United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack included the project through Appalachian Regional Healthcare as part of an announcement of more than $3.7 million of broadband funding on Friday.
Shaping Our Appalachian Region, the Kentucky River Health Consortium, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Kentucky Public Health, and the University of Pikeville joined forces for a virtual Appalachian Health Provider Education Event Monday.
By Jill Riepenhoff, Daniela Molina, Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik
In nearly every Appalachian and Delta community, residents die on average before their 78th birthday, which is the average life expectancy in the United States. Health care providers are working on innovative ways to combat the unique disparities in the regions.
The Health Resources and Services Administration classifies geographic areas as medically underserved based on them having too few primary care doctors, a high infant mortality rate, high poverty or a high elderly population.