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Gathering Family Health Information









A student volunteer gathers data for community health study

College students have volunteered on their spring breaks as health researchers for the past three consecutive years. Restoring Eden recruits and organizes the students. In 2013, approximately 100 students were trained and sent door-to-door to gather personal health data in southwest Virginia. Christians For The Mountains and Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards provided logistical support. These studies are being utilized by researcher Dr. Michael Hendryx to determine the quality of community health in regions with heavy mountaintop removal mining. The following students offer reflections.

Plans are underway for expanded research in March through May, 2014, utilizing student surveyors. Students or others who can volunteer one or more weeks during this time period can contact Restoring Eden at and copy

In 2014 we anticipate up to 200 students from Christian colleges who will conduct research in Appalachian communities that are in close proximity to mountaintop removal (MTR) operations. This project will be a major expansion of previous community studies over the past three years. Rather than taking a Florida vacation or being with their families, these students are volunteering their time and some of their own finances to conduct important research that we hope will lead to health safeguards for some of the sickest populations in the United States. Christians For The Mountains, Restoring Eden, Southern Appalachian Labor School, Lindquist Environmental Appalachian Fellowship, and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition are leading this undertaking, and are requesting your financial support for this project. All earmarked financial contributions will go to this work.




This project is life-changing! Students come down to help out with community health research and go back to their college campuses fired-up in their faith to God and commitment to serve. Being around these talented, servant-hearted young people is hope-renewing, too, as we see God powerfully at work in this rising generation.

And yet there is much more, since the research data these volunteers gather is very useful in probing into the causes of why community health in central Appalachia is rock-bottom in the nation. This research can lead toward ways to save lives and improve life quality for the people living in this region.

This project is an investment in the future of our Christian youth as well as an investment in the future well-being of central Appalachia.

Link for details on the upcoming 2014 ACHSP

Restoring Eden description of ACHSP

Photos of 2011 West Virginia project

Photos of 2012 Kentucky project

Photos of 2013 Virginia project

Experience of volunteer Alex Gerrish

Experience of volunteer Allyson Green

Experience of journalist Anne Brock


Students from the following schools have participated in the Appalachian Community Health Survey Project over the last 3 years:

- Bethel University (MN)

- Northwestern College (MN)

- St. Olaf College (MN)

- St. Catherine University (MN)

- Wheaton College (IL)

- Olivet Nazarene University (IL)

- Mercy College of Applied Sciences (IA)

- Dordt College (IA)

- Calvin College (MI)

- Hope College (MI)

- University of Michigan (MI)

- Anderson University (IN)

- Case Western Reserve University (OH)

- Malone University (OH)

- Geneva College (PA)

- Messiah College (PA)

- Carson-Newman College (TN)

- Lipscomb University (TN)

- University of the South – Sewanee (TN)

- Samford University (AL)

- University of Portland (OR)