuse prevalence, as well as access to treatment services, in the 410-county Appalachian Region comprising all or parts of 13 states.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (4.4 MB)
Economic Impact Study of Completing the Appalachian Development Highway System
June 2008
Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Economic Development Research Group Inc., and HDR Decision Economics
This study assesses the travel performance, trade, and economic development impacts directly related to completing the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS).
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (4.27 MB)
Creating an Entrepreneurial Appalachian Region: Findings and Lessons from an Evaluation of the ARCís Entrepreneurship Initiative 1997-2005
April 2008
Rural Policy Research Institute
An evaluation of ARC's Entrepreneurial Initiative in terms both of outcomes achieved by a sample of funded projects and of broader policy impacts across the region.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (3.2 MB)
An Assessment of Alternative Measures for Determining Economically Distressed Counties and Areas in the Appalachian Region
March 2008
This report was solely funded by the 13 partner states of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
This report responds to a proactive effort by the ARC to explore new avenues for assessing wellbeing. Despite well-recognized advances, chronic socioeconomic distress persists in various pockets in the region while other areas face instability.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (8 MB)
Underlying Socioeconomic Factors Influencing Health Disparities in the Appalachian Region
March 2008
Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center/Office for Social Environment and Health Research, Department of Community Medicine, West Virginia University
This study investigates associations between measures of socioeconomic condition and rates of premature mortality for leading causes of death for counties in the U.S., with a focus on the Appalachian region.
Abstract & Report Contents Table of Contents and Executive Summary (in PDF)