On November 30–December 1, 2018, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) hosted IUP students at the 18th annual Appalachian Teaching Project Conference in Washington, DC.
The 2018 ATP Conference was held at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, and featured 150 students representing 15 schools from 11 Appalachian states.
The team from IUP was comprised of students from majors that included anthropology, economics, public health, and criminology. They presented their research on “Perceptions of Narcan Use in a Rural, Appalachian Community.” In the project, students from two classes at IUP, Introduction to Global Health and the Economics of Health, collaborated with the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission to study attitudes towards the use of Narcan in the opioid epidemic by interviewing first responders (i.e., law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs), in-patient and out-patient treatment staff, medical providers, and policy makers in our community.
The research team is led by Abigail Adams (PI, Anthropology), Brandon Vick (Economics), and Amanda Poole (Anthropology), who have been named as Appalachian Teaching Fellows for the 2018–19 academic year.
ATP is an applied-research training program for college and graduate students to design community-based economic development initiatives across the Appalachian Region as part of a school-based curriculum. In partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission, schools participating in ATP offer a directed seminar guiding students in developing and executing field-based research projects specific to the needs of their surrounding communities and in alignment with ARC’s current strategic plan.
As a capstone to this work, students and their faculty sponsors travel to Washington, DC to present their work to other student delegations from ATP-participating institutions, ARC leadership, and community leaders in a formal peer-to-peer symposium.
“The Appalachian Teaching Project is a cornerstone of ARC’s commitment to next-generation leadership development.” Said ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas. “The practical experience in research, planning, and economic development students get through this program will serve them and their communities for decades to come.”
Since 2001, over 2,250 students from across Appalachia have participated in the Appalachian Teaching Project. Supported by ARC and the Consortium of Appalachian Centers and Institutes, the 2018 program is led by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University.