The Appalachian Region, commonly known as Appalachia and located in the Eastern United States, has assimilated a unique society, medical and otherwise, due to its geographic and cultural isolation. Geography, along with the institutions of religion and family, have created a fatalistic, health illiterate society in which members have a lack of self-efficacy (the ability of a person to engage in healthy behaviors) and often remain in denial about their health status. Health care professionals working in the region face unique challenges and are often inept at dealing with their patients’ specific cultural needs. Specific strategies must be developed to tackle the distinctive health issues created by Appalachian culture if the myriad of health issues in the region are to be mitigated.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2012


Suzanne Byrd

Mentor Department Affiliation

Biological Sciences

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Biological Sciences