Gov. Lee Announces Center for Rural Health Research at ETSU College of Public Health - Articles

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Posted by: Jarod Word on Jul 18, 2019

Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday announced a new Center for Rural Health Research at East Tennessee State University where students, local health care agencies and national health experts will study ways to improve health outcomes for citizens of rural communities, the Citizen Tribune reports. The center will be located at the university’s College of Public Health and will be paid for by a $1.5 million grant — with a recurring $750,000 annual investment by the state — and a commitment by Ballad Health, which pledged $15 million to the center over the next 10 years. ETSU president Dr. Brian Noland said of the center: “Appalachia is going to lead in developing solutions to many of the challenges facing our rural communities … This is not a Tennessee problem. It is a national one.”