Biomedical Science and Sociology
James N. Maples
Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work
Despite the continual closing gap between the discriminations that Appalachian residents encounter, receiving adequate healthcare is an ongoing complication for Appalachian areas. This issue further leads to health disparities, inequalities, and inequities. These health disparities are effective on an individual level, but on higher societal organizations as well; when an area’s individual residents are impacted, there lies the possibility of a larger society being impacted. When access to adequate health care is studied, it is found that there is a relationship between adequate health care services and individuals who classify as having impoverished income and individuals who consider themselves as Appalachian residents. Based on these trends, it is important for individuals to have a secure income to receive sufficient health care and that Appalachians should seek health care outside of Appalachian regions. Although there was not a significant relationship between an individual’s health status and residing in Appalachia, the lack of access to sufficient health care limits the health status of individuals, having long-term effects on them.