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Identifying The Health Needs In Rural Appalachian Ohio: Outcomes Of A Rural Community-Academic Partnership

By Ronald A Vance, Tania B Basta, Jennifer J Bute and Sharon A Denham


To identify health issues in two rural counties, a needs assessment was developed by health officials and researchers. Focus groups (n = 32) and interviews (n = 8) were conducted among community leaders and a modified BRFFS survey was completed by 399 community members. Results indicated the health of the participants was influenced by: 1) rural Appalachian culture, 2) geography and access to health care, and 3) lack of access/knowledge about preventive health behaviors. These issues likely contributed to 30% obesity prevalence among the sample, which was prioritized as the main health issue for both counties

Topics: community health needs assessment, rural health, community-academic partnership
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:scholarworks.iupui.edu:1805/4855
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