Central Appalachian Regional Education and Resource Center (CARERC)

Regional Partners

CARERC combines the academic resources of four colleges at the University of Kentucky (UK) and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) to provide a fully equipped and recognized resource for occupational safety and health research and training in Central Appalachia. Our core partners include veteran faculty and applied researchers in the UK College of Public Health, UK College of Engineering, UK College of Nursing, and the EKU College of Justice and Safety. Dedicated to serving 177 high-need counties in Central Appalachia, CARERC likewise works closely with researchers in the Cincinnati, Ohio, and Morgantown, WV, offices of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH). CARERC is funded by CDC/NIOSH Cooperative Agreement 1T42 OH010278.

Each of the mid-South, Appalachian states included in CARERC’s scope – KY, TN, WV, VA, and NC – report high proportions of fatal occupational injuries related to transportation/highway incidents; injuries in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting; and mining – all regionally important industries (BLS-CFOI 2009, 2011). CARERC therefore is engaged in recruitment, outreach, continuing education, and capacity-building efforts designed to include employers and institutions of higher learning throughout Central Appalachia. These include:

  • Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY
  • Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
  • University of Pikeville (OHN), Pikeville, KY
  • University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, KY
  • Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • Fisk University, Nashville, TN*
  • Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN*
  • Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN*
  • Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Marshall University, Huntington, WV*
  • West Virginia State University, Institute, WV*
  • Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV
  • Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • North Carolina Ag & Technical State University, Greensboro, NC
  • Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC *
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
  • Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC *
  • Bennett College, Greensboro, NC
  • Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC*
  • Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA
  • Virginia Polytechnical Institute, Blacksburg, VA

* Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The CARERC pilot studies program is particularly designed to foster the advancement of applied research throughout our five-state region. For more information, see our Research page.