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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey
May 2019
Kelvin Pollard and Linda A. Jacobsen
Population Reference Bureau
This study examines state- and county-level data for the 13 Appalachian states on topics including population, age, race, ethnicity, housing, education, labor force, employment, income, poverty, health insurance, disability status, and migration.
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Issue Brief
Health Disparities Related to Opioid Misuse in Appalachia
Practical Strategies and Recommendations for Communities

April 2019
Kate Beatty, Nathan Hale, Michael Meit, Megan Heffernan, Michelle Dougherty, Luciana Rocha, Kelsey Ruane, Rob Pack, Stephanie Mathis, Bill Brooks, Angela Hagaman, and Sam Pettyjohn.
East Tennessee State University, NORC at the University of Chicago’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, Appalachian Regional Commission
This brief summarizes relevant health statistics, offers key strategies and resources for communities to explore, and provides recommendations aimed at reducing health disparities in the Appalachian Region related to opioid misuse.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1 MB)
Issue Brief
Health Disparities Related to Smoking in Appalachia
Practical Strategies and Recommendations for Communities

April 2019
Kate Beatty, Nathan Hale, Michael Meit, Megan Heffernan, Michelle Dougherty, Luciana Rocha, and Kelsey Ruane, Ginny Kidwell, and Hadii Mamudu.
East Tennessee State University, NORC at the University of Chicago’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, Appalachian Regional Commission
This brief summarizes relevant health statistics, offers key strategies and resources for communities to explore, and provides recommendations aimed at reducing health disparities in the Appalachian Region related to smoking.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1 MB)
Issue Brief
Health Disparities Related to Obesity in Appalachia
Practical Strategies and Recommendations for Communities

April 2019
Kate Beatty, Nathan Hale, Michael Meit, Megan Heffernan, Michelle Dougherty, Luciana Rocha, Kelsey Ruane, and Ginny Kidwell.
East Tennessee State University, NORC at the University of Chicago’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, Appalachian Regional Commission
This brief summarizes relevant health statistics, offers key strategies and resources for communities to explore, and provides recommendations aimed at reducing health disparities in the Appalachian Region related to obesity.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1 MB)
Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Leadership and Community Capacity Projects: FY 2008–FY 2015
March 2019
Shauna Harps, Liam Ristow, Marneena Evans, Clarissa McKithen, Bess Rose, Kerri Wills
Westat
This report presents an evaluation of 152 leadership and community capacity projects funded by ARC between fiscal years 2008 and 2015.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (2.9 MB)
Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia
February 2019
Downstream Strategies, The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, Dialogue + Design Associates, West Virginia University
This study defines and quantifies economic resilience in order to understand the underlying factors that allow communities to buffer economic shocks.
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