Health leaders say we could soon see more supply of the vaccine, then demand for it. That’s as some health departments are trying to work through vaccine hesitancy. And that delay could slow down herd immunity.
By Jill Riepenhoff, Daniela Molina, Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik
In nearly every Appalachian and Delta community, residents die on average before their 78th birthday, which is the average life expectancy in the United States. Health care providers are working on innovative ways to combat the unique disparities in the regions.
The Health Resources and Services Administration classifies geographic areas as medically underserved based on them having too few primary care doctors, a high infant mortality rate, high poverty or a high elderly population.
WKYT is introducing a new monthly segment in partnership with Kentucky Cancer Link.It’s called Link to Hope and it will include stories about cancer awareness and give us the chance to celebrate survivors in central Kentucky.January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month and a new program called Yes Cerv! is aimed at providing free screenings and saving lives.In Kentucky the rates of cervical cancer are among the highest in the country according to national statistics.
In one Eastern Kentucky community doctors are scarce, hospital beds few, and medical care sometimes comes with a house call. People in Estill County depend on nurse practitioners for health care, and much more. COVID-19 has strained the care they provide.
The Mississippi Delta and Appalachia both fare far worse than the national average in health indicators and outcomes. The project will explore why health disparities exist, with a focus on long term and sustainable solutions.