Corresponding Author

Randy Wykoff, MD, MPH & TM


Author Affiliations

Randy Wykoff, MD, MPH & TM

Dean and Professor, College of Public Health (ETSU)

Senior Advisor, Center for Rural Health Research

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Appalachian Health

Author Area of Expertise

Appalachian health


Many stereotypes afflict our much-maligned region, and the Jonesborough­­–Washington County History Museum displays eight of these "myths of Appalachia." Here, our Editor-in-Chief suggests a ninth—that the people of Appalachia "do not care" about their health—and argues that regional health disparities result not from apathy but from a confluence of socioeconomic factors.



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Recommended Citation

Wykoff R. The ninth myth of Appalachia. J Appalach Health 2023;5(2):1–4. DOI: https://doi.org/10.13023/jah.0502.01.