Public Health
12:03 am
Fri November 14, 2014

WVU Public Health Dialogue: Does Being Poor Mean Being Sick?

Professor of Family and Community Medicine, and Director of the Center of Social Disparities and Health and the University of California, San Fransisco, Paula Braveman. She’s been studying and publishing extensively on health equity and the social determinants of health for over 25 years.
Credit UCSF

Stress. We all live with it, but at what point does it become toxic? When do social pressures turn from a healthy challenge to a source of poison? These are some of the ideas turned over in a public health dialogue at West Virginia University last week that explored the "social determinants of health." Guest-speaker Dr. Paula Braveman spoke about how social factors in our lives play a role in our health.

Read more
5:25 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

A Neighborhood that Struggles with Poverty Has Helped Rehabilitate 50 Homes

Reverend Matthew J. Watts, standing in front of Mary C. Snow elementary school.
Credit PBS NewsHour/Sam Weber

We often hear about urban cities, like Detroit, that are dealing with abandoned, dilapidated buildings. But some communities in West Virginia are struggling with neighborhood blight too.

The WV Hub is working with partners across West Virginia to plan a three day event in Huntington this October. The summit will help people across West Virginia who are working to fix blighted, abandoned and dilapidated properties. Civic groups in Huntington have been collaborating on this type of work and have made great strides recently.

Read more
5:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

The Story of a Man Who Was Homeless for 19 Years

David Sneade, outside the Union Mission shelter on Leon Sullivan way.
Credit Roxy Todd

David Sneade works as the director and minister at a homeless shelter in downtown Charleston. He was homeless himself, off and on, for about 19 years.

“I wouldn’t be afraid to say there’s at least 2,500-3,000 homeless people just in Charleston,” said Sneade, who has spoken with many of those people.

Read more
West Virginia Morning
7:57 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Passing the Tradition of Appalachian Bluegrass and a Look into World of Poverty in W.Va.

A jam band in Sophia, West Virginia, plays for fun, but is also passing down an Appalachian tradition to younger generations to ensure bluegrass music doesn't fade away and one man's story of poverty.

Read more
West Side
5:15 am
Mon August 4, 2014

WVU's Division of Diversity Steps in to Help Revive Charleston's West Side

Dr. Gabrielle St. Leger is an educational consultant and serves as the Chairman of the WVU Diversity Social Justice Visiting Committee.
Credit Roxy Todd

The West Side in Charleston is one of the largest urban neighborhoods in the state. Within sight of the Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School are vacant lots and abandoned buildings. This neighborhood is besieged with many problems like childhood poverty and high crime rates. It’s also a neighborhood that suffers from negative stereotyping—a place where good people and good projects are often overlooked.

Read more
Our Children Our Future Campaign
4:55 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Groups Offer Workshops on Shaping State Policy

Credit Facebook.com

A group working to change policy in West Virginia to improve communities and end child poverty in the state is hoping to get input on how to do it, from residents. Organizers at the Our Children Our Future campaign are hosting four workshops this month.

The Our Children Our Future Campaign is conducting day long trainings in four separate towns across West Virginia. The group touches on issues like policy advocacy, healthy lifestyles, voter education, and more.

Read more
West Virginia Morning
9:09 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Awards Recap: Investigating 'Oxyana', A Plan to End Poverty, & The Demon Beat

A special edition of West Virginia Morning in which we have another listen to stories that recently won awards at the Associated Press Broadcasters Association of The Virginias. Jessica Lilly investigates claims made in the film Oxyana. Glynis Board highlights her outstanding efforts as an individual reporter as she explains one West Virginian's plans to end poverty. And Dave Mistich eulogizes Eastern Panhandle rock band The Demon Beat.

Read more
1:21 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Data Shows Fewer Poor W.Va. Students Take AP Exam

Credit Alton / wikimedia Commons

The number of low-income students taking Advanced Placement courses around the nation has more than quadrupled in the last decade, according to the College Board. But a study shows West Virginia is still behind when it comes to making sure low-income students have access to these rigorous classes.

Read more
11:44 am
Mon December 9, 2013

McDowell Men Have Shortest Life Expectancy, Women Second Shortest in U.S.

McDowell men have the shortest life expectancy in the country.

The life expectancy for American females is 81 years.

In West Virginia, Marshall County has the longest life expectancy for women, with 80 years, while those in McDowell deal with about 6 years shorter life span.

The life expectancy for American males is about 76 years.

Read more
Child Poverty
7:31 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Forum will address poverty issues

This is National Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week, when the National Coalition for the Homeless and other advocacy organizations hope the country will focus on issues surrounding poverty. The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle is doing just that Thursday evening during a public forum.

During the forum "Poverty in the Panhandle: Children at Risk,"  the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, Family Resource Network and Health and Human Services Collaborative hope to discuss the problem and come up with possible solutions.

Read more
SNAP Benefits
2:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

One in five West Virginians seeing reduction in food assistance benefits

An automatic reduction to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, will begin taking effect today, cutting benefits for more than 47 million people across the country. West Virginians rely heavily on this assistance program, with about 20 percent of the population enrolled. A Kanawha County man who is already struggling to provide for his family said this national cut means he will have to make even harder choices in the near future.                                                          

Read more
Raising Awareness
10:34 am
Thu October 24, 2013

What is it like to be poor?

West Virginia State University will hold an event to simulate poverty on campus Oct. 26, 2013
Credit Steve Shaluta / W.Va. Department of Commerce

West Virginia State University will host a program aimed at increasing awareness of what it's like to be poor.   The Simulation of Poverty program is set for Saturday in the Wilson University Union. It's designed to raise awareness and encourage solutions to poverty. 

Read more
7:17 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Keys to overcoming poverty: identifying complex trauma, building resiliency, experts say

Wheeling-based Crittenton Services began as a residential service for women, especially pregnant women, throughout the state.  Today it’s grown to serve women and families with behavioral challenges in a variety of ways. Recent research has been shedding new light on patterns of poverty and possible methods of breaking those cycles.

Read more
1:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Crittenton Services Finds Keys to Breaking Cycles of Poverty

Charles Crittenton
Credit Crittenton Foundation

Crittenton Services has been serving women and children in West Virginia for over a century.  Over that time span they’ve collected some powerful insight into challenges the state faces regarding poverty, especially concerning women and children.

A History of Helping Women

It all started when a bout of Scarlet Fever killed a four-year-old little girl named Florence in 1882. Her father, Charles Crittenton, was devastated. A preacher in New York suggested that he deal with his grief by helping women of the streets.

Read more