UK Center for Rural Health - Madisonville
The UK Center for Rural Health - Madisonville is based at Trover Health System and is part of a statewide program which was created as a way to improve the health status of the rural population of our commonwealth. The UK Center for Rural Health - Madisonville (UK CRH/M) covers 19 counties in western Kentucky working closely with area agencies, community organizations, and the UK Office of Health Research and Development (OHRD) to accomplish the following: create and maintain a statewide network for rural health initiatives; support and conduct rural-based research through university and local initiatives (i.e., UK Center for Clinical and Translational Scienceand the Office of Research and Engagement for the Advancement of Community Health); help improve the health of Kentuckians by maintaining knowledge of the health care delivery system and health care issues of the region; work to build a public and political constituency and maintain a liaison with legislators on rural health issues; and serve as an advocate for rural health policy for the state and region.
The UK Center for Rural Health - Madisonville facilitates the development of educational, research, and service programs. In addition to developing and managing regional programs, this office participates with other Centers in forming a statewide network of rural health initiatives. Current programs include: developing assessments of each county in the service area for use in recruitment, grant writing, etc.; grant writing for small initiatives; developing tools needed to use GIS mapping in regards to health status, demographics, etc.; developing a Regional Dental Network in support of oral health initiatives in the area through the UK Dental Clinic at the local health department; and research initiatives with UK.
The UK Center for Rural Health/Madisonville serves the following 19 counties:
Currently this office is developing profiles of each of the above counties. Each profile contains information on the county’s population, education, government, health, health score cards from the Kentucky Institute of Medicine, employment figures, and information on tourism/recreation. This information is useful for planning and grant writing.
Muhlenberg County Profile (PDF)
The profiles will be continuously updated, and are provided free of charge as a service of the UK Center for Rural Health - Madisonville. For more information, please contact Natalie Begley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Future projects include GIS mapping, especially for health care statistics and research.
UK Center for Rural Health - Madisonville staff:
Tonya Piper, R.N., Study Coordinator
Ryan Hoisington, PharmD, REACH Faculty Liaison
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