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Community health workers help Kentuckians deal with the multitude of obstacles blocking better health

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Fannie Callahan, a 62-year-old woman from Lee County, worked at the local nursing home for 38 years before retiring, has insurance, and pays her bills on time. But a six-day hospital stay in 2013 left her thousands of dollars in debt and wondering how to pay it and also cover her basic needs — until a co-worker told her about Kentucky Homeplace. Samantha...

Community health workers play important role in reducing health disparities in Eastern Kentucky

Community health workers play an important role in reducing health disparities in eastern Kentucky, say Cleveland Fed analysts. For some time, eastern Kentucky residents have suffered from lower life expectancies and higher rates of disability and a population whose average age is increasing faster than the nation’s overall as young people leave the region. In the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s...

Two new UK initiatives will address cancer, other health challenges in Appalachian region

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto were on hand at a Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Health Impact Series to discuss health challenges in the region and announce two new UK initiatives to address them.   “Our Commonwealth is only strong if every community...