Appalachian Health and Well-Being

by Robert L. Ludke, Phillip J. Obermiller, Carol S. Baugh, Melanie F. Myers, Michael S. Hendryx, Evelyn A. Knight, Joel A. Halverson, Gilbert H. Friedell, Eleanor S. Cantrell, Bruce A. Behringer, Ann L. McCracken, E. Kelly Firesheets, Sharon A. Denham, Jennifer Chubinski, Mark A. Carrozza, James L. Fisher, John M. McLaughlin, Mira L. Katz, Mary Ellen Wewers, Mark B. Dignan, Electra D. Paskett, Barbara B. Weaner, Rebecca J. Schmidt, Levi D. Procter, Andrew C. Bernard, Paul A. Kearney, Julia F. Costich, Susan E. Keefe, Lisa Curtin, Michael S. Dunn, Kristine H. Bowers, Daniel W. McNeil, Richard J. Crout, Mary L. Marazita, Eric W. Rademacher, Shiloh K. Turner, Ronnie D. Horner, Kathryn Brown, Richard A. Couto, Robert L. Ludke,

Appalachians have been characterized as a population with numerous disparities in health and limited access to medical services and infrastructures, leading to inaccurate generalizations that inhibit their healthcare progress. Appalachians face significant challenges in obtaining effective care, and the public lacks information about both their healthcare needs and about the resources communities have developed to meet those needs.

In Appalachian Health and Well-Being, editors Robert L. Ludke and Phillip J. Obermiller bring together leading researchers and practitioners to provide a much-needed compilation of data- and research-driven perspectives, broadening our understanding of strategies to decrease the health inequalities affecting both rural and urban Appalachians. The contributors propose specific recommendations for necessary research, suggest practical solutions for health policy, and present best practices models for effective health intervention. This in-depth analysis offers new insights for students, health practitioners, and policy makers, promoting a greater understanding of the factors affecting Appalachian health and effective responses to those needs.

  • The University Press of Kentucky; March 2012
  • ISBN 9780813135878
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Appalachian Health and Well-Being
  • Author: Robert L. Ludke (ed.); Phillip J. Obermiller (ed.); Carol S. Baugh (contrib.); Melanie F. Myers (contrib.); Michael S. Hendryx (contrib.); Evelyn A. Knight (contrib.); Joel A. Halverson (contrib.); Gilbert H. Friedell (contrib.); Eleanor S. Cantrell (contrib.); Bruce A. Behringer (contrib.); Ann L. McCracken (contrib.); E. Kelly Firesheets (contrib.); Sharon A. Denham (contrib.); Jennifer Chubinski (contrib.); Mark A. Carrozza (contrib.); James L. Fisher (contrib.); John M. McLaughlin (contrib.); Mira L. Katz (contrib.); Mary Ellen Wewers (contrib.); Mark B. Dignan (contrib.); Electra D. Paskett (contrib.); Barbara B. Weaner (contrib.); Rebecca J. Schmidt (contrib.); Levi D. Procter (contrib.); Andrew C. Bernard (contrib.); Paul A. Kearney (contrib.); Julia F. Costich (contrib.); Susan E. Keefe (contrib.); Lisa Curtin (contrib.); Michael S. Dunn (contrib.); Kristine H. Bowers (contrib.); Daniel W. McNeil (contrib.); Richard J. Crout (contrib.); Mary L. Marazita (contrib.); Eric W. Rademacher (contrib.); Shiloh K. Turner (contrib.); Ronnie D. Horner (contrib.); Kathryn Brown (contrib.); Richard A. Couto (other); Robert L. Ludke (other); Phillip J. Obermiller (other)
  • Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky

In The Press

"This medical text, the first of its kind, focuses on health of the region's inhabitants as well as those who have moved away." -- Library Journal

About The Author

Robert L. Ludke is a professor of family and community medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He is also a member of the Board of the Urban Appalachian Council.

Phillip J. Obermiller is a Senior Visiting Scholar in the School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati and a past president of the Appalachian Studies Association.