West Virginia News
News stories from the past 60 days.
Jun 5, 2019 - Rural counties in central and southern Appalachia have a diabetes rate 1.4 times non-Appalachian counties. Williamson Health and Wellness Center in West Virginia is using a community health worker program to help high-risk patients control their diabetes in West Virginia, southeastern Ohio, and eastern Kentucky.
Source: PolitiFact West Virginia
May 21, 2019 - West Virginia passed a bill to help mental health providers pay back their student loans in return for working in a mental health shortage area. The loan repayment program is intended to help address the state's shortage of mental health providers at a time when suicide rates and mental health issues are increasing.
Source: The Register-Herald
May 13, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $82 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 20 states. The Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program will allow communities with less than 10,000 residents to invest in drinking water, waste disposal, and stormwater drainage systems.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
May 7, 2019 - A rural county in West Virginia is facing an outbreak of HIV among drug users who use needles. The county's work last year with a Hepatitis A outbreak helped the public health department create partnerships with local hospitals and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This Appalachian county has one of the highest incidences of opioid abuse in the country.
Source: National Association of Counties: County News
Last Updated: 6/6/2019