Photo by WV Legislature Photography/Perry Bennett

If we are going to positively push the needle on the crucial health issues having such a massive impact on our state at the moment, we need to educate our lawmakers on the depth and severity of the problems, and create ways for them to support the health community as we work toward solutions.

We need our legislators to pass laws that will make West Virginia a healthier, and stronger, state. We need to build a strong partnership between health professionals and policy makers in this state.

Most importantly, we need to find ways for them to be health champions.

To that end, the West Virginia Rural Health Association encourages all individuals interested in rural health and the healthcare workforce to get involved in the legislative process by attending Rural Health Workforce Day at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The day will include information about the West Virginia Health Data Portal and displays by associations, health professions schools, and health care organizations.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear and interact with legislators, legislative experts and providers;
  • Talk with legislators concerning the issues and policies vital to the rural health workforce;
  • Increase your awareness of the role  rural health and our healthcare workforce plays in our state policy; and
  • Voice your opinions regarding WV’s rural health workforce status.

If you are interested in being involved, exhibiting or bringing students, please contact West Virginia Rural Health Association Executive Director, Debrin Jenkins, at 304.890.7017, or debrinwvrha@gmail.com