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Mission Statement:

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 Appalachia.

Aims and Priorities from the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care

Aims
  

  • 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 care.
  • Affordable Care:  Reduce the cost of quality health care for individuals, families, employers, and government.
Priorities
  • 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.