Research is the creative seed that fosters innovation, knowledge, and change. It drives how we interact with clients and patients, fortifies our expertise as providers, and expands the horizons of what is possible. Our goal is to bring researchers, community partners, and the people of our region together to build a sustainable culture of health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of evidence-based knowledge. In an effort to meet this goal, we have research faculty affiliates internal to Appalachian and externally in organizations across our region who collaborate with one another and with students to bring in external funding, conduct impactful research, and disseminate findings to our region and the world. The Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services prioritizes areas based on regional health needs, expertise of our faculty, and available alliances with community partners.