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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 ETSUs 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 Parkinsons Disease Support Group Utilizing Complementary Medical Approaches in Rural Appalachia, by Dr. Mary Ann Littleton, assistant professor of public health;
  • 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 and geomatics.

For more information, contact Jill Bumpus at (423) 439-4093.

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