UK Rural and Underserved Health Research Center symposium Nov. 12; topics include opioids, vaccines, hospitals, miners’ health

The Rural and Underserved Health Research Center is holding a free half-day symposium to discuss research in a wide range of topics, including: rural opioid misuse and suicide, pneumonia-vaccine disparities, the impact of rural hospital closures on emergency services, and health-care utilization among coal miners with black lung and other respiratory diseases.

The symposium will be held at the University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center, Senate Chamber A268, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 12. The event is free, but registration is required before Nov. 5. Click here to register. Click here to see the full agenda.

The RUHRC is a grant-funded program that focuses its research on access to healthcare and substance abuse treatment in underserved rural areas of the United States, including Appalachia. The research is meant to better inform health policy makers “with the ultimate goal of reducing inequities in care and improving population health in rural communities,” says its website.

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