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Rural Health
Resources by State: West Virginia

Access to Syringe Services Programs — Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia, 2013–2017
Overview of the role of syringe services programs (SSPs) in reducing hepatitis C transmission related to injection drug use. Describes the expansion of SSPs in Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia from 2013 through August 1, 2017. Discusses the opportunity to improve access to care through SSPs, including access to related services such as medication-assisted treatment, which can be included in comprehensive SSPs.
Author(s): Danae Bixler, Greg Corby-Lee, Scott Proescholdbell, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(18), 529-532
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Notes from the Field: HIV Infection Investigation in a Rural Area — West Virginia, 2017
Reports on an investigation by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources that began with 10 cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection identified in three counties during January-July 2017. Describes how the investigation broadened to 15 counties based on injection drug use and sexual contacts. Identifies risk reduction and treatment options available in these counties and discusses strategies undertaken to limit further transmission of HIV.
Author(s): Mary E. Evans, Sarah M. Labuda, Vicki Hogan, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(8), 257-258
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Best Practices for States to Identify and Address Breast Cancer Disparities
Discusses best practices, lessons learned, and resources identified through a breast cancer disparities learning community to assist health departments in Arizona, Tennessee, and West Virginia identify and address unique state and local breast cancer screening disparities.
Author(s): Josh Berry
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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A Day in the Life of an APS Worker in Rural America
Details the experience of working as a state Adult Protective Service (APS) worker in West Virginia. Discusses some of the challenges of the job, both personally and professionally.
Author(s): Bill Benson
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society on Aging
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Rural Tobacco Control and Prevention
Webinar recording presents the Rural Tobacco Control and Prevention Toolkit developed by NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. Features examples of successful programs from the Vermont Department of Health and the West Virginia University Extension Service - McDowell County.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Transcript
Date: 09/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Care in West Virginia: A Workforce Supply and Demand Analysis Report
Contains an assessment of the healthcare workforce in West Virginia, providing information for stakeholders, citizens, policymakers, and decision-makers on how West Virginia's healthcare needs are affecting the state. Includes several county-level maps illustrating data on workforce supply and demand for physicians, physician assistants, dentists, physical therapists, pharmacists, and many other health professionals. Also discusses the state's workforce pipeline and incentive programs, aimed at improving access to primary care services in underserved areas.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: West Virginia Rural Health Association
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Appalachian Diseases of Despair
Presents mortality data on overdoses, suicides, and alcoholic liver disease/cirrhosis among people ages 15-64, from the 2015 Multiple Cause of Death database. Features statistics with breakdowns by region, Appalachian state, gender, and metropolitan or nonmetropolitan location.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Megan Heffernan, Erin Tanenbaum, Topher Hoffmann
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Spit It Out-West Virginia
Video highlighting the Spit it Out program, which serves six West Virginia Coal Country counties. Describes how the Southern Coalfields Tobacco Prevention Coalition Network partnered with mining companies to reduce tobacco use, particularly smokeless tobacco use.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Disparities in Appalachia
Measures population health in Appalachia and explores disparities within the region and between Appalachia and the country as a whole. Features statistics on mortality, morbidity, behavioral health, child health, community characteristics, lifestyle, healthcare systems, quality of care, and social determinants, with breakdowns between urban and rural areas.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Julie L. Marshall, Logan Thomas, Nancy M. Lane, et al.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, PDA, Inc., The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
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Williamson Health and Wellness Center
Video highlighting a West Virginia community health worker program that helps patients with chronic illness connect with services and manage their health.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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