ECHO Clinics Provide Endo-Cardio Assistance for Primary Care Providers

Photo: Michela/FlickrCC

Marshall University has partnered with Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), to assist primary care providers in their treatment of endocrinology and cardiology issues.

The goal of this program is to increase the capacity of primary care providers to safely and effectively treat chronic, common, and complex conditions associated with endocrinology and cardiology issues.

The ECHO clinic is held the first Tuesday of each month at 12 p.m., with alternating endocrinology and cardiology sessions. Participants who join teleECHO clinics receive free CME for the total time spent participating, including didactics and patient-case presentations.

For more information and to register for ECHO clinics, contact Jennifer Plymale at

Project ECHO is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians everywhere to provide better care to more people, right where they live.

The ECHO model aims to increase access to specialty treatment in rural and underserved areas by providing front-line clinicians with the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with complex conditions such as: hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis, chronic pain, endocrinology, behavioral health disorders, and many others.

It does this by engaging clinicians in a continuous learning system and partnering them with specialist mentors at an academic medical center or hub. As the ECHO model expands, it is helping to address some of the healthcare system’s most intractable problems, including inadequate or disparities in access to care, rising costs, systemic inefficiencies, and unequal or slow diffusion of best practices.

To learn more about Project ECHO visit

West Virginia Rural Health Conference Almost Sold Out

Photo: FlickrCC

Only 34 seats remain for the 2018 West Virginia Rural Health Conference – one of the most anticipated gatherings in the region of health professionals, students, advocates and change-makers.

To be held Oct. 17 – 19 at Pipestem Resort State Park, the conference features national and state best practices speakers, provides continuing education to physicians, attorneys, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, community health educators and others, and is an unparalleled opportunity to network with others interested in improving rural health care in West Virginia.

Hundreds of seats have already been sold, and just a few remain.

Book yours now at

The West Virginia Rural Health Conference continues to build as one of the most significant in its 26 year history, coming at a pivotal time for the state and its people.

With the eyes of the world on how West Virginia will respond to the health challenges currently plaguing the state, this year’s conference is dedicated to unearthing and supporting transformative, game-changing ideas that push the needle on health outcomes.

Learn more, and reserve your spot, at

Life Support Recertification Classes On Offer for Health Workers

The Clinical Evaluation Center at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is offering classes in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for healthcare providers.

The classes are accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and provide the perfect opportunity for paramedics, EMTs and other health workers to renew their BLS and ACLS qualifications.

Continuing Education Credits are available, and there is a maximum of six people per class.

For more information about the BLS classes, or to register: contact Amy Crickenberger at or by phone at 304.793.6895.

For more information about the ACLS classes, or to register: contact Angie Amick at or by phone at 304.647.6408.





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.


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.


Big ideas needed.

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

Photo: FlickrCC

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

Free Trainings On West Virginia Health Data Portal

All health professionals, students or community members working on public health issues in West Virginia are invited to a series of free trainings on how to access and use the West Virginia Health Data Portal.

The West Virginia Health Data Portal contains more than 300 data sets and trend analyses of West Virginia’s health statistics, and is a powerful tool to help inform rural health stakeholders, citizens, policy and decision-makers on where and how their health care demands are affecting the state.

This information can be used to demonstrate current health provider distribution relative to a health outcome, the economic impact of health care shortages within a community, trends in children in poverty, low birthweight babies, minority health, drug overdoses by county, resources for treatment and mental health services, and transit services to name a few.

Though the webinars are free, registration is required. Use the form below to register.


The free webinars are scheduled for:

  • January 16, 3 – 4 p.m.
  • January 26, 10 – 11 a.m.
  • March 8, 10 – 11 a.m.
  • March 20, 3 – 4 p.m. (RESCHEDULED FOR APR. 3, 3 – 4 P.M.)

Register: West Virginia Health Data Portal training webinars

Which webinar would you like to attend?

2 + 1 =

Participants will go through the various features of the portal, including a description of the secured data layers that are only available to West Virginia Rural Health Association (WVRHA) members.

Participants will learn how to utilize the portal’s functions as we demonstrate how the portal addresses the following tasks:

  • Viewing providers in rural and underserved areas, mapping and downloading data.
  • Using the Service Area tool to perform analysis and download data.
  • Analyzing Specialty Physician needs through health outcomes.
  • Viewing and mapping access to care and patient health demographic and health determinants.
  • Determining the number of healthcare providers in proximity to a healthcare facility.
  • Determining the distance and time of travel between two locations.
  • Viewing the data available to address opioid abuse.
  • Viewing the data available to support grandparents raising grandchildren.

Use the form above to register for the webinars.