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UT Groups Use Research, Heart to Improve Appalachian Region

Homeowners are challenged by leaking roofs, aging construction, and mold.

Homeowners are challenged by leaking roofs, aging construction, and mold.

UT students and professors from various disciplines are working together to make an Appalachian community a safer and healthier place to live—and serve as a model to help other communities like it.

Clay County, Kentucky, ranks near the bottom for the state’s major health indicators, including obesity, infant mortality, and disability. In rural areas, clean water is hard to come by, flooding is common, and mold is ubiquitous.

Nursing professors and students in the Global Disaster Nursing program, with their counterparts in architecture, environmental engineering, and the Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) based in UT’s Institute for Public Service, are working with community partners to improve the area’s community wellness and disaster preparedness.

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