Training Program

The ACCN Training Program is known as the Appalachian Cancer Scholars Program (ACSP). The goal of the ACSP is to build a critical mass of scientists and health professionals who will be the next generation of investigators using community-based participatory research to reduce the cancer burden in Appalachia. The ACSP will accomplish this goal by delivering distance-based, cross institution didactic and mentored training. ACSP Scholars are also encouraged to participate in ACCN Community Outreach Program and Research Program activities.

The specific goals of the ACSP are to: 

  1. Recruit junior faculty and post-doctoral Scholars to participate in the ACSP including: a) didactic training, b) a mentored research experience, and c) development of an NIH grant proposal;
  2. Provide structured didactic and mentored training in CBPR, cancer health disparities, primary prevention of cancer, evidence-based strategies, surveillance and aspects that are unique to the ACCN including Appalachian history and culture, and faith-based interventions;
  3. Conduct continuous annual process and outcome evaluation of the ACSP to provide feedback to the ACCN Community Advisory Committee, Scientific Advisory Committee, and investigators.

Training Program Director:
Eugene J. Lengerich, VMD, MS
Department of Public Health Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
600 Centerview Drive, Suite 2200
Mailstop A210
Hershey, PA 17033-0855
(717) 531-7178 (Telephone)
(717) 531-5779 (Fax)

Training Program Co-Director:
Karen A. Roberto, PhD
Center for Gerontology
237 Wallace Hall (0426)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-7657 (Telephone)
(540) 231-7157 (Fax)