Acknowledgements

Dedication:  

These products are dedicated to the late Barbara Wethers, Program Analyst at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services. Barbara's passion, dedication and commitment to this endeavor made it possible to creatively meet its long term goals.

Funding Support:  

ARC Logo The project was financed by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local governments, and the Centers for Disease Control, a major operating component of the US Department of Health and Human Services and the nation's premiere health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency.

Special Recognition:  

We give credit to Bruce Behringer, former Director of the East Tennessee State University Office of Rural and Community Health and Community Partnerships (Associate VP for Health Affairs), who spearheaded this issue in Appalachia for over 12 years and was its conceptual architect, and to Jill Bumpus Edwards, the Project Coordinator who coordinated these projects..

Thanks:  

Special thanks to Henry King, former Director of Program Operations, and Eric Stockton, Health Program Manager, at the Appalachian Regional Commission, for their encouragement, vision, support, and financial commitment for this project.

Advisory Group:  

This project would not be possible without the enthusiastic support of the Project Advisory Group:

Joe Barker Director, Office of Epidemiology and Health, Promotion Bureau for Public Health, WVDHHR
Pamela K. Brown Director Cancer Prevention and Control, West Virginia University
Morgan F. Daven Director of Public Health Initiatives and State Contracts, American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division
Tina Gill CDC Public Health Advisor, SE Region, Arkansas DHHS
Henry B. King Director Program Operations, Appalachian Regional Commission
O. Anne Larkin Acting Team Lead, Partnership Development and Collaboration Team, Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch, CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Judy Miller Director of Case Management, Mountain Empire Older Citizens
Doug Wagner Program Director, Mid-South Region Cancer Information Service at the University of Kentucky
Barbara Wethers Program Consultant, CDC Cancer Control Branch, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Bob Wise President of Alliance for Excellent Education, and former governor of West Virginia