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Appalachian Region Endures Dramatic Health Challenges Compared with Nation, New Research Shows

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 24, 2017—Health Disparities in Appalachia, a new report issued today by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, documents dramatic disparities in health outcomes and other health-related factors in the Appalachian Region when compared with the nation as a whole, as well as substantial variations in health throughout the Region’s 420-county footprint.

The study reviews 41 population and public health indicators to provide a comprehensive overview of the health of the 25 million people living in the Appalachian Region, which spans 13 states from northern Mississippi to New York’s Southern Tier.