Fall Seminar: “Establishing Trust: Developing Community Engaged Networks that Reach Underserved Rural Populations”

“Community based participatory research engages community members, including rural community members living with disability, throughout the research process. Central to community based participatory research is a focus on the community as well as developing collaborative networks. What is community based participatory research? How does this approach reach out to underserved rural communities? Please bring your questions and be ready to participate in the discussion.” — Patrick Kitzman

Join us in person or online for our Fall Seminar series on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00p ET to learn more about “Establishing Trust: Developing Community Engaged Networks that Reach Underserved Rural Populations.” Learn more from experts Patrick Kitzman, PhD, MSPT,  and Beth Hunter, PhD, OTR/L. The seminar will be held at the Human Development Institute Training Room on the UK Coldstream Research Campus. A link to the live video stream of the seminar will be sent to registrants.

Click here to register for the seminar. For help registering, contact walt.bower@uky.edu.


Patrick Kitzman, PhD, MSPT. Dr. Kitzman is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the UK College of Health Sciences. He has worked with multiple state and community partners to develop the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN) and currently serves as its Director.

Beth Hunter, PhD, OTR/L. Dr. Hunter is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Center for Gerontology at the UK College of Public Health. Her work includes research exploring supports and barriers for people with a spinal cord injury, stroke or traumatic brain injury who live in rural Appalachian Kentucky (NIMHD/NIH). She is a co-founder of the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network.

Rural community members living with disability can be faced with multiple problems that make the disability harder to manage and live with. The nature of rural communities and lack of access to specialized care and resources can result in this population being underserved and over researched, negatively impacting quality of life, health outcomes and full participation in life. Community based participatory research (CBPR) is one way to enhance capacity building and the development of community based collaborative partnerships.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the importance of community based participatory research and community networks when working in underserved rural communities.
  2. Understand how projects have been developed using community networks and how they begin to build on each other to make concrete differences in communities.
  3. Identify techniques of community engagement that can be used in outreach to underserved rural communities

CEU’s are approved for Occupational Therapy. CEU’s are approved for Physical Therapy for a category 2 course. CEU’s are approved in Rehabilitation Counseling in conjunction with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.