Health is about more than individual well-being; it has massive implications for the region’s economy. Demographic changes, industry shifts, and federal policies have placed an increased emphasis on proactive approaches to health in rural communities. Epidemics of obesity, drug abuse, and malnutrition are holding back Appalachia’s workforce, even as workforce development and health care delivery offer opportunities to make the health sector an economic engine in the region.

Current investors in this sector include ARC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and local and regional foundations. Active initiatives and opportunities in this sector include:

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