Appalachian Research Day, Come sit on the Porch

Rural Appalachian communities in eastern Kentucky suffer from some of the Nation’s most concerning health disparities. Community-based research can be an effective way to address health disparities by identifying problems and sharing workable solutions. However, challenges exist in recruiting and retaining research participants in rural populations that can often be difficult to reach. Partnerships between researchers and communities are essential to the success of the research process, particularly translation of findings back into the community.

Appalachian Research Day, Come Sit on the Porch, is an annual one-day conference developed by UK CERH that offers a unique forum for university researchers to disseminate community-based health disparities research findings directly into the communities where the research was conducted. These research findings drive new and exciting health initiatives that are transforming lives across Kentucky’s rural Appalachian region.

Appalachian Research Day, hosted by the Center of Excellence in Rural Health, is a unique forum that demonstrates that successful community based research:

  • must begin at the local level;

  • builds upon the foundation of relationships among individuals, neighbors, and groups who have common questions and concerns;

  • benefits from partnerships between communities and researchers;

  • requires strategies for successful recruitment and retention of special populations that can be difficult to reach;

  • offers opportunities for local research dissemination and implementation.

During this presentation at the ASA conference, prior Appalachian Research Day topics will be shared along with the impact the research had on the community and feedback from participants of previous Appalachian Research Day events.