Caseman, Marino: Hard truths about W.Va. youth in crisis (Opinion)
- By Kelli Caseman and Laure Marino
- Oct 16, 2019
Some hard truths have emerged, thanks to the opioid epidemic. One is that some of West Virginia’s children will be introduced to the culture of drug addiction, and they’ll never climb out of it. We lack the priorities and resources to help them. Our systems are bursting at the seams. Kids will keep falling through the cracks.Read More »
Medicaid awareness meeting planned for tonight
WTAP 6 – Changes to medicaid program Posted: Mon 11:36 AM, Sep 23, 2019 | Updated: Mon 11:37 AM, Sep 23, 2019
PARKERSBURG, W,Va.-(WTAP) On Monday, Sept. 23rd at 6:30 pm., the League of Women Voters will provide an awareness program on changes to Medicaid that are on the horizon. Anyone affected directly or indirectly should attend. The event will be held at the Summer Auditorium at the main branch of the Wood County Public Library on Emerson Avenue in Parkersburg.
Lisa Diehl, Northern Regional Coordinator for West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, an organization whose goals include preserving, protecting, and improving Medicaid and the Medicaid expansion, will be the guest speaker for the public and sponsored by the League of Women voter.Read More »
Child Care experts talk need for policy change at roundtable discussion
By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch firstname.lastname@example.org
Sep 21, 2019
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HUNTINGTON — With hopes of forging a path toward meaningful changes to policy that affect the well-being of West Virginia’s children, two groups brought together health care and child welfare experts Friday at the Marshall University School of Medicine within Cabell Huntington Hospital.Read More »
- By Caity Coyne Staff writer
- Sep 10, 2019
Rate of uninsured in WV remains unchanged, but worries shared on lack of progress
While West Virginia made progress years ago in decreasing the number of uninsured people in the state, a U.S. Census Bureau report released Tuesday suggests that progress may be slowing after no change in the rate of insurance coverage between 2017 and 2018.Read More »
Moms, babies make big gains under Medicaid expansion
By Sharon L. Carte
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.Read More »
Student support gets spotlight in education report
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.
“Public schools carry much of the burden created by abuse, neglect and household dysfunction.”Read More »
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).Read More »
Enough grappling in the dark, drug epidemic plan needed
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.
Sisters Health Foundation holds luncheon to honor community groups
Dec. 8, 2018
Wayne Towner, Reporter