Study Linking Health, Locale Suggests More Questions Than Answers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - It sounds like common sense: People who live in places with high rates of poverty and little health
insurance are likely to die sooner.

But not so fast.

A new study for the Appalachian Regional Commission shows
conventional wisdom holds true for central and southern Appalachia,
the Mississippi Delta and parts of the Southeast. But the study by
West Virginia University also identifies areas that defy that
logic.

Though they face similar challenges, health outcomes are better
for people who live in the Great Plains, the Upper Midwest, parts
of the Rocky Mountains and several western Rio Grande counties.

The study doesn't explain the discrepancy, but the commission
says the report offers public health authorities at all levels a
road map for further investigation.


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