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Network created to address obesity, chronic health issues in Appalachian region
Date:4/29/2011

olutions that could impact everyone, everywhere."

Collaboration is key to success

The Appalachian region is a 205,000-square-mile area that spans from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states with an estimated population of 24.8 million. States that include significant portions of Appalachia consistently demonstrate high rankings for many chronic illnesses and diseases, with Kentucky and West Virginia having some of the worst rankings in the U.S. in cancer deaths, smoking, obesity and diabetes.

Traditionally, rural communities like those in Appalachia pose geographic challenges that make it difficult to conduct outreach and research. Further, groups working in those communities tend to have limited sharing of resources or information, making effective long term improvements elusive, something ATRN experts are confident they can change.

Notable research targets health trifecta: obesity, smoking, diabetes

While the Health Summit focused on obesity, it also featured many ongoing research projects addressing health issues related to and complicated by obesity. Many of these ongoing studies have been supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health and/or the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) including:

  • Dr. Brady Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University and principal investigator (PI) at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, conducts ongoing research in the Appalachian tri-state region of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia to evaluate web-based smoking cessation programs (which can be completed from home) with adolescent smokers. Pilot work also has begun to implement and evaluate a home-based smoking cessation program for pregnant smokers in Appalachian Ohio and Kentucky.
  • Dr. Mark Dignan, PI on an NIH-funded U54 Appalachia Community Cancer Network (ACCN) based
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Contact: Kim Toussant
kim.toussant@osumc.edu
614-366-7215
Ohio State University Medical Center
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