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.
Through a partnership with Pikeville Medical Center, students who are attending in-person classes and become sick will have the opportunity to be seen virtually by a PMC medical provider without having to leave school.
Greenup E911 covers 354 square miles. Once the Our Lady of Bellefonte ER closes its doors, some patients will have to be taken further to Ashland to King's Daughters Medical Center, and others to Scioto Memorial Hospital in Portsmouth.
Awards of almost $38 million will soon flow into the Mountain State to combat crime and improve community safety, Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan says.