The The Health Working Group has commissioned reports on a range of topics for its work specifically through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. See below to access the reports and tools.

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  

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