Restoring Health Through Community The Healthy Appalachia Institute’s is working to improve the health, education, environment and prosperity for residents of central Appalachia by collaborating across communities and organizations, generating and implementing new ideas, and engaging the social, economic and scientific issues that exist at the interface of health and the Appalachian culture.

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.