Healthcare in Appalachia Conference

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and The University of Kentucky Healthcare CE Central are hosting a conference titled "Healthcare in Appalachia: Practical Approaches to Addressing the Unique Needs of our Region" in Pigeon Forge on April 28-30, 2022.

Approximately 25.7 million people live in the Appalachian region of the United States (U.S.) Forty-two percent of the region’s population lives in rural areas, compared with only 20% of the nation. This region has historically been plagued with unique healthcare needs and poor health outcomes.

This region also has lower supplies of healthcare professionals when compared to the overall nation, including primary care physicians and advanced practice nurses, mental health providers, specialty physicians, and dentists. Lower household incomes and higher poverty rates (two primary social determinants of health that drive health outcomes) reflect worse living conditions in the region when compared to the rest of the nation.

 The Healthcare in Appalachia conference is designed to address the unique needs and circumstances of the Appalachian region.  This conference will feature experts in the medical, mental health, and public health fields and provide practical advice, tips, and resources to health care providers and public health professionals.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, the participants should be able to:

  • Implement strategies for addressing diabetes in the context of food insecurity and poverty
  • Develop approaches to meet the access issues that cardiology patients encounter
  • Describe screening tools to assess the mental health needs of patients
  • Develop culturally appropriate skills to address the importance of screening in cancer patients
  • Design a practice-specific toolkit of local socioeconomic supports for patients
  • Provide appropriate referral and monitoring of child safety in families with opioid-abuse
  • Describe the use of MIPS to improve overall provider practice
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