The Appalachia Funders Network, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded a study called "Reducing Childhood Obesity and Chronic Disease in Central Appalachia: Data Analysis and Planning." NORC at the University of Chicago and East Tennessee State University (ETSU) conducted the research. Download the full report and the Executive Summary.
The extensive research has provided a clear understanding of where we are in terms of obesity Central Appalachia, what communities are doing to reduce the impact of obesity, and what are some of the most promising practices and policies to lead to a healthier community.
The three policy briefs below are a useful tool for Network members and the broader public to provide concrete strategies to funders, policymakers, and community groups interested in improving the culture of health in the region. Download and share the PDFs below.
- Click here for the policy brief for funders
- Click here for the policy brief for policymakers
- Click here for the policy brief for community organizations
Interactive Maps and Data Toolkit
The research produced a range of interactive maps, graphs, and data tables that allow users to visualize data related to obesity and chronic disease mortality in Central Appalachia. Users are able to filter results by state, county, or disease type. In order to share customized visualizations from the reports, users can export images as PDF files. The links below lead to different sets of data and include directions for how to use the tool.
- County Health Rankings
- Obesity and Contributing Factors
- Mortality Data
- Appalachia Funders Network Funding Organizations
Potential Uses for grantmakers, funders, or researchers
These maps, graphs, and data tables visually provide a picture of the current health condition in Central Appalachia in terms of obesity, factors that contribute to obesity, and obesity-related chronic disease mortality. Individual dashboards can be created as customized images that can be downloaded and inserted into grant proposals, reports, or presentations. The data can be analyzed to identify both counties that may be struggling on specific outcomes and those that are performing well. The areas or regions that have below average outcomes may be areas where more resources are needed, and those with above average outcomes may provide opportunities to identify best practices or promising strategies that have been utilized in those counties.
Potential Uses for community organizations or practitioners:
This tool can be used to easily obtain county-level data for a number of measures related to obesity and chronic disease mortality. This information may be useful when responding to grant applications or reporting on areas of need in the community. Additionally, organizations can compare their county’s outcomes to neighboring counties in order to determine whether opportunities exist for performance improvement.