Summer Policy Institute- WV

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http://www.wvpolicy-spi.org/index.html

Summer Policy Institute

Connecting WV’s Future Leaders to Policy Work & Networks

 

The Summer Policy Institute will bring together highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for a three-day learning experience, where participants are given an opportunity to become better informed about vital West Virginia specific policy issues, network with fellow students and leaders, and prepare for their future studies and work in policy-related fields. The Institute is hosted by the staff of the WV Center on Budget and Policy and Marshall University.

 

The West Virginia 2018 Summer Policy Institute (SPI) will be  held at the Marshall University campus in Huntington, WV on July 27-29,  2018.

Application opens April 1, closes June 15, 2018.

 

Who can participate? SPI is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at a West Virginia college or university, or graduate from a West Virginia high school, who has completed a minimum of 24 hours of college credit. VISTA Volunteers in West Virginia are also eligible to apply. SPI participants are chosen by a competitive application process aimed at selecting students with strong academic training, diverse experiences, and a clear interest in the study and practice of public policy. Particular emphasis is given to selecting a class of participants from a range of educational institutions, fields of study, and geographic and cultural backgrounds. Interested students in all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

There is no cost to attend.

 

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WANTED: Treatment Director at Elkins Mountain School

Treatment Director

Assures compliance with all licensing and regulatory standards. Directs, administers, coordinates and monitors the activities of the Treatment Department. Coordinates Therapy, Supportive Counseling and Behavior Management Services. Assures maximum efficiency, effectiveness and adherence to EMS policies and procedures.

Master’s Degree in a social service related field, five years supervisory experience in social services, preferably with the target population. Must be licensed in the person’s field of expertise.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $38,979.00 to $62,982.00 /year

Elkins Mountain Schools pays 100% of employee’s medical, dental and vision insurance.

Contact:

Human Resources

100 Bell Street

Elkins, WV 26241

304-637-8000

The Older Americans Act (OAA) – Take Action

The Older Americans Act (OAA) helps older adults to engage in their communities and to maintain and improve dignity, health, and independence. Services funded through the OAA include case management, elder abuse prevention, family caregiver supports, nutrition programs, transportation, and in-home assistance. In partnership with the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, and other groups, NASW has advocated consistently for OAA funding.

 

The omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2018, passed and signed into law (P.L. 115-141) in late March, included increased funding (as compared to FY 2017) for some OAA programs and other programs critical to the well-being of older adults:

 

  • OAA Title II programs: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
  • OAA Title III programs: Preventive Health, Family Caregiver Support, Nutrition Services, and Home and Community-Based Supportive Services
  • OAA Title VI programs: caregiver support services and nutrition and supportive services for American Indians/Alaska Natives/Native Hawai’ians
  • OAA Title VII programs: Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program; Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect Programs; Elder Justice Initiative and other Elder Rights Support Activities
  • State Health Insurance Assistance Program (partial restoration of funding cut in FY 2017)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Program: part of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, created in 2010 by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-14)
  • Section 202 program: provides housing for older adults with low incomes
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program: benefits many older adults
  • National Institutes of Health: research on Alzheimer’s and related dementias
  • Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
  • National Health Service Corps and Area Health Education Centers
  • Community Development Block Grant.

 

Moreover, the law included level funding for other programs that had faced severe cuts during the FY 2018 appropriations process:

 

  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and Elder Falls Prevention, both under the auspices of the PPHF
  • Senior Community Services Employment Program  Senior Corps: includes Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Foster Grandparents, and Senior Companion programs
  • Community Services Block Grant and Social Services Block Grant.

 

These appropriations constitute a significant victory for the OAA and for other aging programs.

 

 

Action Requested

 

Send a message to your members of Congress to underscore the importance of funding for the OAA and other programs integral to the health and well-being of older adults.

Take Action

WV Immunization Network

The WV Immunization Network (WIN) is a statewide immunization coalition of over 300 members from the public and private sectors who are focused on improving immunization rates and protecting West Virginians from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Center for Rural Health Development serves as the lead agency for WIN.

 

For more information, please contact: 

The Center for Rural Health Development Phone: (304) 397-4071 Email Website

West Virginians for Affordable Health Care (WVAHC) Story Collection Coordinator

West Virginians for Affordable Health Care (WVAHC)

Story Collection Coordinator

Job Description

  1. Title

Story Collection Coordinator

  1. Overall Responsibility

The Story Collection Coordinator is a full-time (40 hours a week), temporary grant-funded position working to collect, develop, and share Medicaid success stories as part of our West Virginians Together for Medicaid Campaign (WVTFM). The position with begin on May 1, 2018 and end April 30, 2019. The Coordinator is responsible for identifying individuals in the communities across West Virginia impacted by healthcare policy and assisting in dissemination of these experiences at events, in the media, to the public, and to our policy makers. WVACH is a consumer directed nonprofit health care advocacy organization located in Charleston, West Virginia.

The Story Collection Coordinator does not need to be based in Charleston.  The successful applicant will need to travel frequently across the state.

  1. Accountability

The Story Collection Coordinator shall be directly accountable to and receives direction from the West Virginians Together for Medicaid Director and indirectly the WVAHC Executive Director.

  1. Responsibilities
  2. Community Outreach and Story Collection
  • Collect, develop and deploy consumer stories in a story sharing campaign focused on Medicaid
  • In cooperation with the WVTFM Director develop a detailed one-year workplan for the project
  • Develop a Storybanking kit and training by adapting materials available from the national funding partner
  • Build relationships with statewide and local organizations who can contribute to the campaign’s story-collection efforts
  • Identify and interview West Virginians impacted by Medicaid and document their stories respectfully and with ethical considerations while guarding confidentiality as appropriate.
  • Draft interview notes, personal stories, testimonials and letters. Record video as necessary.
  • Document all necessary permissions and waivers and maintain in an organized system. All documents are the property of WVAHC.
  • Work with West Virginians Together for Medicaid Director to share Medicaid stories with federal and state policymakers.
  • Work with the West Virginians Together for Medicaid Director to prepare and share Medicaid stories with the media in the form of press releases, Op-eds, press conferences, media events, and radio and television interviews.
  • Share Medicaid stories in social media and on WVAHC and WVTFM websites.
  • Incorporate story consumers into existing advocacy events such as community meetings, meetings with policymakers, and health care education events.
  • Organize and successfully run public events.
  1. Administrative
  • Maintains administrative reports and statistical information on activities as assigned.
  • Ensure that policies and procedures are being followed.
  • Oversees grant projects and prepares required grant reports.
  • Attend committees and coalitions as assigned.
  1. Financial
  • Contribute to grant writing efforts as requested.
  • Ensure that grant project is adherent to budget.
  • Prepare invoices and expense reports in relation to grant expenses.
  • Prepare a monthly contractor invoice and submit to Executive Director for reimbursement on a monthly basis..      Organizational
  • Develops and maintains storybank for WVAHC and WVTFM.
  • Maintains communication with, and provide assistance to, coalitions, project volunteers, and grantees as assigned.
  1. Education and Outreach
  • Assists with public education, trainings, and information efforts related to Storybanking project to include talking to media outlets, public speaking, social media, and contributing to newsletter.
  • Work with communications contractor as necessary in regards to communication and design needs for Storybanking project.
  1. Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Excellent communicator with interpersonal skills and the ability to build rapport and trust.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, as well as the ability to adopt the style, tone, and voice accordingly when documenting personal stories.
  • Well organized and detail oriented with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with many different stakeholders and constituencies.
  • Knowledge of issues and initiatives that affect low-income people.
  • Past experience producing content for the web. Knowledge of how to use Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Education

Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Compensation

This is a one-year contract position. The contractor will be paid $36,000 or $3,000 a month May 1, 2018-April 30, 2019. At this time there are no fringe benefits available for the position .

To Apply:

Application deadline is April 27, 2018.

Submit a letter of intent, a resume, two writing samples, and contact information for three references to:

Chantal Fields, Executive Director

West Virginians for Affordable Care

2018 Federal Poverty Level Standards

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin related to the 2018 Federal Poverty Level Standards. The updated standards are available on Medicaid.gov at https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/eligibility/medicaid-enrollees/index.html.

The informational bulletin can be accessed on Medicaid.gov at https://www.medicaid.gov/Federal-Policy-Guidance/Federal-Policy-Guidance.html.

2018 Lung Cancer Conference: Catalyzing Change to Address Lung Cancer

Please see the attached Save the Date for the 2018 Lung Cancer Conference: Catalyzing Change to Address Lung Cancer. In addition to putting the information on your calendar, we would like for you to take a few minutes to fill out the survey using the link below. Information from the survey will help the committee to tailor some content based on interest or issues most important to serving the people of West Virginia. If you have any questions, please call Abby Starkey or Jenny Ostien at 304-293-2370. Thank you!

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/110118-110218

 

Please forward this information to other appropriate organizations, groups, or listservs. Thank you.