ATRN 2023 Annual Health Summit
*Agenda times and content subject to change.
Summit Venue: The Mountainlair - 1550 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
Download the ATRN 2023 Annual Health Summit Oral Abstracts Guide

Thursday, October 5, 2023

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration Open

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Bri Sheppard, 2023 ATRN Chair
Associate Director, Rural Health Workforce and Center Development 
National Center for Rural Health Professions
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Keynote Address - Working at the Intersection of Local Policy, Research, and Health in Southern Appalachia 
Location: Ballroom
Dr. Jodi Polaha, Professor, College of Medicine and Director of the Institute for Integrated Behavioral Health at East Tennessee State University

This presentation will describe contemporary areas of health policy development in Appalachia from the perspective of a local elected official who is also an academic, researcher, and health care provider.  In addition to stimulating ideas about locally-relevant areas for health policy research, the presentation aims to inspire dialogue around the role of researchers/scholars in translating evidence for advocacy, community engagement, and contributing to the improvement of democracy.

10:30 am - 10:45 am 

Refreshment Break and Visit Exhibitors
Thank you to our Sponsor Partners!

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session 1 - Health Challenges and Disparities for Chemical Exposures in Appalachia
Location: Greenbrier
Systemic Microvascular Consequences of Pulmonary Exposure to Particulate Matter Generated by a Mountaintop Mining Site in West Virginia
Tim R. Nurkiewicz, West Virginia University

Biomonitoring of Environmental Chemicals Among Pregnant Women in Southwestern Pennsylvania
Natalie Price, University of Pittsburgh

Vaping During Pregnancy: Is it Safer than Smoking?
Mark Olfert, West Virginia University

Maternal Engineered Nanomaterial Exposure During Gestation Affects Female Fertility and Neonatal Health Across Generations
Elizabeth C. Bowdridge, West Virginia University

Session 2 - Clinical Research: Recruitment, Retainment, Challenges, and Best Practices
Location: Cathedral

Evaluating Infant MRI Study Recruitment Efforts: A Thematic Analysis of Mothers' Feedback to Improve Study, Recruitment, and Retention Strategies
Oziomachukwu Chinaka, Virginia Tech

How to Effectively Utilize Undergraduate Interns in Recruitment and Enrollment
Madison Fichter, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Establishing research Infrastructure at Regional Medical School Campus
William Lewis, West Virginia University

Barriers and Facilitators in a Fentanyl Test Strip (FTS) Utilization Study in Appalachia
Robert Lane, West Virginia University

Session 3 - COVID-19 Challenges in Rural Appalachia
Location: Laurel

Training Youth to Deliver a Brief COVID-19 Educational Intervention in Rural West Virginia Communities: Lessons Learned from an Innovative Partnership
Brenna Kirk, West Virginia University

Appalachian Community Health Days: Going to the People
Melissa Slone, University of Kentucky

The Impact of COVID-19 Infection on Concurrent Traumatic Insults - An Analysis from The West Virginia Trauma System
Cristhian Perez, West Virginia University

Indirect Effects of COVID-19 on Health Services for the Medicaid COPD Population: West Virginia, 2018-2021
Carol Stocks, West Virginia University

Session 4 - Health Issues Affecting Appalachians
Location: Rhododendron
The Proteomic Response to Stroke Differs in Patients from AppalachiaKeith Pennypacker, University of Kentucky

The Relationship between Self-Reported Sleep Disruption and Combined Endpoint Heart Failure Outcomes in a Rural Adult Population
Ketrell L McWhorter, University of Kentucky

Neurorehabilitation Research at a Clinic Near You: Making a Case (Series) for Computer Vision
Justin Huber, University of Kentucky

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Break and Visit Exhibitors
Thank you to our Sponsor Partners!

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch Plenary Panel - Implementation Science: Perspectives on Methods to Improve Implementation of Evidence into Practice
Location: Ballroom
Nicole Stout,
Research Assistant Professor
WVU Cancer Institute
School of Medicine
Department of Hematology and Oncology
Cancer Prevention and Control
School of Public Health
Department of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership
West Virginia University

Robert Stansbury, MD
Professor and Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine; Program Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship

Moderated by: William D. Lewis , MD, FAAFP
Associate Professor (Clinical), Department of Family Medicine; Co-Director, WV Practice Based Research Network

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session 1 - Public Health
Location: Greenbriar

Regional Differences in the Delivery of Mental and Behavioral Health Services to West Virginia Youth
Jennifer Ervin, West Virginia University

Characteristics of Low Acuity Emergency Department Visits for a Healthcare System in Southwest Virginia
Jasmine Johnson, Virginia Tech

Obstacles and Opportunities in the Conduction of Neuroscience Research in Rural Appalachia
Cambri Fox, Lincoln Memorial University

Deciphering Statin Bioaccumulation and Fate in Aquatic Habitats: An Advanced Analytical Framework
David Sanchez, University of Pittsburgh 

Session 2 - Health Related Policy Implementation and Enforcement
Location: Cathedral

Leveraging a State-University Partnership to Meet Training Needs for Implementing the West Virginia Statewide Transition Plan
A. Brianna Sheppard, University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford

Lessons from a COVID-19 Medicaid Policy Evaluation of Emergency Medical Services
Johnna S. Beane, West Virginia University 

Impact of CATCH My Breath vaping prevention program on vaping usage and education in West Virginia schools
Trey Bennett, West Virginia University, West Virginia Alliance for Creative Health Solutions

Session 3 - Substance Use Disorder
Location: Laurel

Understanding Risks of Oral Health Problems among Adults Treated with Sublingual Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder
Wen-Jan Tuan, Penn State University 

Unique Associations Between Insular Alcohol Cue Reactivity and Naturalistic Drinking Outcomes Among Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorder
Sydni Anderson, University of Kentucky

Opioid use disorder (OUD) among West Virginia Medicaid enrollees: A quantitative study
Mohammad Masudul Alam, West Virginia University

Moments of Clarity: From Diseases of Despair to Lives of Hope in Persons Recovering from Addiction
Kristin Cunningham, Penn State University 

Session 4 - Pregnancy Complications and Maternal Health
Location: Rhododendron

Association Between Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy and Ductus Arteriosus Constriction: A Case Series Study
Carol Boctor, West Virginia University 

Social Determinants of Health, Racioethnicity, and Severe Maternal Mortality Comorbidity Risk and Emergency Department Visits during Pregnancy
Naleef Fareed, Ohio State University

The Effect of Elevated Blood Pressure and Stage One Hypertension on Perinatal Outcomes in Appalachian Gravidas
Caroline B. Briggs, Marshall University

The Experiences of Reproductive Choices by Women with Terminal Degrees in Roanoke, Virginia: A Qualitative Study
Alexandria Pilot Chambers, Virginia Tech

Session 5 - Access to Healthy Food and Healthy Eating Education
Location: Monongahela

Addressing Community Priorities Using Effective Prevention Strategies: Buen Provecho! A Virtual Family-Based Intervention to Promote Health
Elyssa Wood, Inova

Improving Food Access and Reducing Health Disparities Through a Co-Op Grocery Store Food Pharmacy
Callie Brown, Wake Forest University 

Laurel HARVEST Multi-Level Intervention Planning with a Community Advisory Board
Makenzie Barr-Porter, University of Kentucky

Expansion, Implementation, and Baseline Assessments of the Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky's Meals on Wings Program for Older Adults in Subsidized Housing
Kendra OoNorasak, University of Kentucky 

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm 

Break and Visit Exhibitors 
Thank you to our Sponsor Partners!

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 

Session 1 - Impact of Bidirectional Learning Between Institutional and Community Partners
Location: Greenbrier

The Role of WVCTSI Project ECHO in Improving Access to Care in Rural WV
Jay Mason, West Virginia University 

Conducting a Community Scientist Academy to Prepare Stakeholders for Engagement in Research
Jeff Grever, Ohio State University 

Engaging Rural Practice-Based Research Networks in Research Methods to Increase Research Capacity
Stacey Whanger, West Virginia University 

Developing Team Up: A Public Health Academic Practice Collaborative (Team Up)
Angela L. Carman, University of Kentucky 

Session 2 - Pediatrics
Location: Cathedral

Pediatric Cancer Symptoms Reported by Child-Caregiver Dyads and Associations with Rural and Appalachian Residency
Ashley Benhayoun, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Unlocking the Secret Connection: Appalachian and Medically Underserved Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Patients Experience Higher Rates of Disease Relapse
Olivia Kuns, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Reducing Penicillin Allergy in Rural American Children: A Patient-Initiated Delabeling Program
Andrew Winslow, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Leveraging School-based Healthcare as a Health Equity Strategy in Appalachia
Mary Kay Irwin, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Session 3 - Health Informatics and Telemedicine
Location: Laurel

Development of a Health Information Technology Assessment to Enhance Use of Electronic Health Records in Colorectal Cancer Screening and Follow-Up
Adam Baus, West Virginia University 

Federal Policies that Affected Broadband Expansion and Telehealth in Appalachia during the Pandemic
Deborah A. Kirkland, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Together We Care: Advancing Health Equity for Juvenile Populations in Rural Ohio through Community-Academic Telehealth Partnership
Kaitlyn Burns, University of Cincinnati 

Patient and Provider Experience with Telehealth Visits in a Family Medicine Center
Lisa Calderwood, Charleston Area Medical Center

Session 4 - Environmental Impact on Healthy Habits
Location: Rhododendron

"Fresh Air, Sunshine, Walking": A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Space and Health in Rural, Appalachian Pennsylvania
Ellen Jordan, Penn State University 

Accessibility, Condition, and Safety of Appalachian Communities where Children Play, Learn, and Grow
Rachel Bican, Ohio University 

Agreement between Environmental Checklists Performed In-Person and via Google Maps in Appalachia
Justin Davis, Ohio University 

Session 5 - Tobacco
Location: Monongahela

Per Capita Density of Tobacco Retailers in Rural Ohio
Megan Roberts, Ohio State University 

Metals Exposure Associated with Smoking Among Pregnant Women in Southwestern Pennsylvania
Natalie Price, University of Pittsburgh 

Emergency Department Management of Tobacco Use Disorder
Bradley End, West Virginia University 

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm 

Break and Visit Exhibitors 
Thank you to our Sponsor Partners! 

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Networking and Committee Meetings

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Break and Visit Exhibitors
Thank you to our Sponsor Partners!

4:45 pm - 6:15 pm 

Poster Session
Location: Ballroom

Accelerating Institutional Investment in West Virginia: The West Virginia Anchors in Resilient Communities (ARC) project
Megan Govindan, West Virginia University

iTHRIV Public Research Data Commons: Facilitating Open Science and Dissemination
Johanna Loomba, UVA

Community Advisory Board of Southeast Ohio:  Collaboration Between Community and Researchers
Beverly Stringer, Ohio State University

Underweight and Obesity: Predict Depression Across Rural and Urban Areas
Ayah Aldebyan, West Virginia University

Effects of a Tele-health Intervention on Physical Activity and Physical Activity Self-efficacy: Results of the Home-based Exercise in Rural Ohio (HERO) Trial
Zachary L. Chaplow, Ohio State University

Assessing Psychosocial Experiences of People in Addiction Recovery Using the CHESS Connections App
Christena Ross, West Virginia University

Knowledge and Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease in Appalachia: A Survey
Brittney Blair

A Study Protocol and Feasibility Report: A Visiting Neighbors Program in Rural West Virginia
Ubolrat Piamjariyakul, West Virginia University

Results of the First Response to Opioids Survey Tool (FROST): A Novel Brief Screening Tool to Assess Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Risk
Sara L. Mills-Huffnagle, Penn State University

Patterns of Cannabis and Concomitant Substance Use Among Adolescents in the USA - A Cross-Sectional Survey Study
Arjola Agolli, Penn State University

Stroke Disparities by Community Level Socioeconomic Distress Among Heart Failure Patients in West Virginia
Brian Hendricks, West Virginia University

Lack of Social Support and Unemployment Contribute to Diabetes Disparities in Southeastern Ohio
Mason Mangapora, Ohio University

A Cartographic Exploration: Healthcare Accessibility in Appalachia 
Elizabeth Morgan Tolliver

Improving Access to Diagnostic and Support Resources for Rural Populations Impacted by Multiple Sclerosis in Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia
Sarah Ward

Impact of the Opioid Crisis on Pregnancy and Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Pennsylvania: Rates of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Rachael Wittmer

Women's Perceptions of Prenatal Care Access in West Virginia, including Economic Challenges, Life Stressors, and Transportation Obstacles
Rachael Alderman, West Virginia University

Coping Styles Moderate the Relationship between Diabetes Distress and Self-Care Behaviors in Adults with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Eric Schmitz, Ohio University

Results of a Mixed-Methods Study to Inform the Development of a Patient Navigation Program for Hearing Healthcare in Rural Kentucky 
Laura Bellnier, University of Kentucky

Integrating a Gamified Digital Application in Nature-Based Settings to Improve Physical Activity and Health Outcomes among Central Pennsylvanians: Using a Socioecological, Cross-Disciplinary Guiding Framework
Sunderland K. Baker, Penn State University

Place-based health disparities add to the burdens of family caregivers
Carly Pullen, West Virginia University

I Vaccinate, a Multi-Level, Four-State Initiative to Improve Uptake of HPV Vaccination in Appalachia: Description and Lessons Learned
Stephenie Kennedy-Rea, West Virginia University

Place-based Oral Health Disparities: Differential Associations Between Age and Memory Loss Within West Virginia
Maya Wetherbee, West Virginia University

A Qualitative Analysis of Residential Care Providers' Experiences Under West Virginia's Section 1115 Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Waiver Demonstration
Herb Linn, West Virginia University

Growing Hope: How West Virginia's State Cancer Coalition is Increasing Food Access for People Diagnosed with Cancer
Abby Starkey, West Virginia University

Walking a Mile in Their Shoes: Examining the Social Determinants of Health in Rural Appalachia
Evonne Richards, West Virginia University School of Osteopathic Medicine

The Influence of Spirituality on Caregiver Burden and Quality of Life in Older Adult Informal Caregivers
Stephanie Young, West Virginia University

Impact of Vaccination on Risk of COVID19 Related Mortality in West Virginia
Maryam Khodaverdi, West Virginia University

A Scoping Review of Personalized Care for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
John Moise, West Virginia University

Attitudes, Perceptions, and Readiness to Treat Substance Use Disorder amongst West Virginia Healthcare Students
Brett Miller, West Virginia University

Virtual Reality Module Fosters Empathy and Reduces Stigma in Opioid Use Disorder Among Medical Students
Dominique Rehl OMSIII, Ohio University

Family Caregiving of Patients with Heart Failure and Vascular Dementia in Rural Appalachia: A Mixed-Methods Study
Ubolrat Piamjariyakul, West Virginia University

Addressing Disparities in Skin Cancer Mortality Using Educational Interventions
Katherine Gnegy

Black By God: Strengthening Health Communication in Black/African American communities
Megan Govindan, West Virginia University 

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 

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