Healthy Appalachia Institute designated again as Emerging Institute with the National Network of Public Health Institutes
The Healthy Appalachia Institute at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has been designated as an Emerging Institute with the National Network of Public Health Institutes for the second consecutive year.
The designation includes mentorship by Karen Minyard, executive director of the Georgia Health Policy Center, and participation in both the Emerging Institutes’ collaborative group and the NNPHI’s national conference.
With the support of the NNPHI and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Healthy Appalachia Institute is working to address the many health challenges facing the citizens of the region. Housed at UVa-Wise, HAI is a collaboration between critical thinkers, scholars, system planners and leaders at UVa-Wise, the University of Virginia, the Southwest Virginia Health Authority, the Virginia Department of Health and key partners in government, education, business and healthcare. Principal supporters include the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Virginia Tobacco Commission.
“As an Emerging Institute with NNPHI, we have access to best practices of leading public health institutes and the guidance of of a national leader in Dr. Minyard,” said HAI Co-Director Marcia Quesenberry. “This association is invaluable to HAI’s effectiveness and we are very appreciative of NNPHI’s belief in our work.”
HAI’s mission is to improve the health, education, environment and prosperity for residents of central Appalachia by collaborating across communities and organizations, generating and implementing new ideas, and engaging the social, economic and scientific issues that exist at the interface of health and the Appalachian culture.