Rural Health Conference to Address WV's Crisis with Obesity, Drugs and Child Nutrition

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | March 09, 2018

With the eyes of the world seemingly on West Virginia and this state’s battle with a number of devastating public health crises, the West Virginia Rural Health Association (WVRHA) issued a rousing call-to-arms this week.

“It’s time for West Virginia’s health community to prove that it has the spirit, the creativity and the commitment to actually start to win some of these fights, because at the moment it’s pretty clear that we have a losing record when it comes to obesity, drug treatment and child nutrition, to name just a few,” said WVRHA Executive Director Debrin Jenkins.

“Are we up to it? Are the transformative ideas actually out there that can have a real and immediate impact in improving health outcomes in West Virginia’s rural communities? That remains to be seen.”

Jenkins said her organization would dedicate its annual rural health conference later this year to unearthing and supporting “transformative, game-changing ideas that actually push the needle on health outcomes.”

“It is not just doctors and administrators and researchers we want to hear from,” Jenkins said. “Students, community leaders, advocates and everyday citizens can be a part of this effort too. We want solutions wherever they come from, and whatever form they take.”
To be held at Pipestem Resort State Park, October 17 – 19, the theme of the 2018 West Virginia Rural Health Conference is Revitalizing our Rural Communities for a Healthy West Virginia.

Applications are now being sought to present or host a session at the conference. The deadline for proposals is March 30.

“The onus is on West Virginia’s health professionals, students, educators, community advocates and leaders to generate the ideas and solutions that will lead to real and lasting community change,” Jenkins said.

To learn more about the West Virginia Rural Health Conference visit


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