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Appalachian Diseases of Despair
August 2017
Michael Meit, Megan Heffernan, Erin Tanenbaum, and Topher Hoffmann
The Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
This study analyzed the impact of diseases of despair on mortality within Appalachia, focusing on increasing morbidity and mortality from three main causes: alcohol, prescription drug, and illegal drug overdose; suicide; and alcoholic liver disease.
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Health Disparities in Appalachia
August 2017
PDA, Inc., Cecil G. Sheps Center, Appalachian Regional Commission
Health Disparities in Appalachia is the first report in a series exploring health issues in Appalachia. The report measures population health in Appalachia and documents disparities between the Region and the nation as a whole and within the Region.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (46.1 MB)
Economic Analysis of Completing the Appalachian Development Highway System: Technical Report
July 2017
Economic Development Research Group, Inc., and WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff
This report is the second volume of a study that analyzed the effect of ADHS development on economic growth in Appalachia, and the future economic benefits and costs of completing the system.
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey
March 2017
Kelvin Pollard and Linda A. Jacobsen
Population Reference Bureau
This study examines state- and county-level data on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing, education, labor force, employment, income and poverty, health insurance, disability status, migration, and veteran status for the 13 Appalachian states.
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Access vs. Isolation: Preserving Appalachia's Rail Connectivity in the 21st Century
March 2017
Center for Transportation Research, University of Tennessee
This report examines the effect of reductions in coal production on Appalachia’s current and future rail freight transportation network and highlights opportunities to help ensure rail connectivity to markets essential to Appalachia’s economic success.
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