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UVa-Wise’s Healthy Appalachia Institute featured on ‘With Good Reason’ Aug. 4

Improving health outcomes in the region is the subject of an Aug. 4 broadcast of “With Good Reason,” a radio production of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
David Cattell-Gordon, co-director of the Healthy Appalachia Institute at UVa-Wise, discusses geographic health disparity in Central Appalachia and efforts to improve the health status of citizens in the region, such as linking patients to medical specialists located hundreds of miles away. Cattell-Gordon is also the director of Rural Network Development with the University of Virginia Health System.
The Healthy Appalachia Institute is collaboration between critical thinkers, scholars, system planners and leaders at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, the University of Virginia, the Southwest Virginia Graduate Medical Education Consortium, the Southwest Virginia Health Authority, One Care of Southwest Virginia and key partners in government, education, business and healthcare. 
The goals of the Institute are to develop a common understanding of the health status of the region, to craft and implement a single, integrated strategic health plan and to operate an institute to conceive initiatives that ensure a healthier future for the residents of far Southwest Virginia and Central Appalachia.
“With Good Reason” is aired locally on WVTF at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday. The broadcast also may be downloaded at the “With Good Reason” website at
"With Good Reason” is broadcast on 10 public radio stations in Virginia, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. 
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