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Diabetes: A Family Matter

Athens County, Ohio

Overview

Athens County

Athens County is located in southeastern Ohio and extends west from the Ohio River. It is approximately 509 square miles, with 507 square miles consisting of land and 2 square miles consisting of water. The total population living in Athens County in 2003 was 64,380 with a density of about 127 people per square mile. In a 2000 census, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the median income for a household in the county was $27, 322 and the median income for a family was $39,785. About 14.00% of families and 27.40% of the population fall below the poverty line, and the unemployment rate was 8.4% in 2009. Ohio University is located here and is considered one of the highest employers in the county.

Additional information about Athens county can be obtained from the Athens County Chamber of Commerce, as well as from the links below.

Picture of Athens County Courthouse

Cities, Villages, and Communities:

Cities - Athens, Nelsonville

Villages - Albany, Amesville, Buchtel, Chauncey, Coolville, Glouster, Jacksonville, Trimble

Census-Designated Place - The Plains

Unincorporated Communities - Carbondale, Canaanville, Guysville, Hockingport, Millfield, Modoc, New Marshfield, Redtown, Shade, Sharpsburg, Stewart

Health Resources in Athens County:

According to a community health assessment performed by the Appalachian Rural Health Institute in 2006, there were 116 physicians in Athens County which include medical doctors and osteopathic doctors. There were also 10 general dentistry practices in the Athens area. The Athens County Health Department provides many services to local residents.

The following is a list of some of the health services available:

Exercise Facilities: WellWorks at Ohio University, Curves for Women, Athens Community Center

Assisted Living Facilities: The Lindley Inn, Hickory Creek Nursing Center, Echoing Meadows Residential Center

 

Diabetes Services

The Diabetes: A Family Matter Program:
For information about the local program, activities, and events contact Ruth Dudding at the Athens County Department of Health. Her contact information is dudding@health.athens.oh.us or 740-592-4431

Diabetes Coalition
This group provides monthly diabetes education, medical updates, and continuing education credit to diabetes educators and others working with and interested in diabetes. The group meets quarterly and is free. Contact Carol Merkle or Ann Brieck for more information.

 

Volunteer SUGARHelpers & Activities

Click Here for more info about current SUGAR Helper activities in Athens County

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