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Spread the Health Appalachia (STHA) was a comprehensive public health program to tackle the high rates of chronic disease in the Cumberland Valley region of Kentucky from September 2012–September 2014. Funded by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Transformation Grant–Small Communities, and implemented in partnership with the Bell County, Knox County and Cumberland Valley District Health Departments, STHA expanded the application of MCI’s Contagious Health Model to new policy and built environment initiatives.

STHA was composed of seven integrated initiatives to improve access to:

  1. Opportunities that support prevention and control of chronic disease conditions;
  2. Healthy food options in food desert tracts and surrounding areas;
  3. Opportunities that promote and support increased physical activity. These initiatives were supported and framed by dynamic and engaging public health communication activities.

Through 7 widespread health initiatives and collaborations with a variety of community partners, STHA made significant contributions towards turning the tide on chronic disease in the region.






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