As part of the ATRN, The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science focuses on health in Appalachia. The ATRN has been established to support:

  • Multi-institutional and multi-state collaborative pilot funding opportunities for OSU/NCH researchers
  • Facilitation of research collaborations and mentorship opportunities both within OSU/NCH and across institutions through an ATRN: Researcher Directory
  • An Appalachian community-based research infrastructure which will facilitate, for example, researcher-community partnerships, recruitment, and the conduct of research
  • Furthering of researchers' understanding of Appalachian culture through outreach, engagement, and research activities.

 

Meet your ATRN outreach and community engagement representatives:

Patrick Kitzman, University of Kentucky

Erin Haynes, University of Cincinnati

Kelly Nottingham, Ohio University

Sebastian Diaz, Ohio State University

Beverly Stringer, Ohio State University

Jay Mason, West Virginia University

Todd Davies, Marshall University

Beth Bailey, East Tennessee State University

 

The ATRN is dedicated to enhancing community health and reducing health disparities, particularly in the Appalcahian 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)