Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ARC Conference To Be Held In Prestonsburg

Governor Steve Beshear will welcome leaders from 13 Appalachian states to Prestonsburg next week. The annual Appalachian Regional Commission Conference will be held at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park September 7-9th. This year's conference theme, "Healthy Families: Healthy Futures," will focus on the unique health challenges of the region. Health experts and community leaders from across Appalachia will examine key health issues and highlight successful health-care programs throughout the multi-state area. "As the 2011 ARC States' Co-Chair, I am honored to host this broad spectrum of regional community, business, health and education leaders from across Appalachia in Kentucky for this annual ARC event," Governor Beshear said. Some of the many topics to be discussed at this year's conference  include expanding health-care access for children, preventing substance abuse among adolescents and improving children's oral health. Governor Beshear announced last week that approximately 25,000 Kentucky children in Appalachia will receive preventive oral health services through a new pilot program called Smiling Schools, funded mainly through a $1 million grant from the ARC.