The Eyes of the World Are On West Virginia. Will You Step Up at the 2018 Rural Health Conference?

As we struggle in the grip of an unprecedented public health emergency that threatens the future of our state and its people, the eyes of the world are trained on West Virginia.

Now, we must respond.

The onus is on West Virginia’s health professionals, students, educators, community advocates and leaders to generate the ideas and solutions that will lead to real and lasting community change.

Are we up to the challenge? Are the transformative ideas out there that can have a real and immediate impact in improving health outcomes in West Virginia’s rural communities?

That remains to be seen.

The West Virginia Rural Health Association will dedicate its annual rural health conference this year to unearthing and supporting the bold, brave ideas that are needed if we are able to reverse the deadly trends that are crippling the state.

If you are a working on health programs and solutions for West Virginia, we invite you to present a session at this year’s West Virginia Rural Health Conference.

To be held at Pipestem Resort State Park, October 17 – 19, the theme of this year’s event is Revitalizing our Rural Communities for a Healthy West Virginia.

The deadline for presentation applications is March 30.

INTERESTED IN PRESENTING A SESSION?

Submit your presentation proposal – deadline March 30.

Presentations will be grouped into three tracks:

  • Leadership/Policy
    Topics could include health policy, leadership development, social determinants of health, board development, and others.
  • Clinical
    Topics could include chronic disease management, community health workers, telehealth, behavioral health, and others.
  • Future of Health Care/Innovation
    Topics could include technology, health care transformation, creative health solutions, and others.

DEADLINE MARCH 30

Big ideas needed.

5K in Hurricane the Perfect Way to Have Fun With Friends, and Get Fit

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Looking for a fun exercise challenge to get you and your friends off the couch and into the game?

How about getting a team together for a 5K? You’ve got until May 19 to get ready.

As anyone that has ever run a 5K can tell you, it’s a huge motivator to know that you are not only doing yourself some good, you’re serving a bigger cause.

Early bird registration is now open for the Selfless Service 5K on May 19 in Hurricane, which raises money for StandWatch Academy, and the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation for the Gold Star Family Memorial at the West Virginia State Capitol Complex.

StandWatch create ways for veterans and members of the military to work with their fellow Americans on projects that make the world a better place.

The goal of the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation is to establish permanent Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in communities throughout the country.

A t-shirt will be given to anyone that registers before May 15. All 5k finishers will receive a Rally Point dog tag.

Local organizers are seeking teams to enter and run together, a great opportunity for fun and fitness for you and your work colleagues, crew of friends, school group or local club.

Learn more about the event, register, or contact the organizer.

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