August 15, 2018
  WVPCA Weekly Outlook Newsletter
    A Newsletter on Community Centered Healthcare

We offer this publication as a member service of the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA).

If you have questions regarding our organization, WVPCA membership, or if you have content to suggest for this newsletter, please contact Kelsey Clough, Education and Communications Coordinator, by email or by phone at (304) 346-0032.


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Charleston, WV 25314-1518
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 State  News


Number of opioid-addicted women giving birth quadruples
Read the whole article from the  U.S. News and World Report here

Report: West Virginia lagging in cancer-fighting policies
Read the whole article from the  Exponent Telegram here
WV Community Health Centers Are Celebrating National Health Center Week

  NHCW will be held August 12-18. This year's theme is "Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America's Health Care Heroes." The national campaign runs with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's Health Centers over the course of more than five decades.

If your health center is getting involved, let us know! Contact the WVPCA at 304-346-0032 or via email at

Check out NHCW activities planned around the state. 
FamilyCare Health Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening

Yesterday (August 14), Family Care Health Centers held a ribbon-cutting to announce the opening of FamilyCare Health Center on the campus of West Virginia State University.  Representatives from both organizations discussed the importance of providing on-campus health care to the students, faculty, staff and community.  The new health center is located in the Student Union. For more information, visit
MVA Health Centers Celebrates 60th Anniversary on August 15
 Free health screenings, children's activities, food and entertainment offered
Fairmont, W.Va.- Monongahela Valley Association of Health Centers (MVA) is marking its 60th anniversary onWednesday, August 15, 2018 with a free community celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. at its 1322 Locust Ave. location.

The first 30 children to arrive will receive a free backpack filled with school supplies, and all kids can enjoy face painting, games and other activities. The event will also feature free food and entertainment and a number of health screenings, including free sports physicals, foot exams, blood pressure checks and vouchers for free diabetic eye exams.

"We appreciate the support we have received from the community for 60 years, and we look forward to seeing you at our anniversary celebration," said Nancy Vandergrift, MVA President.

Read the entire release here
Valley Health Systems Celebrates NHCW 
To kick off National Health Center Week at Valley Health Systems and to signify the groundbreaking of the new Milton health center, an on-location ceremony was hosted on Monday. Additionally, Healthcare Hero of the Year candidates were selected by a panel of Valley Health administrators. The panel reviewed cases of exceptional patient care surrounding three categories: 1) quality; 2) teamwork; 3) advocacy. A physician was then selected by the panel to represent each category, and while all are winners, we need your vote so that our Healthcare Hero of the Year can be named. 

Voting begins  Sunday, August 12. Voting will conclude at  4 p.m. on  Thursday, August 16 and Valley Health's Healthcare Hero of the Year will then be named during a reception at East Huntington on  Friday, August 17.

Scheduled activities for NHCW include:
  • Tuesday | Children's Immunization Day and Children's Health Day - Children's Bike Helmet Giveaway 
  • Wednesday | Homeless Health Day 
  • Thursday | Healthcare Hero Dress-Up Day and American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Friday | Agriculture Day and Healthcare Hero Reception 
For more information about all the NHCW activities happening at Valley Health Systems, click here or check out the article from the Herald-Dispatch Read the whole article from the Herald-Dispatch  Read the whole article from the Herald-Dispatch here
Strengthening Relationships Between SBHCs and Schools
Children face many challenges as they find their way to understand who they are, manage interpersonal relationships, identify career aspirations and even the daily grind of making good choices. Most children are fortunate in that many are resilient and while they may grapple with developmental milestones, they navigate adolescence with some level of success. However, there are some children that are not as fortunate and become stuck at some point in the process of maturing into the successful young adults particularly those children who have experienced adverse childhood events. They are at a higher risk of developing behavior and emotional problems. Even though our children spend from thirty to forty hours per week in our schools where consistent adults have their eyes on them, the children often do not get the services needed to support their development. 

School-Based Health Centers are critical in helping identify these children who are not being successful in our schools and providing necessary services. Our teachers today are faced with more challenges than in the past and are being judged on test scores and academic performance.  While we work diligently to work with teachers regarding mental health issues and other barriers to learning, a large gap still exists in getting our students the help they need to overcome challenges. The latest research reminds us that at least one if five adolescents exhibits signs or symptoms of a mental health problem and there are significant numbers that suffer physical ailments that interfere with learning.

While we continue to promote a "whole child" approach to enhancing the success of our children's education, one way to close the gap is through strengthening the collaborative relationship between our schools and school-based health centers. Teachers may not know specifics about mental health issues, but they are skilled in recognizing when children are not performing to their abilities. It is imperative that a great awareness exist that there are partners in the building to address many of the student's needs and a process is known as to how to make referrals. Building strong partnerships is a win-win situation that has great benefits for all parties involved, including our children so that together, we can work to maximize their potential.

Want to find out more about how to strengthen partnerships in schools? Contact The WVPCA at or visit our partner, the National School Based Health Alliance's website that has many resources. 
State NewsState
Fluoride Varnish Project - WVDHHR Oral Health Program
The focus of the Fluoride Varnish Project is to educate healthcare professionals on caries risk assessment, fluoride varnish application, and facilitation of the age one dental visit. 

According to recent oral health surveillance conducted in West Virginia, 34% of preschoolers had dental decay.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates tooth decay (dental caries) as the leading chronic infectious disease for children in the United States.  Tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to other health problems and can also effect eating, speaking, playing and learning.  The good news is that tooth decay is virtually 100% preventable. Fluoride varnish application in young children is recommended as a preventative measure to reduce caries incidence in this young demographic.  Children see their pediatrician an average of 11 times prior to seeing a dentist. 

As of December 1, 2016, there is no longer a training requirement to provide fluoride varnish services.  The Oral Health Program recommends the 
Smiles for Life Curriculum Course 6: Caries Risk Assessment, Fluoride Varnish and Counseling as an excellent source of evidence-based information, as well as a source of FREE continuing education units (CEUs).

If you would like more information about the Fluoride Varnish Project and how you can implement services for your patients, please submit an inquiry via the 
Contact Us section of this website, or call the Oral Health Program at 1-800-642-8522 or 304-558-5388.
West Virginia Webinar and Training Opportunities 
Social Work License Exam Prep Course
When: September 8-9
Where: Charleston, WV
What: Join Dr. Sophia Dziegielewski through the National Association of Social Workers, West Virginia Chapter for a Social Work License Exam Preparation Course. 

Bachelor / BSW exam candidates attend Saturday only. Masters / Advanced / Clinical MSW candidates attend BOTH days.

For more information, visit  for a downloadable Registration Request form for mail / agency PO / invoicing. Registration is also available here For information call 304.345.6279 or email:

2018 WVGS Scientific Assembly
When September 13
Where: University of Charleston
What: Registration is now open for the 2018 WVGS Scientific Assembly, "Caregiving: Challenges and Solutions." This conference is planned for an interdisciplinary audience of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and social workers. 

26th Annual WV Rural Health
Conferenc e
When: October 17-19
Where : Pipestem State Resort
WhatThis conference features national and state best practices speakers, provides continuing education to physicians, attorneys, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, community health educators and others, and is an unparalleled opportunity to network with others interested in improving rural health care in West Virginia.  Registration is available  here

Appalachian Addiction & Prescription Drug Abuse Conference
When: October 18-20
Where : Embassy Suites in Charleston
What: Registration is available here

Save the Date: 12th Annual Southern Obesity Summit
When: October 22-24
Where: Charleston, WV
What The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States. Applications are in process for Continuing Education credits for Physicians (CME), Nurses (CNE), Dietitians and Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).  For additional information about Continuing Education opportunities, click here. Registration is available here
National NewsNational
NIDDK Launches New Diabetes in America Reference Source
NIDDK has completed the third edition of a resource for crucial scientific information on diabetes and its complications:  Diabetes in America, 3rd Edition. This resource  features contributions from leading diabetes experts from around the world. A fact sheet is available here and the full publication is also available. 
Update to PCMH Standards and Guidelines Document
NCQA updates the PCMH publication annually to clarify guidance and refine criteria expectations. PCMH 2017 edition, version 3 is the current version of the PCMH Standards and Guidelines; it is available via NCQA's Download Center site. Log in using your email address and password.

Highlights of the update include:
  • Organizations with two or more sites are now allowed to share or partially share an additional 21 criteria across practice sites, saving time and reducing documentation.
  • Updates to guidance language for clarity of criteria.
  • Updated selected concept and competency descriptions to align with criteria included in the concepts and competencies.
Please contact Shannon Parker at should you have any questions or need assistance downloading the material.
Community Health Center ResourcesResources
ECRI Institute 
The  ECRI Institute  offers numerous policy templates that can be used as guidance consistent with the needs of community health centers. To take a look at their library of policy templates, click  here .

If you are not an ECRI member, creating a free account before accessing these materials is required. ECRI Institute resources are provided for free on behalf of HRSA.

To Access Policies: 
  • From the main page, click on the clinical risk management link on the left hand side of the page
  • Click sample policies and tools listed under tool-kits on left side of page
Click on the + sign to access individual templates.
Tracking and Referral Resources Available at ECRI
ECRI has released a Test Tracking and Follow-Up Toolkit and the Get Safe! Communication Ensuring Care Coordination of the Medically Complex PatientAll resources are provided for free by ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA.  If you do not currently have access and would like to set up an account, just email them or call (610) 825-6000.  For those who have already registered on the site, the links will take you to these tools.  

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial/Chief Operations Officer
Data Services & Integration  Speci alist

 Jennifer Boyd  PA-C, PCMH-CCE Clinical Consultant
Education & Communications

Health Data Analyst
J ohn Kennedy
School-Based/Behavioral Health Coordinator

Member Relations Coordinator
Shannon Parker, 
Director of Health Center Operations

Special Programs Coordinator
Staff Accountant
Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator
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