Appalachian Research Day

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. 

Flier: Seminar Number 1 [pdf]
Video Presentation: Session 1 - UK CARES, Dr. Ellen Hahn

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 Liaision, 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.

Flier: Seminar Number 2 [pdf]
Video Presentation: Session 2 - Substance Abuse and Recovery Task Force

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

Video Presentation: Session 3 - Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky

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. 

Video Presentation: Session 4 - Poster Winners

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