JOHNSON CITY – Studies aimed at better addressing various
health disparities in the Appalachian region will be presented by
faculty members at East Tennessee State University on Friday, Oct.
24, in room 130 of Roy S. Nicks Hall from 9 a.m. – noon.
The projects were funded by the Appalachian Center for
Translational Research in Disparities, which is housed within
ETSU’s College of Nursing. The center was established
in 2004 through a $1.2 million National Institutes of Health
grant. Its overall mission is to study the combined health
disparity effects experienced by minorities and the rural
population living in Appalachia.
Presentations will include:
- Parents’ Perceived Stigma Regarding Mental Health
Services for Their Children: A Contributor to Increased Health
Disparities in Rural Areas, by Dr. Jodi Polaha, assistant
professor of psychology;
- To Identify the Role of Patients’
Personal-Familial-Cultural Experiences in Cancer Decision-Making
and to Develop an Effective Cancer Care Communication Training
Module, by Dr. Forrest Lang, professor of family medicine;
- Benefits of a Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
Utilizing Complementary Medical Approaches in Rural Appalachia,
by Dr. Mary Ann Littleton, assistant professor of public
- Effectiveness of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of
Prescription Narcotic Dependency, by Dr. Jack Woodside, professor
of family medicine; and
- Use of Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Reduce the Risk of
Cardiovascular Disease in Hispanic Type 2 Diabetes in Northeast
Tennessee, by Dr. Andrew Clark, associate professor of technology
For more information, contact Jill Bumpus at (423) 439-4093.