March 1, 2021 by WVCBP
Despite a Growing Need, Helping West Virginia’s Hungry Not a Priority as Legislature Session Continues

Mountain State Spotlight, Beckley Register-Herald - Even though more families are struggling to get enough food as the pandemic continues, hunger-related bills aren’t among the measures rapidly moving through the West Virginia Legislative session. Read the full article. West Virginia was already one of the country’s hungriest states pre-pandemic. And the problem has only gotten worse…

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February 28, 2021 by WVCBP
As Kanawha Faces an HIV Outbreak, Legislation Would Make Running Harm Reduction Programs that Could Help More Difficult

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Huntington Herald-Dispatch - As Kanawha County faces an impending HIV outbreak that could cost billions in taxpayer dollars, the West Virginia Senate’s Health and Human Resources Committee entertained a bill Thursday that would make it more difficult to operate programs proven to slow such diseases and save lives. Read the full article. Senate Bill 334 would…

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February 27, 2021 by WVCBP
House COVID Relief Bill Is the Response West Virginians Need

For Immediate Release: February 27, 2021Contact: Jessie Ice, 304-322-0074 or Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV - Last night’s passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of a comprehensive COVID relief bill is an important step forward. This legislation is the kind of action we need in this moment, when the economy is still weak and…

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February 23, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
TANF Drug Use Screening Harmful to Low-Income West Virginians

In 2017, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) launched a three-year pilot program that screened drug use among recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Otherwise known as WV WORKS, TANF provides cash assistance for low-income families and helps with child care, skills training, and job searching. As the pilot…

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February 17, 2021 by WVCBP
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in West Virginia in 2020

Introduction The health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have had profound consequences for West Virginia families and communities, and structural and longstanding health and poverty challenges have been magnified. Before the crisis, West Virginia had the fourth highest poverty rate in the country and among the worst health outcomes and indicators. This made…

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January 27, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Addressing Uninsured Black West Virginians is Essential to State’s Wellness

The COVID-19 pandemic has both underscored and exacerbated Black Americans’ health disparities across the United States. While this pattern has garnered national attention, West Virginia has been less successful in identifying and quantifying similar patterns, in part because Black West Virginians comprise less than 4 percent of the population, or roughly 64,500 people — well below the national average of 13…

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January 14, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Funding Cuts to Local Health Departments Harmful for Public Health

West Virginia’s local health departments have served as the cornerstone of public health initiatives for decades. Providing services such as immunization, family planning, harm reduction, environmental and food inspections, and much more, local health departments deliver a holistic approach to ensuring health and wellness for West Virginia residents across the state. They have been crucial…

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December 31, 2020 by WVCBP
Nine Local Organizations Receive Funding from Sisters Health Foundation

Athens Messenger - Eight Athens County organizations were among the 34 recipients of grant funding in support of our vision of “healthy people in healthy communities”. At its most recent meeting, the Board of Directors approved a total of $387,500. Read the full article. Nine organizations that provide direct services, such as food and emergency…

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December 26, 2020 by WVCBP
Sisters Health Foundation Helps Fund Health Efforts

Parkersburg News and Sentinel - The Sisters Health Foundation awarded grant funding to 34 nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley in support of its vision of “healthy people in healthy communities.” Read the full article. At its most recent meeting, the Board of Directors approved a total of $387,500. Nine organizations that provide direct services, such…

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