Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots


Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots” is an innovative, multi-part health research project designed to, in successive reports: measure population health and document health disparities in the Appalachian Region; establish a framework for identifying Appalachian “Bright Spots,” or communities with better-than-expected health outcomes, including factors that reflect a Culture of Health; and, through in-depth case studies, explore replicable activities, programs, or policies that encourage better-than-expected health outcomes that translate into actions that other communities could replicate.

Disparities Report

The first report, Health Disparities is Appalachia, measures population health in Appalachia and documents disparities between the Region and the nation as a whole, as well as disparities within the Appalachian Region.

This initiative is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Appalachian Regional Commission, and is administered by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. PDA, Inc. performed this work in collaboration with The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

More to Come

The next two reports, “Quantitative Bright Spots” and “Case Studies” are expected to be released in Spring 2018.

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