Restoring Health Through Community The Healthy Appalachia Institute’s is working to improve the health, education, environment and prosperity for residents of central Appalachia by collaborating across communities and organizations, generating and implementing new ideas, and engaging the social, economic and scientific issues that exist at the interface of health and the Appalachian culture.

Mountain Empire Older Citizens Receives Accessible Mobility Innovations Grant

CONTACT: Mitch Elliott - Innovations in Transit Mobility 276-523-7433-

Strengthening Connections with Cervical Cancer Specialists: A UVA Telemedicine Pilot Project

Dr. Timothy Showalter is a certified Radiation Oncologist at the University of Virginia's Health System. He provides radiation treatment for patients with genitourinary, gynecologic, and pediatric cancers, melanoma and sarcoma. As a clinical researcher Dr. Showalter is focused on developing more effective radiation therapy schedules and evaluating advanced technologies for brachytherapy and external beam radiation therapy.

Tara Greear Selected at 2016 HAI Research Fellow

Congratulations to Tara Greear who was selected as the Healthy Appalachia Institute Summer 2016 Research Fellow. Tara will work with faculty mentor Renee Stanley on a research project titled, “Self Efficacy and Social Networking Among Individuals with Diabetes Residing in Central Appalachia. “
Greear has partnered with Virginia Cooperative Extension in Dickenson County to work with participants in the Balanced Living with Diabetes program offered this summer. Her research will examine the impact of social networks on the success of participants in the Balanced Living with Diabetes program. Her findings will support the ongoing development, implementation and success of culturally competent diabetes education programs.