Health Equity Series: Session 3 - Equity, Inclusion, & Prevention: A Rural & Appalachian Conversation

A facilitated panel discussion featuring three subject matter experts from our region. This session will provide a focus on understanding the culture of Appalachia and similar rural communities and how that culture informs the lens through which prevention efforts should be focused.


Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss how culture, and especially community strength and collaborative relationships are important to those who live in Appalachia and other rural communities.
  • Define how these concepts connect with social determinants of health and the concepts of equity.
  • Describe effective prevention efforts occurring in rural and Appalachian communities.



image of presenter Trent CoffeyTrent Coffey

Trent Coffey is the Executive Director of Schools Together Allowing No Drugs (STAND), a community-based coalition organized in Scott County, Tennessee to combat youth drug and alcohol abuse. A graduate of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, he has been a strong partner for change in East Tennessee prevention for more than twenty years. Never satisfied with the wins of yesterday, he actively worked to spread the community coalition model beyond the confines of his small community to a broader network of coalitions throughout the state of Tennessee.  He is a charter member of the Tennessee Certification Board, which brought recognition and certification to prevention professionals throughout the state of Tennessee. He served as a representative for the Tennessee Prevention Advisory Council and board member of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions Across Tennessee (CADCAT). In 2012, Trent was one of ten individuals selected to attend the School of Prevention Leadership by SAMHSA. Trent is a contributor on the “Rural Youth Engagement Toolkit”, published by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). In 2020 he presented a series of trainings to prevention professionals from the state of Kentucky on “How to Engage Rural Communities”.



Image of presenter Mike MeitMike Meit

Michael Meit serves as Director of the East Tennessee State University Center for Rural Health Research, located in the Appalachian Highlands of Northeast Tennessee, and as Deputy Director for the ETSU/NORC HRSA-funded Rural Health Equity Research center.  Meit has been actively involved in public health systems and services research for many years, particularly as it relates to rural, local public health and community health outcomes. His contributions include numerous peer-reviewed publications, funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Accreditation Board, and others, and serving as a site PI for the new Consortium for Workforce Research in Public Health (CWORPH) research center. Currently, Meit is also leading projects focused on developing a Rural Recovery Ecosystem Index (HRSA), developing of a nationwide Prosperity Index with overlays of leading causes of death (CDC), and analyzing the distribution and use of block grant resources at the state- and local-level (HRSA), among others. Meit serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, the Journal of Appalachian Health, and Public Health Reports, and is a Governing Councilor for the American Public Health Association. In 2019 Michael was named the National Rural Health Association’s Outstanding Researcher. 






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Starts: Dec. 13, 2023 12:00 pm
Ends: Dec. 13, 2023 1:30 pm
Registration Deadline
December 13, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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