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HAPCAP Provides Free Air Conditioners Through Summer Crisis Program

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Some people in the region are struggling to stay cool as temperatures rise this summer. People in need can receive a free air conditioner for their home through the Hocking Athens Perry Community Action’s Summer Crisis Program from July 1 until September 30.  HAPCAP’s public relationship coordinator Claire Gysegem believes access… Read More

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National Blood Shortage Could Affect Southeast Ohio Supply

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NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio – Hospitals are dealing with a nationwide blood shortage, stemming from increased elective surgeries and injuries after pandemic restrictions were lifted. The shortage could affect local hospitals and people who live in southeast Ohio. O’Bleness Hospital became more thoughtful about how it uses blood donations shared through the OhioHealth network as a result…. Read More

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost at a press conference announcing the settlement with Centene.

Ohio AG Settles With Pharmacy Benefits Manager For $88.3 Million

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio has settled a lawsuit filed just three months ago with a pharmacy benefits manager it accused of using subcontractors to overcharge Ohio’s Medicaid program. Attorney General Dave Yost said Centene initiated the talks that led to the $88.3 million settlement. “We didn’t seek out a settlement. Centene initiated the… Read More

The University of Kentucky won’t yet require the COVID-19 vaccination this fall.

Vaccinate U? Contrary To Health Advice, Most Area Schools Won’t Mandate COVID Vaccine

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Roughly a million students attend college around the Ohio Valley, and the student-age population has an especially high rate of coronavirus infection. That’s why some public health advocates say schools should require that students be vaccinated. However, a review by the Ohio Valley ReSource found that of 400 colleges and universities in Kentucky, Ohio, and… Read More

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Minority Health in Appalachia – Strategies for Success with Ohio Commission on Minority Health


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The Racial Equity Coalition of Athens County Health and Wellness Committee will host its final virtual presentation for Minority Health Month with keynote speaker Angela Dawson, Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, on April 30 from 12-2:30 pm via Zoom. Ms. Dawson will lead the Coalition’s second community roundtable on minority health… Read More

Health policy

The Racial Equity Coalition of Athens County Invites the Health Policy Institute of Ohio to Share Strategies to Achieve Health Equity


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The Racial Equity Coalition of Athens County Health and Wellness Committee is pleased to have The Health Policy Institute of Ohio present the 2021 Health Value Dashboard on April 16 from 12-1pm via Zoom. They will share key findings from the Dashboard, which tracks Ohio’s progress towards health value — a composite measure of Ohio’s performance on population health outcomes and… Read More

The West Virginia State Capitol at night

CDC: West Virginia HIV Wave Could Be ‘Tip Of The Iceberg’

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For years, West Virginia has had the nation’s highest rate of opioid drug addictions and drug overdose deaths. Now the state is wrestling with another, not entirely unrelated health emergency: one of the nation’s highest spikes in HIV cases related to intravenous drug use. The surge, clustered primarily around the capital… Read More

Vaccination clinic at Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington.

Vaccine Experts Answer Your Questions About Pfizer, Moderna And Johnson & Johnson Vaccines


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FRANKFURT, Ky. (OVR) — More than 2.5 million people in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfzier COVID-19 vaccines. Little by little, states have received more vaccine doses, but the national supply remains low. However, more promise is on the horizon as the U.S…. Read More

Miriam Palomino, right, received the COVID-19 vaccine in Paterson, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The first people arrived around 2:30 a.m. for the chance to be vaccinated at one of the few sites that does not require an appointment.

Ohio Health Officials Tackle COVID-19 Vaccine Myths In Virtual Town Halls

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WCPN) — The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wants to combat misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine by hosting town halls targeting specific, underserved communities and their questions over the next two weeks. “It is important to share reliable, factual information about COVID-19 vaccines with all Ohioans,” said ODH Director Stephanie McCloud in an… Read More

A bottle of OxyContin with pills scattered around

WATCH: How A Powerful Corporate Consulting Firm Helped Create The Opioid Epidemic

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The opioids crisis that has taken hundreds of thousands of American lives has received less attention in the pandemic, but drug overdoses and deaths have grown during the last year. Now, one of the world’s most powerful corporate consulting firms has agreed to a major settlement for its role in the sale… Read More

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Regina LaBelle.

Addiction In The Pandemic: An Interview With White House Leader On Drug Control Policy

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FRANKFURT, Ky. (OVR) — When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released drug overdose death data last December, it warned about the impacts the ongoing pandemic has had on the addiction crisis. “The disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit those with substance use disorder hard,” CDC Director Dr. Robert… Read More

2nd Chance Center for Addiction Treatment adjusted its in-person services in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addiction In The Pandemic: Staying In Treatment While Staying COVID Safe

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — Since 2012, the 2nd Chance Center for Addiction Treatment has served people in Lexington, Kentucky. The office sits on a busy street on the city’s north side. Similar to the heavy traffic that passes by, clients seeking treatment for substance and opioid use disorders steadily stream in and out of the… Read More

NorthStar Online NA’s first meeting using online support, in 2018

Addiction In The Pandemic: An Interview With A Member Of Narcotics Anonymous

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — Terrance D. is the father of two daughters and lives in Lexington. He’s a carpenter and owns a small construction company. More than 15 years ago, Terrance walked into his first Narcotics Anonymous meeting at age 27. He spoke to the Ohio Valley ReSource about addiction, sobriety and how the COVID-19 pandemic… Read More

NorthStar Online NA’s first meeting using online support, in 2018

Addiction In The Pandemic: Overdose Deaths Surge As Coronavirus Adds To Opioid Crisis

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — Terrance D. has been sober for more than 15 years and Narcotics Anonymous has been a big part of his recovery. He uses a pseudonym when speaking publicly about addiction and his work with NA. Terrance said the bonds the group has formed are very important, and they were forged through… Read More

Coronavirus

Ohio University Scientists Search For A Way To Shut Down Coronavirus

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — In the race to defeat COVID-19, much of the focus has been on vaccines that stimulate the body’s immune system to prepare for an attack. But a research team at Ohio University is focused on another approach: Shut down the genetic machinery that allows the virus to replicate. The team is… Read More

A doctor holds a phone, presumably for a telemedicine visit

Telemedicine Sounds Great, But There Are Barriers, Too

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Side Effects) — As soon as COVID-19 hit, there was a massive jump in telemedicine visits. A Centers for Disease Control study found that in March 2020 there was a 154% increase compared to the previous year. Now it’s clear the coronavirus has dramatically changed the way Americans get medical care. But some of these… Read More

COVID Relief Is Coming To The Ohio Valley. But As Hunger Persists, Did It Arrive Too Late?

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(Ohio Valley ReSource)– He asked her if she was cold. A wind whips around the park in western Kentucky a couple days before Christmas. He puts his arm around her as they move closer together on the bench. Blake Livesay, 27, met Laura Brooke, 31, online earlier in 2020, and they’ve been inseparable since. She… Read More