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.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will hold a virtual town hall Tuesday, March 2 to discuss the challenges facing rural community getting resident vaccinated. Ashland has vaccinated 9.5% of its residents compared to the state average of 14.4% but they say they're only getting 100 doses of the vaccine.
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.