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Community Engaged Learning in Appalachia

The Appalachia Community Health and Disaster Readiness Project, led by the UT Global Disaster Nursing graduate program, is working with students in the field to help small towns prepare for disaster readiness.

“Interacting with public officials was a great experience for students because it gave them a sense of how real this is,” said John Schwartz, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. Students had the opportunity to work closely with Clay County officials and toured the community’s existing dam to understand water supply issues. When the Appalachia Project concludes, participants anticipate results that will include a strong disaster preparedness plan, improved homes, clean water access and septic solutions, and, a safer, healthier community. The Appalachia project has received media attention from UT’s alumni magazine the Torchbearer.

The Appalachian Community Health and Disaster Readiness Project was nominated as a Partnership that Makes a Difference. Click here to read more.