The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care ECHO Program


The Alzheimer’s Association is recruiting primary care practice teams to participate in The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care ECHO Program, that connects specialist teams with primary care practices via video conference to collaborate in case based learning. We feel this is a great opportunity to integrate education on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia into your primary care setting.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to contributing to a dramatic increase in the accurate and timely diagnosis of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s, and significantly increasing the number of people who receive affordable, high-quality care and support. However, we can not do this without our partners, such as yourselves. Together, we can accomplish this commitment to all of our patients and families affected in WV.

We are recruiting practice teams to join the next series. Attendees include a lead clinician, (physician or NP) as well as other care team members (e.g., PA, social workers, care coordinators, medical assistants, etc.) who manage patients with ADRD in your practice setting. We ask that participants attend regularly, engage in discussions, and present de identified patient cases from their clinics.

You only need broadband/WiFi access and a webcam to participate! The 12 session program runs every other Thursday, from 12-pm CST, beginning May 9, 2019.

The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care ECHO Program, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, is an innovative distance – learning model to build workforce capacity and improve access to specifically care in local communities. Using web-based video conferencing technology, expert multidisciplinary specialist teams and community-based primary care practice teams come together in regularly scheduled collaborative learning sessions to participate in case-based discussions and brief didactic presentations. Content experts mentor and teach and providers retain responsibility for their patients’ care, fostering an “all teach, all learn” environment.


Introducing the New West Virginia Health Jobs Website

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Here at the West Virginia Rural Health Association we know how vital it is to keep and attract the best and brightest health professionals, at all stages of their career, to live and work in West Virginia.

Toward that mission we are proud to announce the creation of – an online resource dedicated entirely to helping graduates and health professionals find health jobs in West Virginia.

It’s early days yet but our goal is for to become a one-stop shop for job seekers and employers.

If your organization or company wants to reach potential candidates across the region, it’s free and simple to post your job.

Just visit and follow the prompts.

  1. Click POST A JOB.
  2. Enter your email and the job title.
  3. Enter a snipper of info about the job. It doesn’t have to be much – a paragraph or two is fine – you’ll be able to link back to your original job posting in a moment.
  4. Enter the URL back to your original job posting where it says Application URL.
  5. Add as much or as little info about your company as you like.
  6. At the bottom, add your logo if you like. This will display your logo next to the job posting.
  7. Hit Preview, and you’re away. The site will create an account for you so you can continue to post jobs and your company info will be saved. You’ll be able to edit and delete your posts using Employer Dashboard.

The West Virginia Rural Health Association will be regularly sharing and promoting new job listings to our large and growing network of students and professionals across the state, getting your job in front of the right people.

Need talent? Whether it’s an unpaid internship or a CEO, the West Virginia Health Jobs website is an important step toward keeping more skilled and committed health professionals in our state, and in doing so advancing quality health care in our rural communities.

To learn more visit

The Mesaros Symposium

West Virginia has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the US. Management of diabetes involves addressing multiple factors which impact control of diabetes, which includes improving nutrition, incorporating exercise into daily activity, and eliminating smoking. Over the past 25 years, a substantial body of evidence has been collected demonstrating the strong association of poor oral health, specifically periodontal disease, with the clinical development of diabetes and its effects on the ability for a patient with diabetes to manage the disease. This symposium will provide the participant an update on the association of periodontal disease with diabetes. The speakers will also expand upon the medical management of diabetes and the impact improved oral health can have on this management. Finally, this program will emphasize the need for intensive interprofessional management of these patients, requiring dental and medical health professionals to work closely and cooperatively in order to achieve the best clinical outcomes for these patients.

Register Online | View the Brochure

Script Your Future

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy to Compete in Inter-Disciplinary Challenge to Improve Medication Adherence; Future pharmacists, nurses and physician assistants join national campaign to raise awareness about the urgency of medication adherence for chronic condition patients.  Download the Script Your Future events brochure.

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation

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Successful RCORP-Implementation award recipients will receive up to $1 million for a three-year period of performance to enhance and expand substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), service delivery in high-risk rural communities. Award recipients will implement a set of core SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery activities that align with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Five-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis (PDF – 76 KB). Award recipients are encouraged to leverage workforce recruiting mechanisms like the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Find out how to become a NHSC site.

All domestic public and private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, will be eligible to apply and all services must be provided in HRSA-designated rural areas (as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer). Applicants do not need to be current or former RCORP-Planning award recipients to apply for this funding opportunity.

The applicant organization must be part of an established network or consortium that includes at least three other separately-owned (i.e., different Employment Identification Numbers) entities. At least two of these entities must be located in a HRSA-designated rural area.

RCORP is a multi-year initiative by HRSA aimed at supporting treatment for and prevention of SUD/OUD. In FY18, HRSA awarded 95 grants to rural communities under the RCORP-Planning initiative and funded a technical assistance center to support RCORP award recipients. In FY19, in addition to the RCORP-Implementation awards, HRSA anticipates awarding a new round of RCORP-Planning grants and launching a pilot grant program aimed at expanding the number of small rural hospitals and clinics that provide medication-assisted treatment.

HRSA plans to award approximately 75 grants to rural communities as part of this funding opportunity.


Providing Dementia-Friendly Services, Creating Dementia-Capable Communities

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 8:30am – 4:30pm
Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
Charleston, WV

How do you change the place where you live, work, play, shop and worship into a community that

  • Creates positive environments for people with dementia?
  • Provides supportive services and options for family caregivers?
  • Encourages independence to the fullest extent possible?
  • Treats each person with dignity and respect?

Join health professionals, public health and other government officials, businesses, employers, clergy, community volunteers, family caregivers, individuals with dementia, and others to explore these questions. Find out what’s happening in a few West Virginia communities; learn about a process that could work where you live; and leave with a plan to get you started. Follow this link for the agenda, registration form and continuing education information. Deadline for registration is March 21, 2019.


The Power of Music For Those Impacted by Alzheimer’s


Music can serve as a helpful enrichment tool for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of the disease. Music can also provide a way for people to connect with someone living with Alzheimer’s, even after verbal communication has become difficult.

When picking music for a person living with dementia, choose:

Music that’s familiar

A source uninterrupted by commercials

Engaging and communicating with someone with dementia can be challenging, but these tips can be helpful to encourage self-expression and minimize frustration. See more tips about how to pick music, PLUS learn how art can also enrich the lives of those impacted by Alzheimer’s.