Want Some Help To Make Your Workplace Healthier? Here It Is.

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If you and your colleagues at work want to do something simple to make your workplace a healthier and happier place, there are free resources to help you do that.

The American Diabetes Association team in West Virginia is looking for local folks interested in wellness in the workplace. Their Wellness Lives Here initiative provides valuable tools to assist in setting up a workplace wellness program, launching lunch-and-learn programs, and offering proven strategies to develop best practices around workplace wellness.

The goal is to inspire and fuel our nation’s healthful habits at work and beyond. With year-round opportunities, Wellness Lives Here helps companies, organizations and communities educate and motivate people to adopt healthful habits to reduce the impact of type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses.

For some, it means fewer sick days and higher productivity. For others, it means looking and feeling better. For everyone, the result is empowerment—Americans who are better able to control, delay or prevent Diabetes and related health problems.

If you’re interested in learning more, contact Deanie Eldridge, Executive Director for the American Diabetes Association in West Virginia, at deldridge@diabetes.org or. 757-424-6662 x3281.

Deanie can help develop a complimentary custom wellness plan for your organization.

And here’s some handy online wellness tools you can use right now.

Register-Herald: Free Forum In Beckley To Tackle Rise of Hep-C, HIV

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By Wendy Holdren/Beckley Register-Herald

In the past three years, Beckley ARH Hospital’s infectious disease consultant has seen a huge outbreak in HIV and Hepatitis C cases — in large part due to the rise in intravenous drug use.

“Southern, rural West Virginia is facing a huge problem, and it continues to get worse,” said Dr. Zonaira Gul.

She believes the problem will only continue to grow unless the community has an open, honest dialogue about getting tested, accessing treatment, and breaking the cycle of addiction.

Beckley ARH will host a forum, “Communicate: Hep C & HIV, A Community Response to a Public Health Crisis,” from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Gul will be one of the panelists, along with law enforcement officers, EMS personnel, health department officials and more…

Read the full story at www.register-herald.com

Join us on National Wear Red Day!

Dress in red and join us to learn about heart disease & help raise awareness of this preventable condition

National Wear Red Day

Friday, February 2, 2018

Speakers begin at 9:30 a.m.

Free health screenings from 10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Thomas Memorial Hospital — Medical Office Pavilion Lobby

4605 MacCorkle Ave., SW,

South Charleston, WV 25309

Speakers: v/ Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, FACP, Commissioner, West Virginia

Bureau for Public Health, State Health Officer v/ Lisa Hamrick, American Heart Association, WV Board Chair & Heart Survivor

FREE Health Screenings for Blood Pressure and Cholesterol — Know Your Numbers

FREE materials and resources for keeping your heart healthy


School Year 2017 -2018 (October 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018)
The West Virginia Oral Health Coalition is pleased to announce that we are again partnering with Oral Health
America focusing on improving children’s oral health in West Virginia. Oral Health America’s “Smiles Across
America” program has generously donated $10,000 to support school-based dental programs, private dentists, and
programs working in collaboration to provide dental sealants to the children of West Virginia.
The funding will go to offset the costs of providing preventive care (specifically sealants) to those uninsured or
underinsured children throughout the state. Eligible Children include:
(1) Those who do not have private dental insurance
(2) Those who have private dental insurance but it doesn’t cover sealants
(3) Those who are not eligible to receive Medicaid/CHIP assistance.
The funding in its entirety will be used to cover the services highlighted below. Reimbursement for services will
only be available until funding is depleted. Once the grant funds are exhausted, participating providers will be
notified immediately. Providers must agree to accept the reduced rate for those covered services and must work
with the child’s family to assure necessary additional treatment is provided. Provider must also agree to serve as
the dental home or work to establish a dental home for the child. Providers may only submit reimbursement for
those services NOT covered by another program or insurance provider. Providers will be responsible for verifying
that the child is not eligible for other coverage such as CHIP/Medicaid. Providers must also bill other insurance or
programs for those children with pre-existing coverage. This program is not intended to be a budget supplement.
Covered services along with rates and restrictions are listed below:
Dental Sealants ADA Code D1351 per Tooth $30 (permanent molars only, covered one time a year per student per
The following codes can ONLY be billed in conjunction with sealant placement:
Child Prophylaxis ADA Code D1120 $40
Bitewing x-rays ADA Code D0272 $20
Fluoride Varnish Treatment ADA Code D1206 $20
In submitting for reimbursement the provider is agreeing to the terms listed above. Checks will be issued on a
monthly basis until funds are depleted and providers are encouraged to submit claims in a timely fashion. To
receive reimbursement, a copy of the attached invoice along with the ADA billing form will need to be submitted
Gina Sharps, WVOHC Coordinator
All invoices should be emailed to: wvoralhealthcoalition@gmail.com
Please direct any questions or concerns to Gina Sharps at wvoralhealthcoalition@gmail.com or 304-276-0572

HRSA December Workforce Connections

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National Center for Health Workforce Analysis released two primary care reports

  1. Supply and Demand Projections of the Nursing Workforce: 2014-2030 According to the study, seven states are projected to have a shortage of RNs and thirty-three states are expected to experience a shortage of LPNs.
  2. Sex, Race, and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Health Occupations (2011-2015) The report analyzed 30 health occupations in the U.S. and found that female workers represent the majority in 25 of the occupations.

HRSA Health Workforce Open Opportunities

  1. Regional Public Health Training Centers Program – Apply by January 26.
  2. Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Registered Nurses Primary Care Training Program – Apply by January 29th
  3. Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Training Primary Care Champions – Apply by January 30th