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East Tennessee State University (ETSU) responded to a funding opportunity from the Southeast Public Health Training Center in 2005 to develop a plan to address the methamphetamine crisis as a threat to the health of the public in the Appalachian region. An August 2005 invitational workshop included persons from eight different community stakeholder groups in six states. Based upon findings from this workshop funding was provided to conduct a major regional conference on substance abuse including methamphetamine production and use.

The March 2006 conference held in Johnson City TN was attended by twenty-six community teams composed of multiple stakeholder interests. Data from the conference and from the challenge grant applications was analyzed at a Ninety Day Working Group Meeting in June 2006 in Prestonsburg KY. A new community definition of substance abuse was generated; a model for evaluating factors related to community action identified, and research themes and questions proposed.

ETSU prepared the report and manual of best practices for the Sharing Best Practices: A Partner Approach to Substance Abuse conference July 27, 2009, sponsored by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and featuring grantees from the Appalachian Regional Commissionís first round of competitive substance abuse grants.

Research into substance abuse in Appalachia continues with an evaluation of the challenge grants, Appalachian case study in partnership with the National Opinion Research Center, and collaborative efforts with the Coalition on Appalachian Substance Abuse Policy.

Final Conference Report East Tennessee State University
Substance Abuse as Appalachian Health Disparity Appalachian Regional Commission
Focus on Substance Abuse in Appalachia ETSU College of Public Health
Public Policy Research Ideas ETSU Office of Rural & Community Health & Community Partnerships
Panel Presentation on Community Based Participatory Research Coalition on Appalachian Substance Abuse Policy
Flow Chart of Events Appalachian Center for Translational Research In Disparities
WETS Audio Report University of North Carolina
Manual of Best Practices (from the "Sharing Best Practices: A Partner Approach to Substance Abuse Conference")  
Sharing Best Practices Conference Report  
Conference Summary  
Agenda, Speakers, Participants
Community Perceptions of Substance Abuse
Stakeholder Panel Summary
Summaries of Best Practices
Methamphetamine Glossary
Challenge Grants
Case Studies