Social Determinants Of Health And The Effects On Quality Of Life And Well-Being In 2 Rural Appalachia Communities

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Adam Hege PhD, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Recent evidence highlights health disparities among rural communities. The purpose of this study was to learn from members of 2 Appalachia communities in North Carolina about barriers to health and well-being. Researchers conducted 3 focus groups (n = 24), which were coded and analyzed by a team of researchers to identify themes. Researchers identified 5 themes: (1) poverty/lack of economic opportunity; (2) access to health care and health resources; (3) social/mental health challenges; (4) food insecurity/hunger; and (5) youth/older adults being most vulnerable to health disparities. Ample evidence suggests that rural Appalachia is in dire need of public health attention.

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Hege, Adam PhD; Ball, Lanae PhD; Christiana, Richard W. PhD; Wallace, Conner BS; Hubbard, Cami BS; Truesdale, Danielle BS; Hege, Jennifer MDiv; Fleming, Howard MDiv (2018). Social Determinants of Health and the Effects on Quality of Life and Well-being in 2 Rural Appalachia Communities. Family and Community Health, October/December 2018, Vol. 41 no. 4 - p 244-254. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000201. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2018
health disparities, quality of life, rural Appalachia, social determinants of health

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