West Virginians for Affordable Health Care

The Children’s Health Collaborative Project’s first challenge is to develop a comprehensive statewide picture of what is already happening in schools and communities in West Virginia. Through surveys of diverse school, health care, and community stakeholders, followed by phone interviews, focus groups, and site visits, we will create a list of programs, key players, community leaders, and successful models to share across the state. Your participation is vital to the success of this worthwhile project!

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Background: The West Virginia Children’s Health Collaborative Project, a program of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, is an innovative partnership between children’s health policy experts, health providers, educators, parents, and community leaders who share the common goal to see every West Virginia child insured, linked to a doctor’s office or primary care provider, and receiving coordinated and continuous needed health and social services. We will build on successful models across our state, support the good work that has already been done, and work to make even more progress.

 

Even though West Virginia is a national leader in reducing the rate of uninsured children and has more school-based health centers per person than any other state, we still see children’s overall health and well-being ranked close to the bottom in national surveys. Today a growing number of West Virginia’s children are in disrupted families and in transition, which creates new barriers to enrollment. And even with an insurance card in-hand, it is difficult to link these children to a medical home and coordinated, continuous care.

 

The Children’s Health Collaborative Project’s first challenge is to develop a comprehensive statewide picture of what is already happening in schools and communities so we can then:

 

1) Assist families of children who do not have private health insurance enroll into West Virginia Medicaid and our Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);

 

2) Connect children and families to a medical home that can coordinate health and social services; and

 

3) Plan for continuity of services when school is out of session.

 

Through surveys of diverse school, health care, and community stakeholders, followed by phone interviews, focus groups, and site visits, we will create a list of programs, key players, community leaders, and successful models to share across the state.

 

Following the statewide assessment, in August we will share what we learned from our surveys and plan how to both replicate great programs and advance policy changes that can help strengthen the children’s wheel of services – both hub and spokes. We will also have the foundation to create a network of local children’s health experts and community champions who are dedicated to informing policymakers and taking action to improve children’s health and wellbeing at the community, state, and federal levels.

 

Until now, there’s been no uniform effort to compile a comprehensive, statewide picture of how we’re addressing health care in our schools. But The Children’s Health Collaborative Project is not just another research project. It is an initiative to catalyze new voices to speak out and bring positive change supported by a foundation of knowledge and an understanding of what really works to get our children the health care and social service supports that empowers them to succeed.

 

How to Help?

 

We are looking for anyone who has a stake in our children’s lives. If you would like to help – in a large or small role – or learn more – please contact West Virginians for Affordable Health Care at info@wvahc.org or call 304.444.5917.

 

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event was conceived by the National Coalition against Domestic Violence in 1981, with the intent of setting aside October to link advocates across the nation to end violence against women and children. The themes of this advocacy period are:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) joins the nation in bringing awareness to the effort to prevent the horrors of domestic violence.

We should be reminded that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), someone is physically abused by an intimate partner every 20 minutes. On an annual basis, over 10 million people experience domestic violence. Although incidents occur among all races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, ages, and levels of socioeconomic status, over 85 percent of reported victims are women.

Advocates will need to be prepared to actively support reauthorization of the Violence against Women Act of 2018 (VAWA). This critical legislation-which has been in place since 1994-is up for reauthorization in FY 2018.

Resources for Information on Domestic Violence

National Coalition against Domestic Violence

https://ncadv.org/

U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence against Women https://www.justice.gov/ovw/domestic-violence

CDC Violence Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/index.html

NASW Press

https://www.naswpress.org/

National Network to End Domestic Violence

https://nnedv.org/

2017 Holiday Assistance Programs taking applications and need volunteers and donations!

2017 Holiday Assistance Programs taking applications and need volunteers and donations!

Hello Everyone!

The holiday season is just around the corner and many of you have requested information about the Holiday assistance programs available in our area. Many of us know families who could benefit from assistance during this time of year. If you know a family who would like to apply for assistance, please see the contact information below for all of the local programs. The same contact information can be used if you’d like to donate or volunteer to assist in any of the programs. I know donations and volunteers are always welcome. PLEASE ENCOURAGE FAMILIES NEEDING ASSISTANCE TO APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE as assistance is limited based on resources. APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW. (and so are donations. )

The annual United Way Holiday Food and Toy Distribution is in its 36th year of community outreach in 2017. The purpose of the Holiday Food and Toy Distribution is to provide needy families in Monongalia County with food and toys for the holiday season 

To Apply for Assistance:

Applications will be accepted at The Connecting Link Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, October 2nd through Friday, November 17th from 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Their office is located in the Monongahela Building (235 High Street) in Room 208.

 

You must bring the following items with you to register:

•Proof of income

•Proof of expenses

•Birth certificate, social security card, driver’s license or medical card for each family member 

Applicants must be Monongalia County residents to receive food and toys.  Toy distribution is for children ages birth to 18 years.  (*In order to receive gifts, the children in the home must be actively enrolled in school.) 

Distribution will be held on Thursday, December 14th.  

To Volunteer: 

On December 11th, 12th, and 13th, volunteers are needed to sort and bag donated food and organize toys in preparation for the distribution. It is on these days that a large portion of the effort behind the distribution takes place.  Volunteers will be on hand to show you how you can assist in the effort.  Any group or individual interested in helping should join us on these days.  The distribution of food and toys to families will take place on December 14th. Volunteers are also needed on this day to assist with the distribution. 

If you questions about volunteering, please contact volunteer@unitedwaympc.org or by phone at (304) 322-2063. 

To Donate: 

If you are interested in making a financial contribution, please contact one of the following:

•United Way at 304-296-7525 for food

•Christian Help at 304-296-0221 for toys

•Humane Society at 304-296-6247 for pet food   

SALVATION ARMY- SEASONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS: 

Morgantown, WV

1264 University Ave.

PO Box 753, 26507

MORGANTOWN

Telephone: 304.296.3525

 

Preston County Service Unit

124 Morgan Street

KINGWOOD

Telephone: 304-329-1245

 

ALBERT GALLATIN SERVICE CENTER

Saint Benedict’s Learning Center

100 Rear South Washington Street

Masontown, PA

Telephone: 724-583-9603, 724-437-0580

 

Fairmont Service Unit

1512 Locust Avenue

FAIRMONT

Telephone: 304-366-2601

 

Grafton, WV

111 Beech St.

GRAFTON

Telephone: 304.265.3565

 

Uniontown, PA

32 West Fayette Street

UNIONTOWN

Telephone: 724-437-2031

 

 

Celebrate Infant Mortality Awareness Month

On September 21st, several partners are collaborating to celebrate Infant Mortality Awareness Month and to provide an opportunity for the community to donate items (feminine hygiene products, diapers, wipes) locally and for hurricane victims.  See the attached flyer for further details.

 

Collaborating Partners:

WV Healthy Start/HAPI Project

WV Healthy Start Navigator Project

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic

WV Perinatal Partnership

Right From the Start Region 7

NOW Morgantown

 

If you are unable to attend the event, but would still like to make a donation to hurricane victims, below are a few reputable websites that are accepting donations for the Texas Diaper Bank:

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1YDABV4XT8UMO/ref=cm_sw_em_r_d_awwlg_KCMUzbJM9BTRB_wb

 

Www.texasdiaperbank.org

 

For victims of the Florida hurricane, the following is an option for donation:

 

http://www.miamidiaperbank.com/

 

Starting this Fall, the Quin Curtis Center in Morgantown, WV will be offering a new psychoeducational group. The ELEVATE program is evidence based and was developed for the purpose of enhancing intimate relationships.

 

ELEVATE is a program that helps couples work on and improve various aspects of their relationships. Some of these aspects include building communication skills, conflict management, expressing affectionate behaviors, and understanding your partner’s perspective.

 

Couples will participate in four classes that will teach them how to improve these aspects of their relationship. Instruction will include interactive activities, discussions, and educational videos. The ELEVATE program is scheduled to start Friday, October 13th from 10:30-12:30, in the Mountain Lair on WVU’s Downtown Campus in the Blackwater Room. There is a one-time $20 fee per couple for the four-week program. Couples who are interested in participating in the ELEVATE program should reserve a place by contacting Chad Thompson (cdthompson@mix.wvu.edu), Tinh Dang (tndang@mix.wvu.edu), or call the Quin Curtis Center at 304-293-1824 ext.0.  Please feel free to distribute the attached brochure.

 

The Quin Curtis Center is a psychological service, training and research center. Through a new initiative the Quin Curtis Center (QCC) is now interdisciplinary and has a team of psychology and social work graduate student interns working together.  The ELEVATE program is part of the relationship focus of this team. Couple and family therapy referrals are also welcome.