Our Model


Our approach is to engage and empower African Americans, Latinos, and white Appalachians to live healthier lives by developing solutions through Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). We also initiate solutions at the policy level and collaborate with health care organizations to develop and implement evidence-based interventions and innovative programs to deliver our mission.

The success of this model relies on its grassroots fundamentals to promote a culture of health.


  • Recruit resident leaders in community
  • Partner with health organizations and government agencies
  • Help conduct community research and community-driven interventions


  • Navigating the healthcare system, i.e. – insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP
  • Choosing a primary care physician
  • Patient compliance
  • Health literacy
  • Making healthy choices, i.e.-physical activities and healthy eating


  • Advocate for the elimination of barriers, i.e. – the oversaturation of fast food restaurants, liquor
    stores, etc., and violence in public spaces
  • Teach residents to advocate for needed resources for a healthy community
  • Advocate for public policy that supports the well-being of the community
  • Advocate for access to healthcare