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UVA Student Explores Policy Options to Decrease Tobacco Use in Southwest Virginia

This past semester Healthy Appalachia Institute worked with UVA student (and recent graduate) Alyssa Smith from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy (UVA) as she explored Virginia's current tobacco policies and recommended evidence based policy options to decrease adult tobacco use in Southwest Virginia.

Mountain Empire Older Citizens Receives Accessible Mobility Innovations Grant

CONTACT: Mitch Elliott - Innovations in Transit Mobility 276-523-7433- melliot@meoc.org

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.

Bailey Helbert selected as 2016 HAI Global Health Scholar

Bailey Helbert was selected as the 2016 Healthy Appalachia Institute Global Health Scholar and will travel with the U.Va. Center for Global Health to St. Kitts and Nevis in Summer 2016. She will join the U.Va. Minority Health International Research Training Program cohort and spend ten weeks researching youth diabetes.

“I am so thankful to be chosen as the UVa-Wise candidate to travel to St. Kitts and Nevis and to be a part of the MHIRT cohort,” Helbert said.  "I’ve heard only wonderful things from mentors and past students who have traveled with the U.Va. Center for Global Health. I am also excited to further immerse myself in research on diabetes, as my undergraduate research focuses on that as well.”

What does health look like at UVa-Wise?

"What does health look like at UVa-Wise?” Students in Introduction to Public Health: Appalachian Perspectives at The University of Virginia's College at Wise (official) participating in a Photovoice project, using a visual image to record and reflect on the strengths and weakness of their community and promote dialogue about important health issues.

HAI Receives Funding from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

We are excited to announce that HAI has received funding from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps to partner with Buchanan County Youth, Inc. to strengthen multi-sector partnerships in Buchanan County, and increase capacity to advance evidence based practices, and policies to improve health outcomes.

Improve Health in SWVA: Community Themes and Strengths Assessment

Please consider taking this 10 minute Community Themes and Strengths Assessment survey to improve health in Southwest Virginia! The survey aims to identify strategic issues and inform the formation of goals and strategies to improve health in the region. Gathering input from community members throughout Southwest Virginia, this survey will be used to develop a strong understanding of community concerns, strengths, assets, and perception of quality of life. Access the online survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HealthBlueprint2015


Healthy Appalachia Institute Fall 2015 Newsletter

Learn more about Healthy Appalachia Institute and the work we've been doing this past year.

Check out our Fall 2015 Newsletter!