Developing a Public Health Improvement Consortium in Appalachian Kentucky: Harnessing the Power of the Local Collective

Melissa Slone, Angela L. Carman, Frances J. Feltner

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Abstract

Many Appalachian counties in Kentucky are known for poor health and limited resources, however, by harnessing the power of relationships in the eight counties of the Kentucky River Area Development District, a team developed a public health improvement consortium to maximize power of the local collective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1114-1122
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Accomplishments. Funding. In 2019, 10 organizations from the KRHC worked together to apply for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning Grant (RCORP) funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The application was funded, and that funding provided an opportunity to further organize the consortium, survey the community regarding health priorities, and gauge perceptions regarding strategies for addressing the opioid crisis. As receipt of this grant and knowledge of the consortium’s work grew, organizations, researchers, and individuals from outside the consortium began to seek the group’s expertise and support of additional health improvement endeavors across the region.

Publisher Copyright:
© Meharry Medical College.

Keywords

  • Consortium
  • partnerships
  • public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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