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ATRN Communications Committee

The ATRN is dedicated to enhancing community health and reducing health disparities, particularly in the Appalchian region through:

  1. Promotion of Researcher-Community Partnerships
  2. Promotion of Activities that Move Scientific Findings into the Community
  3. Promotion of Community Engagement in Research

Community engagement is “the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well-being of those people” (CDC, 1997, http://www.cdc.gov/phppo/pce/). Building of trusting researcher-community relationships and attention to community needs and perspectives is important during community-engaged research and in all human subjects research.

Community Engagement Program activities include:

  • Providing educational tools
  • Awarding of competitive pilot grants
  • Facilitation of researcher and community collaborations
  • Partnership building as part of the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN)

Meet your ATRN outreach and community engagement representatives:

Sheanna Spence, Marshall University

Rebekah Crawford, Ohio University

Matthew Solovey, Penn State University

Jeff GreverThe Ohio State University

Beverly Stringer, The Ohio State University

Rachael SheplerUniversity of Cincinnati

Ashley HallUniversity of Kentucky

Keena Moore, Wake Forest University

Ian Moore, West Virginia University

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