The Health Working Group has several reports and publications that are the result of members collaborating on shared interests. Click the following link for the reports and tools.

Oral Health Summit Takeaways

Members of the Health Working Group hosted an Oral Health Summit in September 2018 in Charleston, WV. Over 60 people attended the event, including funders, state health departments, oral health coalitions, universities, health nonprofits, and others. The oral health summit was designed to bring together key stakeholders in the sector throughout the region to identify the unique challenges facing Central Appalachia. The group has produced an infographic highlighting the key takeaways from the summit. To download the publication as a PDF, click here.



ETSU Report and Policy Briefs: Reducing Childhood Obesity and Chronic Disease in Central Appalachia

This report was funded and prepared for the Appalachia Funders Network (AFN) through a grant titled, “Changing our Future: Engaging grantmakers in coordinated and strategic action to advance policy and environmental changes that address childhood obesity in Appalachia” supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. East Tennessee State University (ETSU), in partnership with NORC, conducted this study. Kate Beatty, Ph.D. is the lead author and Principal Investigator at ETSU and Michael Meit, MA, MPH as Principal Investigator at NORC. Contributing authors to this report were Tess Gilbert, MHS, and Megan Heffernan, MPH from NORC, Deborah Slawson, Ph.D., Ginny Kidwell, M.A.L.S., Paula Masters, M.P.H. and Randy Wykoff, PhD, MPH & TM from ETSU.

Reducing Childhood Obesity and Chronic Disease in Central Appalachia, also view the Executive Summary

ETSU and NORC also completed three policy briefs using the data and analysis from the above report. They are intended as a 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. 


Food Security, Access, and Equity

Authored by the Appalachian Foodshed Project for the Appalachia Funders Network, this report provides data snapshots related to food, agriculture, poverty, and health of the Central Appalachian region and suggests approaches to creating and utilizing data as a means of understanding and addressing food, health, and quality of life issues in Appalachia. 

Food Security, Access, & Equity in West Virginia and the Appalachian regions of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio

Appalachia Funders Network Aggregated Member Profile Summary

Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs completed a profile of three working groups. Summarizing the backgrounds of most of the members of the Food and Agriculture Systems, Health, and Strengthening Community Capacity working groups, the report reveals that this portion of the Appalachia Funders Network is in possession of nearly $5 billion in assets, with over $234 million in Appalachia.

Appalachia Funders Network Working Group Summary