West Virginia Genealogy and History Blog

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House Agriculture Committee Chairman, on April 12, the 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2) undermines access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps

Introduced by Mike Conaway (R-TX-11), the House Agriculture Committee Chairman, on April 12, the 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2) undermines access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps).

The bill would expand mandatory work requirements for SNAP. It would also impose an unfunded mandate on states for employment and training services. This would put food assistance at risk for millions of people.

The current Farm Bill expires on September 30, 2018. On Wednesday, April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed H.R.2 out of committee along a party-line vote. The bill is expected to move to the House floor as early as mid-May.

According to the Center for Law and Social Policy, “[u]nder the bill, adults (ages 18-59) who are not disabled and do not have children under age 6 would be required to work, participate in a qualified employment or training program, or a do combination of work and training for 20 hours per week. The requirement would rise to 25 hours per week in Fiscal Year 2026. Failure to meet this requirement would mean loss of SNAP benefits for one year, with subsequent occurrences carrying a penalty of three years.”

An estimated 3 million SNAP participants  – including nearly 400,000 adults who are working but not enough to meet the 20 hour-a-week requirement – would need a job training or employment program to retain SNAP benefits. The bill’s new funding for such programs is well short of the cost for effective employment programs.  States would find it impossible to provide high-quality job training for those that need it.

The proposed changes in the SNAP work requirement will put many low-income single childless adults at risk of severe food insecurity. These changes will be devastating to vulnerable and marginalized populations such as homeless and justice involved men and women.

The National Association of Social Workers has joined with coalition partners to oppose work requirements to various federal benefit programs. We have a Practice Alert about work requirements in Medicaid.

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Opioid Epidemic Virtual Field Trip

Subject: On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: A Live Virtual Field Trip

Register Today: A Vital Conversation on the Opioid Epidemic for Your Students

Brought to you by Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Operation Prevention aims to combat the opioid epidemic by educating students about the impacts of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use through engaging, standards-aligned digital content.

Register today and tune in LIVE on Wednesday, October 25th at 1pm/10am PT for the second installment of the Operation Prevention virtual field trip series. Students will visit Huntington, West Virginia- a typical American community that has been greatly impacted by the opioid epidemic- to hear the powerful personal stories from the bravest teens and change makers in the city. Students will learn how opioids have affected their lives, how they are using their experiences to improve the city, and ways your students could make a positive impact in their own communities.

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Some of the event’s guests will include:


  • Haley, a young teen whose parents struggle with opioid misuse, who now uses her experience to counsel others struggling with addiction.
  • Huntington’s Mayor, Steven Williams, whose record of public service is dedicated to turning the tide on the epidemic.
  • The teen members of the local drug abuse prevention program, who offer stories of what they have seen and how other students can get involved in their communities’ fight against the opioid crisis.

Gain new perspectives on this community in recovery in an experience your students won’t forget.

Explore standards-aligned digital lessons, interactive student module, parent toolkit, and more at OperationPrevention.com




WVCTSI announces 3 pilot funding opportunities; multiple information sessions to be held

The West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) has released requests for applications (RFA) for the Launch Pilot Grant, Open Competition, and Small Grant funding opportunities. For information on Letter of Intent and full proposal deadlines for fall 2017, visit the WVCTSI funding page.

WVCTSI will also be holding multiple informational sessions to assist anyone interested in applying for funding. 

 Academic-Community Partnership funding available

WVCTSI has joined the The Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) centers at the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky, and Pennsylvania State University to launch a new pilot funding program to support innovative, long-term collaborations between academic medical institutions and community partners with goal of improving health in Appalachia.

The Academic-Community Partnership Program is now accepting letters of intent for projects designed to stimulate the translation of clinical and translational research into effective practice and public policy, in alignment with the mission of the Appalachian Translational Research Network. A unique aspect of this funding stream is that it requires a community partner to serve as co-principal investigator or co-investigator on the grant, and a shared leadership plan must be included in the application. The pilot program will award a total of up to $100,000 in direct costs as a two-year pilot grant to strengthen or support the development of sustainable partnerships between academic researchers and community stakeholders for translational research. For more information, read the full proposal here. For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact 304-293-6581.