Community-based research begins at the local level, built upon the foundation of relationships with individuals, neighborhoods, and groups who have common questions and concerns. The UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health hosts Appalachian Research Day each year in Hazard to provide an opportunity to join in the discussion and learn about findings from research studies that have occurred in local communities.
2020 Appalachian Research Day
The 6th Annual Appalachian Research Day: Come Sit on the Porch will be held as a virtual seminar series, beginning September 16, 2020.
For more information, contact:
Beth Bowling, Rural Project Manager
UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health
Appalachian Research Day: Seminar Number 1
September 16, 2020 | 2:00-3:15 pm | Zoom
Reducing Environmental Exposures in Appalachia through Community-Academic Partnerships
Ellen J. Hahn, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor and Director
UK Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Services
Dr. Hahn will provide an overview of environmental impacts on human health and disease. She will share how UK-CARES is connecting academic and community partners to study air, water and soil in the Kentucky River, Cumberland Valley and Big Sandy regions to address environmental health concerns and enhance community well-being.
Appalachian Research Day: Seminar Number 2
September 30, 2020 | 2:00-3:15 pm | Zoom
Substance Use Disorder Recovery Task Force Panel
Moderated by JoAnn Vanzant, Program Director, Operation UNITE
The Rural Health Opioid Grant
JoAnn Vanzant, Program Director, Operation UNITE
Ms. Vanzant will share how this grant has impacted the Kentucky River District, including progress that has been made, challenges that were encountered and barriers that were addressed. Attendees will learn how to get involved in their communities and attend local UNITE Coalition meetings where available.
Kentucky State Police Angel Initiative
Jennifer Sandlin, Captain, Kentucky State Police
Captain Sandlin will discuss her experience working with Operation UNITE to pilot the first Angel Initiative program for the Kentucky State Police at Post 9 in Pikeville in 2017. She will share data and current information about the initiative.
Rural EMS Overdose Response and Mitigation
Jonathan Allen, Director, Lee County EMS and Lee County Emergency Management Services
Mr. Allen will cover the unique challenges of drug overdose response in a rural community setting. He will discuss treatment on the scene, building trust with the patient, rehabilitation resources and follow up after the call.
The Community Holds the Key
Michael Clark, Community Liasion, Addiction Recovery Care Center
Mr. Clark will share a personal testimony about his 20-year battle with substance misuse. Attendees will learn what he is doing now at the community level to help others on their journey to recovery.
Appalachian Research Day: Seminar Number 3
October 14, 2020 | 2:00-3:15 pm | Zoom
2020 Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky Project Presentations
Moderated by Kathryn Cardarelli, PhD, University of Kentucky
Project Presentations by Graduates of the 2020 Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky
2020 CLIK graduates:
- Cathryn Forester
- Ricki Draper
- Sandra Jones
- Sarah Olinger
- Brandy Slone
- Sherry Spragens
Appalachian Research Day: Seminar Number 4
October 28, 2020 | 2:00-3:15 pm | Zoom
Virtual Poster Session
During the Virtual Poster Session, posters will be judged and the winners will have the opportunity to present their research during this shared session. Please click on the links below to view all selected posters.
- Poster 1: Physical Therapy and Covid-19: Experiences from Clinicians inform Physical Therapy Education
- Poster 2: Assessing the Effectiveness of Cancer Screening Interventions Targeting Appalachian Populations: a Systematic Review
- Poster 3: Center for Excellence in Rural Health Program Evaluation
- Poster 4: Efficacy of Utilizing Citizen Scientists in Monitoring School Bus Air Quality and Absentee Rates in a Rural Appalachian Public School System
- Poster 5: Frequency and Follow-Up Practices of Germline Mutations in Appalachian Patients Enrolled in Total Cancer Care
- Poster 6: Going the Distance: Perceptions & Practices of Interprofessional Care in Rural Kentucky
- Poster 7: Prenatal Polysubstance Exposure and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Predict Language Delay at 10 Years of Life
- Poster 8: Uncertain Birth: Cultural Politics and Embodied Consequences of Accessing Pregnancy Care Rural Appalachia
- Poster 9: Improving Appalachian Healthcare: A Meta-Analysis on Green Tea’s Effect on Weight Loss and Maintenance
2019 Appalachian Research Day:
The 5th annual Appalachian Research Day brought together nearly 160 people on September 18, 2019 to discuss health disparities research in Appalachia. Highlights of the conference include:
- Keynote Address: Vaping and Tobacco in Kentucky
Dr. Angela Dearinger, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Public Health
- Understanding and Improving Health: Lessons from Kentucky and America’s Poorest State
Randy Wycoff, Dean, College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University
- Health Disparities in Hard to Reach Populations: A Community Health Worker Perspective
Kentucky Homeplace CHW Panel
- A Regional Approach to Improving Health Outcomes in the Kentucky River Area Development District
Scott Lockard, Director, Kentucky River District Health Department
- Leveraging Strengths and Assets to Improve Health and Well-Being in Appalachia
Mike Meit, Co-Director, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
- Keynote Address: Vaping and Tobacco in Kentucky