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Interview: Dr. Randy Wykoff on challenges and improvements in Appalachia

The University Press of Kentucky

The people of Appalachia have endured many challenges over the centuries, but a continuing lack of access to healthcare is one of the most persistent. Dr. Randy Wykoff is Dean of the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University, new editor-in-chief of the Journal of Appalachian Health, and co-editor of the recent book Appalachian Health: Culture, Challenges, and Capacity. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with Dr. Wykoff about the book and what he thinks are its most important messages.

Chrissy is WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She has been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally fills in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and has won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.