Health is fundamental to individuals, families and communities. Yet Kentucky experiences some of the highest disease rates in the nation, and in Appalachia the burden is often worse. Life expectancy in the region is about five years lower than national averages. Rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, depression, and unintentional injury are among the very worst in the country. At the same time, barriers such as geography and insurance status often limit access to health care.
However, most health care and health behavior occurs in homes, workplaces and communities — not in hospitals. That's why we must work with and in communities for effective and appropriate strategies to improve health and well-being. We are also committed to supporting community-based health care providers throughout Appalachia, so that individuals can get the care they need within their own community. Only by working with and in communities can promote health and ensure that the discoveries we make together benefit all Kentuckians.
Pilot Funding Program Supports Innovation, Community Engagement, and Research Infrastructure
March 24th, 2014
UK Conference to Focus on Health Disparities in Appalachia
March 5th, 2014
Serving Eastern Kentucky
September 20th, 2013
Sociologist to Talk on 'Early Mortality, Stigma, & Social Suffering in Appalachia'
March 26th, 2013
Sesquicentennial Series: UK's First Dean of Women Gets Physical
March 7th, 2013
UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health Presents Research at Conference
September 12th, 2012
'Homegrown Kentucky' Empowers Eastern Ky. Community
June 1st, 2012
CCTS Spring Conference Open for Attendee Registration
February 21st, 2012
Call for Abstracts for Annual CCTS Conference
January 26th, 2012
Deadline for Appalachian Research Symposium Call for Papers Is Dec. 15
December 12th, 2011