Understanding the Challenges of Reducing Cancer in Appalachia

Addressing a Place-Based Health Disparity Population

  • Bruce Behringer East Tennessee State University
  • Gilbert H. Friedell University of Kentucky
  • Kelly A. Dorgan East Tennessee State University
  • Sadie P. Hutson East Tennessee State University
  • Charley Naney East Tennessee State University
  • Amber Phillips East Tennessee State University
  • Koyamangalath Krishnan East Tennessee State University
  • Eleanor S. Cantrell University of Appalachia College of Pharmacy


The Appalachian region of the United States has long been recognized for its poor economic and social indicators. Only during the past decade have multi-state data become more accessible to describe the regions’ poor health status and resulting outcomes. A recent community-based participatory study engaged rural Appalachians to describe “what makes Appalachia different?” from other geographic areas and cultural groups in the United States and identify those characteristics that influence the region’s health. This article summarizes the community interpretation of these findings.

How to Cite
Behringer, B., Friedell, G. H., Dorgan, K. A., Hutson, S. P., Naney, C., Phillips, A., Krishnan, K., & Cantrell, E. S. (2007). Understanding the Challenges of Reducing Cancer in Appalachia: Addressing a Place-Based Health Disparity Population. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 5(SI), 40-49. https://doi.org/10.32398/cjhp.v5iSI.1197