Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and SAMHSA are accepting applications for Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants. By statute, the DFC Support Program has two goals:

  1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.
  2. Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse, and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

SAMHSA plans to issue 150 grants of up to $125,000 per year for up to 5 years. 

Application Due Date: Monday, July 8, 2019


BREAKING NEWS: New Colorado Law Makes Insulin More Affordable!

Colorado is now the first state in the nation to cap insulin co-pays at $100 per month, a key step to ensuring insulin is more affordable for those who need it. Additionally, the bill directs the Colorado Attorney General to investigate the rising costs of insulin.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) supported this legislation as part of its Make Insulin Affordable initiative. Insulin is a life-sustaining hormone that is needed in order to live, and nobody should have to skip doses or ration their insulin due to high out-of-pocket costs. 

Insulin costs have increased astronomically in recent years, with the price tripling between 2002 and 2013 and continuing to rise. Many people are paying thousands of dollars annually for insulin whose chemical composition haven’t changed in nearly three decades. High costs have impacted the insulin use of 1 in 4 insulin users, according to a 2018 patient survey conducted by the American Diabetes Association.  

This new law will make insulin more affordable for the Coloradans who depend on it to stay alive, and is a huge accomplishment the American Diabetes Association’s efforts to make insulin affordable. Ask your friends and family to sign our insulin affordability petition or share it on social media using #MakeInsulinAffordable.

P.S. If you are struggling to pay for insulin or know someone who is, ADA has resources to help. Visit insulinhelp.org/.

New Health Professions Training Dashboard Available

HRSA has launched the Health Professions Training Programs dashboard, which displays health professions education and training program data for academic year 2012–2013 to present. The dashboard offers an in-depth look at the distribution of our providers and enables users to visualize health professions training programs nationwide.


The dashboard is accessible on the data.HRSA.gov site.

Users will be able to  query data by:

Participant summary


Site information

Program courses

HRSA health professions training programs are committed to increasing the diversity of the nation’s health workforce and providing high quality, culturally competent care in communities of greatest need.

TGKVF Dental Health and Emergency Aid Funding Opportunity

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is excited to announce special funding for Emergency Aid and Dental Health Projects within TGKVF’s six-county footprint (Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties). Please review the  2019 Operation Guidelines and contact the appropriate program officer.

For Dental Health Projects contact:  Megan Simpson  msimpson@tgkvf.org

For Emergency Aid Projects contact:  Derek Vance  dvance@tgkvf.org

2019 WV Immunization Summit

In Partnership with the KidStrong Conference

The Annual West Virginia Immunization Summit is an action-oriented event targeted toward public and private sector organizations with an interest in improving immunization rates in West Virginia. The goal of the West Virginia Immunization Summit is to provide information and tools to participants that will help them to provide comprehensive immunization coverage for all age groups; explore innovative strategies for developing immunization programs; and identify policies that promote vaccination across the lifespan. Summit sessions are targeted toward healthcare and public health professionals, health sciences educators and students, and others interested in reducing vaccine-preventable diseases in West Virginia.


Registration closes June 6, 2019.

Let’s Discuss Palliative Care in the Continuum of Care

Join Us As We Discuss Palliative Care in The Continuum of Care

Thursday, June 27 @ 2:30 P.M. ET/1:30 P.M. CT

Quality Insights will host an interactive webinar titled Palliative Care in the Continuum of Care. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Amy Wirts as we discuss the advancement in palliative care for both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Dr. Wirts is Chair of the Palliative Care Coalition for the West Virginia Legislature, Medical Director of the Palliative Care Center and HospiceCare of Charleston, WV. Additionally, she is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice Palliative Care Medicine.

Save the date and register today.


Upcoming WIN Webinar: Measles

CDC/ Allison M. Maiuri, MPH, CHES
Illustrator: Alissa Eckert

Monday, June 24, 2019

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that as of May 24, 2019, there have been 940 confirmed cases of measles in 26 states this year. 60 new cases were reported in the last week alone.

This is the highest number of cases in the U.S. since measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. These outbreaks have resulted from importations of measles from other countries and further fueled by vaccine refusal. The number of cases of measles in the U.S. could continue to grow throughout the summer as travel increases.

This webinar will provide an update on measles epidemiology and what healthcare providers can do to help identify cases and prevent measles transmission.


  1. Describe the epidemiology of measles in the United States and West Virginia;
  2. Identify the clinical presentation of measles;
  3. State the recommended laboratory testing;
  4. Discuss treatment options and preventive measures;
  5. Address some of the common myths about measles vaccination;
  6. Review the West Virginia measles investigation and reporting protocol; and
  7. Discuss infection control and prevention recommendations for measles: management of cases and contacts, post-exposure prophylaxis, and isolation/quarantine recommendations


  • Raheel Khan, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, West Virginia University-Charleston;
  • Lindsey Mason, MPH, Vaccine-Preventable & Invasive Bacterial Disease Epidemiologist, Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, WVDHHR/OEPS/BPH

Cost:  Free!



American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Waiver Training

The registration link is available on the ASAM website. Physicians will need to complete 4 hours in person and 4 hours online. Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners will need to complete 4 hours in person and 20 hours online. By attending one of these classes the 4 hour in person will be completed

  • Friday, June 7, 2019 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm WV School of Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Friday, July 19, 2019 from 9:30am – 1:30 pm at West Virginia University 
  • Friday, August 9, 2019 from 12:30pm – 4:30pm at West Liberty University Highlands Center
  • Friday, August 23, 2019 from 12:30pm to 4:30 pm at WVU Tech
  • Friday, August 30, 2019 from 12:30pm – 4:30 pm at West Virginia University-Charleston Division
  • Friday, September 6, 2019 from 1:30pm – 5:30 pm at Marshall University
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 from 9:30 am – 1:30 PM at West Virginia University-Eastern Division