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. 


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