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

at UK working in tandem with community partners in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania, provided "lessons learned" at the Summit from his many years of community-based participatory research in the region. The current ACCN project involves an intervention to address obesity as a preventative to cancer delivered via participating church communities.
  • With funding from the CDC and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Dr. Richard Crespo of Marshall University has established 66 Diabetes Community Collaboratives in nine Appalachian states since 2001, with almost 1,000 community leaders now trained to deliver courses in diabetes self-management at the community level. During the Summit, Dr. Crespo conferred with Dr. Kevin Pearce, PI of an NIH-funded Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Collaboratives project based at UK, on how best to interface these community groups with primary care provider collaboratives in the region.

    The ATRN also has several upcoming projects, including jointly-funded pilot research studies, development of new collaborations in the region, joint-mentoring opportunities and community-based participatory research and Practice-Based Research Network programs.


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  • Contact: Kim Toussant
    kim.toussant@osumc.edu
    614-366-7215
    Ohio State University Medical Center
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