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.

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

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?

1 + 14 =

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.

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

 

 

The 2018 Call for Workshops for the 40th Summer Institute on Aging is open!

The 2018 conference sponsored by WVU School of Social Work will be held June 12-14, 2018 at Lakeview Resort & Conference Center in Morgantown, WV.  The theme is “Adventures in Aging: Building Wisdom, Well Being and Wonder”

Proposals (90 minutes or 3 hours) will be accepted online at https://sioa.wvu.edu/2018-conference/presenters/  – the deadline is January 15, 2018.

Please share with interested persons!  For additional information or questions, contact me at jacki.englehardt@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-3280.

 

As State Cuts Health and Education Spending, Local Groups Respond to Desperate Need for Accurate Health Data

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Concerned that state budget cuts are hampering the ability of the medical community to respond to the pressing public health issues facing West Virginia, one community organization serving southern West Virginia has made its own move to bridge that funding shortfall.

The Logan Healthcare Foundation recently paid for up-to-date health data and training support for 10 West Virginia Dept. of Health and Human Resources and Health Dept. employees serving Logan, Mingo, Wyoming, Boone and Lincoln counties.

This critical investment will give the 10 state employees access to West Virginia Rural Health Association’s Health Data Portal, the only online resource of its kind that tracks health statistics, workforce resources, health outcomes, services and facilities in West Virginia.

With more than 300 data sets and visualizations, the Health Data Portal is a powerful tool to help inform West Virginia 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.

Similar concerns from local education sector

And, with similar concerns that budget cuts in education could harm the ability of local universities to produce well-trained and well-resourced health professionals, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has funded access to the Health Data Portal for Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Marshall University, Shepherd University, West Liberty State College, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University, and West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

“Recent state budget cuts and the absence of easily accessible and current data hamper the ability of the higher education system to respond.”

“Higher education can play an important role in addressing the monumental issues facing West Virginia’s population including the opioid crisis, diabetes, and access to quality health care,” said Debrin Jenkins, Executive Director of the West Virginia Rural Health Association.

“But recent state budget cuts and the absence of easily accessible and current data hamper the ability of the higher education system to respond. Extending access to the West Virginia Health Data Portal will be a new tool that higher education can utilize to make advancements in tackling these critical issues. The use of current, more easily accessible data will undoubtedly equal better health results for the populations of the state.”

The West Virginia Health Data portal is an autonomous repository for health workforce data that provides a link between policy and practice. The portal provides data and maps to inform West Virginia rural health stakeholders, citizens, policy and decision-makers where and how their health care demands are affecting the state.

Trend analysis and supply and demand data for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, social workers and specialists is available, and the data maps visually show the areas of maldistribution of the health workforce down to the zip code level.

The portal is updated annually and describes health care shortages in rural areas.

For more information about the West Virginia Health Data Portal, visit wvrha.org/west-virginia-health-data-portal/