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The Appalachian Learning Initiative conducts research on adult literacy, numeracy, infectious disease, substance use disorders, public health, and access to public services, such as healthcare, nutrition assistance, adult education, housing, and medical treatment—all issues that disproportionately impact adults living in Appalachia.

Defining Appalachia

When people hear the term, 'Appalachia,' often the first place that comes to mind is West Virginia. But, the Appalachian Region is much bigger than West Virginia. Learn about how Appalachian areas are defined and the history behind the Appalachian Regional Commission

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