Press Release

1,000 attend CDC-SOAR Health Impact programs

MOREHEAD, Ky – A three-day series of community meetings to address healthcare concerns across southern and eastern Kentucky wrapped up in Morehead on Wednesday afternoon, August 6. “I’ve learned during this tour that Appalachian Kentucky is ready to stand up to daunting health challenges of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and drug overdose,” stated CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D.,...

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KY receives $1.08 million for Rx fight

PAINTSVILLE, Ky – Kentucky is one of just five awardees in the nation to receive a $1.08 million “Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Boost” grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Prescription drug overdose is a national epidemic and Kentucky is on the front line,” proclaimed CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, during a visit to Eastern Kentucky Tuesday night,...

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$1.5 million to help health disparities in region

HAZARD, Ky – A $1.5 million, five-year project to address cancer and other chronic diseases by promoting screening and prevention in the region was announced Tuesday, August 5, in Hazard during the SOAR Health Impact Series. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and University of Kentucky said the funding will be used to...

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CDC partnering with SOAR health initiative

SOMERSET – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Deputy Director Dr. Judith Monroe heard comments and concerns about the high rates of disease and other health-related issues in Eastern Kentucky during a community dinner held Monday night, August 4, at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. “Few regions of our nation suffer as much as Appalachian Kentucky from heart disease,...

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CDC director to make ‘house call’ to Eastern Kentucky

SOMERSET, KY – U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced a first-ever SOAR Health Impact Series featuring Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with four events in Eastern Kentucky. Dr. Frieden and his team from the CDC will be on hand to discuss the high rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity in the...

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SOAR launches CDC ‘Health Impact Series’

SOAR launches CDC ‘Health Impact Series’

PINEVILLE – Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) will host a “Health Impact Series” in August featuring Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-5th) announced July 7. The tour marks the first time that the director of the CDC has visited this region of Kentucky. “Our people have long suffered from high...

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