Center of Excellence in Rural Health Releases Appalachian Research Day Agenda

HAZARD, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2019) The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) has released the agenda for the fifth annual Appalachian Research Day: Come Sit on the Porch.  The one-day event, which shares results of health research conducted with communities in Appalachia, will be held Wednesday, September 18 at the First Federal Center in Hazard. Registration for the event closes on September 12. Click here to register or to view the full agenda.

UK researchers work closely with communities throughout Appalachia to learn more about health issues and improve wellbeing. Appalachian Research Day is an opportunity to highlight community-based research that begins at the local level and builds upon relationships between people, neighborhoods, and groups who have common interests and concerns.

Highlights of this year’s conference include:

  • Understanding and Improving Health: Lessons from Kentucky and America’s Poorest State, by 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

  • Operation Change Perry County, featuring an Operation Change Participant Panel moderated by Keisha Hudson, Research Assistant, University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health

  • Twenty research posters on a variety of health topics will be presented and judged.  Winners will be announced during the lunch.

  • Lunch entertainment will feature Appalachian Storytelling by drama students from Knott County High School, Johnson County High School and Hazard Independent High School                                             

Click here to register or to view the full agenda. For more information, contact beth.bowling@uky.edu, 606-439-3557.