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Dr. Randy Wykoff to speak at Healthy Appalachia Research Symposium March 18

Dr. Randy Wykoff, the executive director of the Tennessee Institute of Public Health and dean of ETSU's College of Public Health, will deliver the keynote address on Friday, March 18, at the Second Annual Healthy Appalachia Research Symposium: Sugar, Water, Blood, at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

The symposium begins at 1 p.m. in the Science Center auditorium and is free and open to the public.
 
“What Do We Really Know About the Health Status of Our Region of Appalachia — And What Can We Do About It?,” is the title of Dr. Wykoff’s address.

Dr. Wykoff is responsible for overseeing all aspects of one of the five Colleges in East Tennessee State University’s Health Sciences Division, which includes more than 400 students and 40 full-time faculty.  He also serves as the Chair of the HEAL Appalachia Advisory Committee.
 
He received a Doctor of Medicine and a Master of Public Health in tropical medicine at Tulane University.  He completed residency training in pediatrics at the University of Virginia and in general preventive medicine in tropical medicine at Tulane University.  He is board certified in pediatrics and in preventive medicine and has the Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  
 
Prior to coming to ETSU, Dr. Wykoff was the senior vice president for international operations at Project HOPE and was responsible for overseeing all international program activities for a premier international non-profit health education organization with more than 500 employees in over 30 countries.  

Dr. Wykoff is also a member of the Healthy Appalachia Institute faculty.
 
At the symposium, several Healthy Appalachia Student Fellows will present their research on the following topics:
 
·     “Breast Cancer and Related Services among Women in Rural Southwest Virginia” Rachel Belcher - Class of 2011, UVa-Wise
 
·     “MAL-ED Project in Limpopo: Correlation between Water Quality, Enteropathogens, and Cognitive and Physical Development in Children” Spencer Adams - Class of 2011, UVa-Wise
 
·     “Living with Diabetes: A PhotoVoice Assessment” Kayla Harman - Class of 2011, Sociology and Global Public Health, University of Virginia
 
·     “Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Cervical Cancer in Rural Southwest Virginia: The Implications for a Robust Video-Colposcopy Network” Barbara Badman - MPH, UVA, 2010; entering TBD Nursing MSN program Fall 2011
 
·     “ ‘It’s depressing’: Using Patient/provider Agreement to Improve Oral Health and Dental Care in Far Southwest Virginia” Sarah Raskin - MPH, Emory University, 2004; PhD candidate, University of Arizona, 2012
 
For more information, contact the Healthy Appalachia Institute at 276-376-4882.