The Appalachian Research Network (AppNET) is
a collaborative network of primarily rural South Central
Appalachian primary health care practitioners and academic
researchers. The mission of AppNET is to conduct and support
practice-based research to improve the quality of rural primary
care delivered in the region, and work toward the goal of
eliminating health disparities of the people of South Central
Aims and Priorities from the National
Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care
Better Care: Improve the overall
quality, by making health care more patient-centered, reliable,
accessible, and safe.
Healthy People & Communities:
Improve the health of the U.S. population by supporting proven
interventions to address behavioral, social, and environmental
determinants of health in addition to delivering higher-quality
Affordable Care: Reduce the cost of
quality health care for individuals, families, employers, and
Making care safer by reducing harm caused
in the delivery of care.
Ensuring that each person and family is
engaged as partners in their care.
Promoting effective communication and
coordination of care.
Promoting the most effective prevention and
treatment practices for the leading causes of mortality,
starting with cardiovascular disease.
Working with communities to promote wide
use of best practices to enable healthy living.
Making quality care more affordable for
individuals, families, employers, and governments by developing
and spreading new health care delivery models.