June 8, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
TUESDAY: Public health is a Team Concept

Beckley Register-Herald - As if our politicians and favorite baseball teams don’t give us enough to worry about, the pandemic lingers. Well, not everyone worries and some have been out and about through it all without a mask or a care in the world. And some worry more than they should and remain in isolation…

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May 25, 2021 by Seth DiStefano
Food for All Coalition

WSAZ News Channel 3 - WVCBP policy outreach director Seth DiStefano discusses the efforts of the Food for All coalition and how it works to combat hunger and poverty in West Virginia. Watch the full interview here.

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May 15, 2021 by WVCBP
Alleviating an Epidemic

Martinsburg Journal-News - It seems that just about everyone has been impacted by someone battling substance abuse or addiction. Although treatment options exist, limited resources make access challenging, and few treatment facilities seem to assert continued success. Read the full article. However, it appears that West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle has been fortunate in welcoming the…

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May 3, 2021 by WVCBP
Drug Overdose Deaths Hit Record High in West Virginia in 2020

WSWS - West Virginia, the national epicenter of the opioid crisis for the past decade, saw its fatal overdose rate spike by at least 45 percent in 2020 according to data from the state Office of the Chief Medical Officer. The increase is a reversal of two years of declining drug deaths and marks a…

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April 29, 2021 by WVCBP
Hepatitis Detection Efforts in West Virginia Get Nearly $400K Boost

Hep Mag - The federal government has awarded West Virginia about $393,000 for viral hepatitis surveillance, according to an announcement from the state’s U.S. senators, Republican Shelly More Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin. Of that funding, $78,659 has been set aside to explore how the opioid epidemic affects rates of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. Read the full article.…

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April 29, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Health Policy, the Social Safety Net, and the 2021 Legislative Session

Amid a public health emergency, the 2021 state legislative session presented a unique opportunity to improve health and wellness outcomes across West Virginia. This year, delegates and senators introduced several bills related to health care and the social safety net that will impact families across the state, especially those with lower incomes. While some bills…

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April 28, 2021 by WVCBP
President Biden’s Recovery Package Represents the Transformative Policy West Virginia Needs

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – The President’s announcement of the American Families Plan today, along with his American Jobs Plan, puts us one step closer to seizing the historic opportunity to build a stronger recovery and a more equitable economy. We call on West Virginia’s congressional delegation to move swiftly to…

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April 23, 2021 by WVCBP
Under-funded by Lawmakers, WV Health Departments will Now Lose Authority, Too

Mountain State Spotlight, Beckley Register-Herald, WDTV, Yahoo News, Opera News - Five years ago, West Virginia lawmakers cut state funding to local health departments by 25%. Read the full article. The move — equivalent to an annual loss of $4 million — was a hit to the infrastructure that supports the well-being of our communities: the local workers…

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