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Appalachian Community Research

Appalachian Community Research (APS 4094) engages students in participatory community research to identify and conduct projects that improve the lives of people in Appalachia. This website features the work of the 2018-2021 cohorts.

First Project Picture of RAAP

2021 Appalachian Community Research Class Lecture

Reseach in Action

Students in this seminar work with each other and community partners on projects that contribute to the vitality and well-being of the New River Valley of Virginia. Students acquire research skills and present their findings to public audiences such as the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, DC. 


Appalachian Community Research Projects

Policy Recommendations for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Recovery in Southwest Virginia

Heros Work Here
Students conducted research on challenges and opportunities for substance use disorder (SUD) recovery in Southwest Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2019 Recovery to Work Cover Image
Partnering with Virginia Rural Health Association, students conducted research on recovery-to-work programming needs and opportunities for people with substance use disorder in Southwest Virginia.
2018 RAAP Cover
Students conducted surveys and interviews to better understand community concerns about the Radford Army Ammunition Plant and drew upon Virginia Tech faculty studies and other research to assess risk and make recommendations.

For more information about Appalachian Community Research contact:
Dr. Emily Satterwhite, Director of Appalachian Studies Program