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Commitment to Community-Engaged Research

Many complex factors contribute to the prevailing health disparities and health issues in Appalachia and there is a growing recognition that traditional research methods have not been successful in eliminating the disparities. Therefore, a community-engaged research approach allows researchers and community members to work together to assess local health issues as well as design, implement and evaluate culturally appropriate interventions designed to increase quality of life and well-being.

Community-engaged research exists on a continuum, which allows for great variety among community-academic partnerships. However, one theme that is common among community-engaged research is that the community is involved in the research process in a meaningful way.

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is one type of community-engaged research in which the researchers and the community partners have an equitable relationship during the research process. A commonly used definition of CBPR is from the WK Kellogg Foundation Community Health Scholars Program:

CBPR is a "collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. CBPR begins with a research topic of importance to the community, has the aim of combining knowledge with action and achieving social change to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities."

Research Articles from OHIO Faculty and Students

Leciejewski, M, & Perkins, H. (2015). Environmental Justice in Appalachia: Procedural Inequities in the Mine Permitting Process in Southeast Ohio. Environmental Justice, 8 (4): 111-1116. doi:10.1089/env.2015.0010

Morrone, M., Kruse, N. A., and Chadwick, A.E. (2014). Environmental and Health Disparities in Appalachian Ohio: Perceptions and Realities. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice 7 (5).

Ohio University Theses and Dissertations


Harmount, Jamie E. A Study of College Decision-making Process and Influences of Social Capital on Appalachian Non-Traditional Female College Students During Their High School Years.


Martin, Melissa. Female Client Perception, Experience, and Understanding of Psychotherapeutic Change in Rural Appalachia Ohio: A Phenomenological Study.


Azman, Ashley M. Food Tourism in Special Events and Festivals in Appalachian Ohio.
Blank, Kevin T. Downtown Appalachia: Revitalization and Green Governance in Charleston, WV.
Leciejewski, Mary A. Environmental Justice in Appalachia: A Comprehensive Study of a Proposed Strip Mine in Bern Township, Ohio.

Kozlowski, Michella A. Environmental Jusitce in Appalachia: A Case Study of C8 Contamination in Little Hocking, Ohio.
Mercado Thornton, Rebecca. Constituting Women's Experiences in Appalachia, Ohio: A Life History Project.


Bansah, Abednego K. Food Insecurity, Depression, and Energy Security Among Individuals Living With HIV/AIDS In Rural Appalachia.
Klein, Daniel F. Partnerships in Fostering Poverty Alleviation: A Case Study on the Together Ohio Campaign in Appalachian Communities.


Deardorff, Karen Sickels. Catalytic Innovations in Appalachia Ohio Health Care: The Torying of Health Care in a Mobile Clinic.
Hazen, Crystal L. Food Security and Produce Intakes and Behaviors of Impoverished Women with Children Living in Appalachian Ohio.
Winston, Laurie E. Clean Coal Technology: Environmental Solution or Greenwashing.


Bradbury, Barbara L. The Integration of First-Generation, First-Term College Students from Ohio Appalachia: A Multiple Case Study.
Deaton, Elizabeth Ann. Gender under Construction: Volunteerism in a Women's Group in Rural Appalachia.


Leeman, Mark A. From Good Works to a Good Job: An Exploration of Poverty and Work in Appalachian Ohio.


Day, Karis L. Assessing the Impact of Highway Development on Land Use/Land Cover Change in Appalachian Ohio.
Grayson, Jessica L. An Assessment of Teacher Burnout Levels as Associated with Contextual and Diversity Factors in Rural Appalachian Schools Districts.
Will, Joshua Daniel. Analysis of Nocturnal Temperature Inversions in Meigs County, Ohio: An Appalachian Frost Hollow Case Study.


Hughes-Tafen, Denise C. Throwing Black Women's Voices from the Global South into an Appalachian Classroom.
Murphy, Caroline E. Parental Perceptions of Barriers to Care: An Examination of Rural Appalachian Parents? Expectancies of the Availability, Process, and outcome of Mental Health Services for Elementary School-Aged Children.
Runser-Turner, Caroline M. Living with the Legacy of coal: A Study of Appalachian Women's Perceptions of the coal Industry.
Starcher, Stephanie Diane.The Triracial Experience in a Poor Appalachian Community: How Social Identity Shapes the School Lives of Rural Minorities.