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Opioid Settlement Funds Foundation Discusses Next Steps
During the second meeting of the West Virginia First Foundation Board, members approved motions to continue the establishment of the organization.
Dementia And The Holidays, Hope For Opioid Settlement Money And Concerning Health Trends, This West Virginia Week
On this West Virginia Week, we hear about some of the health challenges facing West Virginians — including lung disease, HIV/AIDS outbreaks and recovery.
Fairmont State University Students Provided ‘Pipeline’ To Pursue Medical Degrees
Two West Virginia state schools signed a memorandum of understanding to promote medical student’s acceptance.
DHHR Changes Dashboard To Track Respiratory Illness Season
The Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has replaced its COVID-19 dashboard with a new system to track three respiratory diseases.
Health Experts Advise Vaccination Ahead Of Respiratory Illness Season
As respiratory illness season ramps up, health experts are encouraging West Virginians to promote health and safety in their communities.
Advocates Discuss Black Infant And Maternal Health With Lawmakers
The Black Infant and Maternal Health Working Group hosted a breakfast and meet and greet with lawmakers Monday at the capitol.
Annual Anti-Tobacco Summit Aims To Slow Nicotine Use In Teens
An annual event is set to educate more than 600 youth from across West Virginia about the dangers of nicotine use.
DHHR To Distribute Federal Funding For Mental Health And Substance Use Services
In a release, the DHHR outlined seven grant programs that will support various health initiatives across the state.
Documentary Film Dives Deeper Into Minden, W.Va. Contamination
A film called Impossible Town, based in Minden, West Virginia features Dr. Ayne Amjad’s efforts to relocate the town’s residents after decades of exposure to chemical contamination during her tenure as the state’s health officer.
Officials Call For Vigilance Against Respiratory Illness
Sherri Young, the interim secretary of the DHHR, and incoming secretary for the new Department of Health, spoke with Appalachia Health News Reporter Emily Rice about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Black Lung Advocates Want More From New Proposed Silica Dust Rule
A draft rule to protect coal miners from exposure to silica dust garnered more than 5,200 comments from advocates and the American public.
WVU Researchers Seek Participants For Telehealth Study
A study will measure the effectiveness of telehealth as a means for patients to remain at home while managing their care.
Lawmakers Hear Updates On DHHR Reorganization
The three appointed secretaries of the new bureaus of the DHHR provided lawmakers with updates on restructuring within the department. Legislation passed in 2023 required the department to be reorganized and split into three agencies after concerns of inefficiencies in the system.
September Is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
The goal of the 988 line is to connect people in crisis with someone in their community who can point them to local resources.
Lawsuit Against W.Va. Foster Care Gains Forward Momentum
The court found that the plaintiffs “demonstrated that DHHR maintains an inadequate array of placements to meet the needs of these foster children.”
W.Va. School Of Osteopathic Medicine Clinic Receives Funding
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aims to improve health care in rural areas with the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program in Lewisburg, West Virginia by establishing new Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) access points.
WVU Experts Instrumental In Approval Of New RSV Prevention Medication
Medical experts at West Virginia University are excited about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Beyfortus as a major advancement to prevent RSV.
Rural Residency Program For Internal Medicine Coming To Marshall
A new federal grant is expected to support a three-year, rural internal medicine residency program aimed at improving the needs of rural communities in Appalachia.
Quarterly Newsletter Aims To Help Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents
Mission West Virginia and the West Virginia Department and Health and Human Resources (DHHR) have partnered to electronically publish a quarterly newsletter for families called West Virginia Kids Thrive.
W.Va. Hospitals Contribute $1 Billion In Community Investment
Annually, West Virginia hospitals treat 6.8 million people with 5.6 million of those patients being treated in outpatient care.
Community Education Group Delivers Health Kits To Those In Need
The CEG is a non-profit organization with its base of operations in Lost River, West Virginia. The organization focuses on the “syndemic” or synergistic epidemic in Appalachia.
Morrisey Provides Updates On Opioid Settlement Monies
Morrisey informed elected officials and the public about the next steps following the creation of the foundation, as well as information about the settlement funds.
COVID-19 Still A Threat To Elderly W.Va. Population
In a weekly update, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reported six additional deaths attributed to the virus in the past week bringing the total number to 8,155.
W.Va. Hospitals Continue To Struggle Post-COVID-19
West Virginia’s hospitals continue to navigate an altered landscape since the onset of COVID-19. While there has been progress over the past year, hospitals in West Virginia still face a broad ranging shortage of healthcare workers. Health care providers struggle with a backlog of care for patients, problems with supply chains, mounting financial pressures and legislative changes to insurance.
$50 million In State Surplus Awarded to WVU Cancer Institute
Alongside health officials from West Virginia University, Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday that $50 million of the state’s surplus funding will support investment to attain National Cancer Institute designation for the WVU Cancer Institute.
Marshall Seeks Participants In Art And Aging Study
Researchers at Marshall University are seeking participants 55 and older to examine the effect of visual art activities on the well-being of aging adults.
Canadian Wildfire Smoke Lingers Over W.Va.
According to the Air Now Fire and Smoke Map, West Virginia’s panhandles are experiencing the majority of particle pollution in the state, especially in the Eastern Panhandle, where Shepherdstown has been issued a code red warning for “unhealthy” air quality.
Experts Say Understanding Terminology Of Addiction Helps Treat The Disease
The drug epidemic is an ever-evolving hot-button topic with tons of buzzwords. But what does it all mean?
Recent Statistics Show Decline In Opioid Overdose Rates
According to provisional data, the state’s overdose rate fell from February 2022 to February 2023. The data shows that opioid overdose rates have dropped by approximately 8 percent, marking the most substantial decrease since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Technology Improves Outcomes For Heart Patients
A team of cardiologists at Marshall Health and St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute successfully used new technology to achieve better visualization and access to the heart, improving the success rate of cardiac ablation procedures.
Center For Excellence In Disabilities Provides Help For Foster Families
WVU’s Center for Excellence in Disabilities has been in operation for 43 years. It does not focus on one disability in particular but instead cares for those with disabilities at every age.
Surgeon General Issues Advisory On Social Media And Youth Mental Health
The U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory Tuesday stating that up to 95 percent of youth ages 13 to 17 report using a social media platform.
USDA Grants Support Local Projects In Rural Counties
In West Virginia, the investments announced on Monday total $16.9 million to address immediate needs and foster long-term economic growth.
New Mobile Simulation Lab To Provide Medical Training To Rural Populations
The mobile simulation lab will provide access to nursing education for both currently practicing nurses and future nurses currently in nursing school.
WVU Researchers Suggest Washing Produce Twice Before Eating
The safest way to consume any food is to wash it with a specialty cleaner made for produce, or a mixture of water and vinegar upon arrival at the home, and again before preparing or eating it.
State Officials Work To Uplift The Foster Care System This Month
Gov. Jim Justice declared that May is Foster Care Month, an initiative to strengthen and uplift the children in the system and their case workers.
Officials Report ‘Positive Momentum’ In Restructuring
During a briefing, Dr. Jeff Coben, interim secretary of the DHHR, was asked multiple questions about the progress of the restructuring process of the agency.
Survey Results Reveal Mental Health Issues In W.Va.
The MATCH survey allows West Virginia community needs to be matched with health resources and provides information to support decision making on state and local levels.
WVU Student Aims To Connect Those Aging Out Of State Care To Higher Education
Less than three percent of people raised in state care nationwide obtain a college degree. One West Virginia University (WVU) Newman Civic Fellow aims to change that statistic.
Pilot Program To Allow Survivors Attend Court Virtually
Pandemic-era technology will help survivors of domestic and sexual abuse face their alleged abuser in court – virtually.
Lily’s Place Holds Ribbon Cutting For Children’s Center
West Virginia lays claim to Lily’s Place, the nation’s first medical center specifically created for infants born from addicted parents. The Huntington facility is now expanding their services to support these growing infants’ siblings and families.
Officials Advise Vulnerable Populations To Get New Booster Vaccine
This week, the FDA is expected to authorize a recommendation of an additional shot for those who are immunocompromised as well as those over the age of 65.
ACLU Drops Federal Lawsuit Against W.Va. Abortion Ban
West Virginia abortion providers and advocates dropped a federal lawsuit challenging multiple provisions of the state’s near-total abortion ban.
Officials Provide Clarity And Updates On Delayed Foster Care Payments
The Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability (LOCHHRA) met Tuesday for an update on the DHHR’s years-long overhaul of critical computer systems.
The Future Of The W.Va. DHHR Remains Uncertain
Legislators learned the path to reorganize the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) remains uncertain during the Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability meeting Monday.
COVID-19 Pandemic Wanes But Fight Continues
The COVID-19 pandemic may seem to be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean the fight against it is over. Since last week, 16 West Virginians died from COVID-19. The nationwide average is 225 deaths a week. The West Virginia death total since the beginning of the pandemic is 8,083.
Marshall University Receives Grant To Create Remote Speech Therapy Program
Marshall University’s Speech and Hearing Center is receiving funding for a statewide speech therapy program for those with Parkinson’s Disease.
Health Care Grants Available To Improve Outcomes In W.Va.
A local nonprofit healthcare quality improvement company, Quality Insights, is marking its 50th anniversary by offering $100,000 in grants to nonprofits and community organizations seeking to improve health and health care in West Virginia.
National Abortion Pill Rulings Puts W.Va. Lawsuit In Limbo
While Friday’s rulings are not directly related to West Virginia’s lawsuit, GenBioPro, the maker of Mifepristone, reacted to the legal wrangling and announced it is reviewing both federal court orders.
FDA Approves Nasal Naloxone For Over The Counter Use
Until recently, Narcan was only available with a prescription, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a specific naloxone product for use without a prescription: a four-milligram naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray.