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Dean Wykoff Presents Keynote Presentation at 20th Annual Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit

Dr. Randy Wykoff

Dr. Randy Wykoff provided a keynote presentation at the 20th Annual Summit for the Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC).

Dr. Wykoff spoke during a session on "Growing the Tennessee Valley Economy," sharing the podium with Mountain States Health Alliance CEO Alan Levine. Dr. Wykoff spoke on "The 3-Legged Stool: Economic Development, Health, and Education" highlighting the essential relationship between health and economic development in the Tennessee Valley Corridor, and in other rural and isolated areas in the United States.

The TVC is a regional economic development organization that represents ten congressional districts in five states, including Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Dr. Wykoff analyzed the data for the 149 counties that make up the TVC and then compared their health outcomes and health status with the United States as a whole. His analysis showed, for example, that the premature death rate for the TVC is, on average, 31 percent higher than the National average. He talked about the importance of cooperation and collaboration in addressing these health challenges.

The 20th Annual TVC Summit was hosted by ETSU. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the College of Public Health played an essential role in helping to assure the success of the Summit.  Reports on the Summit may also be found in The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia and the Johnson City Press

 

“The Tennessee Valley Corridor faces significant health challenges we all need to work together to address...to understand the health status of the corridor, we can compare the health status of the United States.”

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