Officials discuss rural health at SOAR summit

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PIKEVILLE, Ky (WYMT) - During breakout sessions groups discussed successes and challenges in rural health, the digital economy, and an abandoned mine lands economic and community development pilot program.

While talking about rural health, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention talked about how improving health starts in a community.

"It's not enough to screen people for conditions, we have to look at the outcomes, we have to be hard-nosed about it, we have to be willing to ask the tough questions," said Tom Frieden with the CDC. "How many people did we actually help, what proportion of people we tried to help and actually got it?"

Officials with Pikeville Medical Center and local grocery stores were also there to discuss ways to improve health.