Wanted: New People to Help Make the Magic Happen

Love the West Virginia Rural Health Conference?

Want to be a part of making it happen?

The West Virginia Rural Health Association is now looking for new people to join the Conference Planning Committee.

The annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference is fast becoming one of the most critical gatherings in the region for health professionals, students, community members and advocates to learn from and network with others interested in improving rural health care.

Already scheduled for Huntington in October, 2019, next year’s gathering is sure to build on the burgeoning reputation of this conference as one not to miss.

Conference Planning Committee members do not have to be a member of the West Virginia Rural Health Association, but they are required to participate in all of the meetings and work on a subcommittee. The subcommittees are responsible for planning key parts of the conference, such as the presentations, the West Virginia Rural Health Awards, scholarships and poster presentations. The meetings are by phone on the the 3rd Thursday of the month at 11 a.m., between January and June.

If you are interested in being a part of something fun and satisfying and that has a real impact on the health, wealth and happiness of West Virginia’s people, we can use you!

Email WVRHA Executive Director Debrin Jenkins at debrinwvrha@gmail.com to discuss your particular skills and interests.

Register-Herald: West Virginia Conference Explores Barriers To Better Health in Rural Communities

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By Wendy Holdren/Beckley Register Herald

Access to care is one of the many health care challenges in West Virginia.

With more than half of the state’s population living in rural areas (51.8 percent), the most frequently discussed element of access is transportation.

West Virginia’s winding, mountainous roads are one barrier, and the costs associated with transportation are another.

But access to care is about much more than travel, as one health care provider outlined Thursday at the 26th Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference.

Melissa Jensen, a physician assistant practicing in Beckley, says access is also about cultural barriers, too.

“In West Virginia, we put ourselves last,” she said. “There’s a close-knit, family-centric nature in Appalachia.”

As an example, she said a patient may not elect to have a procedure because that would prevent them from caring for an elderly parent. Another patient once told her that she couldn’t follow up with a procedure because she was saving money for her family to go to Disney…

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

West Virginia Rural Health Conference Almost Sold Out

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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 wvrha.org/2018-west-virginia-rural-health-conference/

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 wvrha.org/2018-west-virginia-rural-health-conference/

We Are Seeking West Virginia’s Rural Health Champions!

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Nominations will soon close for the West Virginia Rural Health Awards, which recognize and celebrate students, health professionals and community advocates working hard to improve health care for West Virginians in rural communities.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, Sept. 3!

Here’s where you go for more info, and to submit a nomination: wvrha.org/west-virginia-rural-health-awards-2/

The award for Outstanding Rural Health Student recognizes a student from a school in West Virginia that has shown a commitment to providing health care in rural communities in this state, and includes $1,000 cash award.

Other awards include Outstanding Rural Health Provider, Excellence in Rural Health (Individual), and Excellence in Rural Health (Organization or Program).

The awards are hosted by the West Virginia Rural Health Association (WVRHA), and will be presented at its annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference at Pipestem Resort State Park, Oct. 17 – 19.

WVRHA Executive Director, Debrin Jenkins, said this week that with the state suffering from unprecedented health crisis, it was critically important to celebrate and uplift the tough work being done by people to tackle those challenges.

“These are the people on the front lines,” she says. “Rural communities, particularly in West Virginia, are under-funded and under-resourced, and they are where the toughest battles are being fought. It’s hard work, often thankless work, and there are people in these communities showing incredible commitment and strength to help their fellow West Virginians. We want to celebrate these people.”

Do you know someone working on the front lines of rural health care in West Virginia? Show them you appreciate them by nominating them today!

Just 79 Seats Remain for West Virginia Rural Health Conference in October

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This October’s 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.

Still two months out from the conference and it is already almost a sell out. Just 79 seats remain.

On September 15 the early bird discount expires, and ticket prices will jump from $250 to $300. Register now to ensure you don’t miss out on this crucial gathering of West Virginia’s health leaders, advocates, students and community champions.

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

“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,” WVRHA Executive Director Debrin Jenkins said this week.

Register now at wvrha.org/2018-west-virginia-rural-health-conference

 

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.