Membership Committee

The Membership Committee proposes and develops plans for recruitment of new members, as well as retention and engagement of existing members. It identifies, recommends, and implements activities to increase membership by:

  • Publicizing the organization to attract new members
  • Encouraging potential members to join the ATRN
  • Reviewing membership applications to approve new members
  • Publicizing the achievements of members

Policies/Procedures Committee

The Policy and Procedure Committee is a designated committee with goals of insuring the ATRN has policies and procedures in place to guide the operation of the organization in alignment with the ATRN Bylaws.

Goals for the Committee:

  • Establish the ATRN Policy and Procedure Manual that includes a Code of Conduct for Members
  • Conduct annual review of the ATRN Policy and Procedure Manual and suggest revisions as appropriate.
  • Review policy and procedural changes suggested by the ATRN Executive Leadership Committee.
  • Draft motions for policy or procedural changes for the ATRN Executive Leadership Committee for discussion and vote.
  • Review the Committee’s work and procedures and make recommendations to the Executive Leadership Committee regarding its charges and potential changes in its procedures.
  • The Policy and Procedures Committee shall meet bi-monthly by electronic means and as needed to accomplish the committee’s goals.

Join the ATRN Policies and Procedures Committee 

Communications Committee

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, 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)

E-mail the ATRN Executive Committee Member that represents your institution with your interest in joining the ATRN Communications Committee. 


The Research/Education Committee fosters research in Appalachia, and related research areas to enhance professional and personal development of members by:

  • Raising awareness of the role of research within ATRN’s core business
  •  Alerting members to research opportunities (funding, collaboration among members)
  • Disseminating news of research to key stakeholders (members, patients, other professional, funders)
  • Promoting the educational goals of the ATRN by advocating for and supporting education for all ATRN members.  This is done by assembling and maintaining educational resources and making them available to ATRN members.

Summit Planning Committee

The Summit Planning Committee assists with plans for the Annual Health Summit


  • Actively participate in regular conference calls
  • Assist in recruiting content and speakers for the Annual Health Summit

E-mail the ATRN Executive Committee Member that represents your institution with your interest in joining the ATRN Summit Planning Committee. 

Any questions regarding the ATRN Committees can be directed to our Headquarters Office at

About the ATRN

The Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN) is committed to addressing the significant health challenges and disparities specific to Appalachia by enhancing research collaborations to speed the translation of scientific discoveries to health improvements for this region.

The ATRN seeks to foster Community Engagement and Outreach to those in the Appalachian region. In addition, the ATRN will serve as a conduit for enhancing T1 research collaborations in areas relevant to the chronic health conditions prevalent in Appalachia.

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