(Un)healthy Appalachia?

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University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Southern Appalachia often provides a folksy backstory to our national mythology—a tale of coal miners, moonshining, bluegrass, and ballads. But Appalachia is a real place that figures fundamentally in this country's heritage and destiny. 

Its rugged mountains are rich in natural resources while its remote communities are home to some of the nation's most fiercely proud people and most persistent poverty. This region has endowed American culture—and the University of Virginia—with a wealth of gifts and innovations but itself faces staggering difficulties. Embracing Appalachia is challenging, especially now, as the coal industry disappears and crises of poor health, environmental degradation, and poverty deepen.

This Medical Center Hour with West Virginia coalfields native David Gordon probes our particular connections to Appalachia and how the enduring tragedy of this place is a “canary in the coalmine” for the rest of our nation. 

Is "healthy Appalachia" possible? What will it take? What must we do?

Co-presented with the Center for Global Health, Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures (Global South Initiative), Department of Public Health Sciences, and Healthy Appalachia Institute
Cattell-Gordon, David C. (Speaker); Childress, Marcia Day (Moderator); University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
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Appalachian Region; Public Health -- United States
Medical Center Hour
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
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