Project to examine Appalachian health trends, 'bright spots'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new health research project is underway to find why people in some parts of Appalachia have better health outcomes than expected based on economic hardship and other factors.

Experts will try to determine what causes the better outcomes in certain areas and why outcomes in other areas aren't as good as would be expected.

The Appalachian Regional Commission and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are funding the project, and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is administering it.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation senior program officer Dr. David Krol says it's hoped the project will enable good results to be spread to other communities.

The Kentucky foundation said the project's work will include producing a database showing county-level health and economic data and identifying "bright spots" that show positive health outcomes.

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