Remaining Challenges

The Student Health Coalition (SHC) had a healthy effect on most of the rural and mountain communities it served, but never came close to solving all the problems afflicting them. Chronic conditions were too entrenched and pernicious to be remedied with the limited treatments at the SHC’s disposal. New maladies arose long after the SHC’s departure and many challenges remain unresolved.


Art Van Zee on the opioid epidemic in southwestern Virginia

Art Van Zee was among the first physicians in the U.S. to warn people about the dangers of OxyContin and take a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company head on for its marketing blunders. He describes his witness of the problem rapidly… Continued

Where can the SHC go from here?

Charles “Boomer” Winfrey and Maureen O’Connell ruminate on work left to be done in the eastern Tennessee region of Appalachia. Their focus pertains mostly to the ongoing need for augmented healthcare resources, drug education and reform, and meeting the needs… Continued