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Moms, babies make big gains under Medicaid expansion

By Sharon L. Carte

Jun 4, 2019

After a long public health career frequently reading and learning of poor health statistics or rankings for West Virginia, nothing cheers me like learning we are on top for a change, and it should cheer you, too.

Yes, West Virginia is among the top three states (along with New Mexico and Kentucky) with the highest declines in the rate of uninsured women of child-bearing age (18 to 44 years), according to a recent report by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families. This good news means most women of child-bearing age in our state now have increased access to preventive care during pregnancy, their chances for adverse health outcomes are reduced and maternal mortality can be reduced.

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Student support gets spotlight in education report

By Brad McElhinny in News | May 11, 2019 at 11:58AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A new report not only makes recommendations to change West Virginia’s education system, it also tells a story of how the daily complications of students’ lives affects how they perform in school.

“It is apparent more needs to be done to address the consequences of poverty and the opioid crisis on West Virginia’s children,” the report says.

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“Public schools carry much of the burden created by abuse, neglect and household dysfunction.”

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Mental health professionals call for more “trauma informed” training in public schools

By Jordan Nelson The Register-Herald

Apr 21, 2019


Public schools throughout the state are in current crisis mode as the opioid epidemic continues to sweep its way in and remain a dark cloud over West Virginia, according to Diana Whitlock, the autism coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). 

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Enough grappling in the dark, drug epidemic plan needed

 Jan 26, 2019

By Kelli Caseman

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There’s a famous poem by the Sufi poet Rumi titled “An Elephant in the Dark.” Maybe you’ve heard it. It’s a take on an Indian parable about an elephant that is brought to a village and put in a dark room.
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Sharon Carte: CHIP needs to be a priority

In the midst of America’s rancorous debate about how to pay for increasingly costly health care, one bright spot is the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). With both strong bipartisan approval and overwhelmingly popular support, CHIP has proven to be an effective and efficient program protecting the health of children.

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Sisters Health Foundation holds luncheon to honor community groups

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Dec. 8, 2018

Wayne Towner, Reporter

Photo by Wayne Towner Renee Steffen, executive director of the Sisters Health Foundation, speaks at Friday’s annual foundation Grantee Luncheon at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. The grantees receiving recognition completed over $800,000 worth of projects involving grants from the foundation over the past year.

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Results in from WVAHC survey regarding children’s healthcare in schools


 in News | November 27, 2018 at 4:06PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The results are in following an eight-month survey project from West Virginians for Affordable Health Care in regards to children’s healthcare and services in schools.

Over 4,000 surveys were sent out by the group to parents and professionals as part of the Children’s Health Collaborative Project.

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Survey shines light on access to healthcare for children

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The results from a new survey show that school officials feel there is a greater need for mental health services in schools.

CHARLESTON — A new set of survey results shines light on how important it is that state officials work to increase access to health care for children.

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Researchers looking at best aspects of health centers to improve child health in WV

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By  in News | October 09, 2018 at 5:12PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Researchers and community leaders in the Morgantown area are hoping the work they’re doing now will eventually improve the health of West Virginia’s children, 25 percent of whom live in poverty.

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Voters name healthcare as a top issue in November!

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Oct. 02, 2018 – 6:21 – Bret Baier examines how health care is playing as a Midterm Motivator for voters.

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