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.
“I’m grateful and excited for the opportunity to be working with Balanced Living with Diabetes and to help make a difference in someone’s life,” Greear said.
Balanced Living With Diabetes, offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension, helps people with diabetes learn more about the nutritional management of their disease and the lifestyle practices that will prevent or slow the development of diabetes complications. The program includes weekly classes over four weeks. A reunion class three months after the program ends provides the opportunity for evaluation and follow-up. Learn more about the program here, http://news.cals.vt.edu/innovations/2012/05/taking-charge-of-diabetes/
Greear is a business administration major from Norton, Virginia. She is a member of the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization and was an intern with My Southwest Virginia Opportunity and the Office of Economic Development & Engagement. She is a certified massage therapist and will complete her health coaching certification this summer.