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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Named 2022 Appalachian Regional Commission States’ Co-Chair

WASHINGTON DC, January 3, 2022Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has been selected to serve as the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) states' co-chair for 2022. As part of ARC's unique federal–state partnership structure, the states' co-chair works with the federal office of the ARC and fellow Appalachian state governors to invest in economic growth across the Region's 423 counties in 13 states.

As the first ARC states' co-chair from Maryland in 30 years, Governor Hogan will be working collaboratively with all 13 Appalachian states and the ARC federal office to advance the strategic investment priorities in ARC's newly released 2022–2026 Strategic Plan. During FY 2021, ARC invested more than $163 million in the Region, which is projected to leverage an additional $1.04 billion in private investments, create or retain nearly 21,000 jobs, and train over 25,000 students, workers, and leaders in new skills across the Appalachian region.

"It's a great honor to be the first Maryland governor in 30 years to serve as co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission," said 2022 ARC States'; Co-Chair Governor Larry Hogan. "The commission is a unique partnership, and this is a particularly critical time for us to work together across state and party lines to advance the economic growth and vitality of the region. I look forward to working closely with Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin and all my colleagues on the Commission."

"I am honored to welcome Governor Hogan as ARC's 2022 states' co-chair," said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. "I look forward to collaborating with him and all of our Appalachian governors as we work toward the shared mission of bringing opportunity, hope, and economic parity to all 26 million of our Appalachian neighbors. On behalf of the Commission, I also want to thank Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for his work during his tenure as states' co-chair in 2021."

About the Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 423 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC's mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.

The overall objective of the Journal of Appalachian Health (JAH) is to improve the health status of the population of Appalachia through the rapid dissemination of knowledge of their health problems and evidence-based solutions to them. JAH will provide actionable knowledge through an online, open access, easily accessible peer-reviewed process focused specifically on Appalachia. JAH is available without charge to authors or readers, including those in the region who can and will use it in their work, whether in a healthcare or a non-healthcare field that has the potential for modification of factors that contribute to poor health.

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Research Articles


The Compounding Effect of Rurality on Health Disparities Among Black Patients with COVID-19
Jessica E. Johnson, Ruchi Bhandari, Allison Lastinger, and Rebecca Reece


Perceived Hearing Loss and Availability of Audiologists in Appalachia
Charles B. Pudrith, Ellyn Grider, and Blythe Kitner


Access to and Use of Technology for Health: Comparisons Between Appalachian Kentuckians and the General U.S. Population
Robin C. Vanderpool, Lindsay R. Stradtman, Anna Gaysynsky, Quan Chen, Meghan Johnson, and Bin Huang


Comparisons of Cooking, Dietary, and Food Safety Characteristics of Food Secure and Food Insecure Sophomores at a University in Appalachia
Hannah Boone, Melissa D. Gutschall, Alisha Farris, Kimberly Fasczewski, Don Holbert, and Laura McArthur


Access to Health Care in Appalachia: Perception and Reality
Michele Morrone, Cory E. Cronin, Kristin Schuller, and Shannon E. Nicks

Media Reviews and Reports