Appalachia Picture


The long-term goal of the ACCN is to contribute to the reduction of cancer health disparities in Appalachia by developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based participatory research projects. The specific aims of the ACCN are to:

  1. Build on a foundation established by previous successful community-based participatory interactions and develop, expand, and maintain community partnerships to facilitate research and action to reduce cancer health disparities;
  2. Conduct community-based participatory research to address cancer health disparities in Appalachia, including a controlled intervention project and a pilot educational research project;
  3. Develop and implement a training program in CBPR for junior investigators and postdoctoral scholars;
  4. Disseminate research findings to community and scientific partners; and
  5. Evaluate the ACCN, including its research projects, attention to processes, short term impact, and achievement of outcomes.