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.
The Mississippi Delta and Appalachia both fare far worse than the national average in health indicators and outcomes. The project will explore why health disparities exist, with a focus on long term and sustainable solutions.
At the Stonewall Jackson Hopsital, not much could be done when patients suffering from substance abuse came to the emergency department for help. Now, after receiving a grant through the Center for Disease Control (CDC), who partnered with the Mosaic Group out of Maryland, the hospital is bringing a substance abuse program to the area called, Reverse the Cycle.
he WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities is collaborating with Burlington United Methodist Family Services, WV Home Visitation Providers and Wheeling Hospital to create a new program called WV IMPACT.
Those who missed the survey put out by the WVU Extension Service’s Family Nutrition Program had the opportunity to attend the Grow This: West Virginia Garden Challenge, a community pick-up event, that a local Morgantown pastor was eager to bring to his community.