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New ideas, new partnerships emerge as SOAR groups share top ideas for Eastern Kentucky

Ten working groups organized under the Shaping Our Appalachian Region, or SOAR, initiative have presented their top findings. And despite the different working group topics, several common themes emerged among the recommendations:   • The need for cross-agency collaboration, especially in economic development • Desire for training and investment in entrepreneurship • Strong interest...

Appalachian Kentucky has what it takes to improve poor health status, key officials say

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News   Appalachian Kentucky has the enthusiasm, creativity, people and facilities needed to greatly improve its dismal health status, two high-ranking federal officials said after looking at the problem on a recent tour.   Dr. Thomas Frieden, Rep. Hal Rogers “I want to stir up our people to get involved in a grass-roots effort,” U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal”...

First-ever Health Impact Series to address issues plaguing E. Ky.; CDC head to attend

The director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will participate in four events in Eastern Kentucky next week to discuss and look for solutions to the many health issues that plague the region.   Dr. Thomas Frieden and his team will take part in the first-ever Health Impact Series, which is part of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative launched by U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers...