WEST VIRGINIA






 

WEST VIRGINIA
Office of Minority Health
Prepared by National Association of State
Offices of Minority Health (NASOMH)
 
Charlene.M.Hickman
Office of Minority Health
Office of Community Health 
Systems & Health Promotion
West Virginia Department of Health and
Human Resources
350 Capitol Street, Room 206
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 356-4243 
Fax: (304) 558-1553
Email. Charlene.M.Hickman@wv.gov
Website:www.dhhr.org
 
Organizational Structure/History
 
TheWest Virginia Minority Health Program was established in the Office of Community and Rural Health Services in 1998. In October 2005, the Minority Health Program was relocated from the Office of Community Health Systems (formerly Office of Community and Rural Health Services) to the Office of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, now the Office of Community Health Systems & Health Promotion within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. In March 2006, at the recommendation of the Minority Health Advisory Council, the Minority Health Program was designated as the Office of Minority Health by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources.
 
Purpose/Mission Statement
 
The mission of the West Virginia Office of Minority Health is to improve and protect the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minorities through the development of programs, policies and practices to eliminate health disparities.
 
The West Virginia Office of Minority Health’s (WVOMH) purpose is to serve as a resource and collaborative partner to community organizations, health care providers, and government agencies in efforts to decrease morbidity and mortality in minority populations.
  
Program Focus/Activities
 
·         Work through community coalitions in those West Virginia counties mostly populated with African Americans, for the purpose of eliminating health disparities related to diabetes and other chronic diseases among this population group. Empower African American leaders in the community to conduct community assessments based on the social determinants of health and develop community action plans to address these issues through the federally funded CDC REACH U.S. project;
·         Promote awareness about health and health care disparities;
·         Empower racial and ethnic minorities in West Virginia by promoting health self-management;
·         Promote cultural competency and awareness through health literacy and self-management programs;
·         Enhance data collection methodology and increase the amount of data collected on racial and ethnic minorities, African Americans in particular;
·         Create linkages between community, faith-based and state government organizations through collaborative projects/programs; and
·         Utilize program evaluation to determine impact and effectiveness of programs and initiatives, as well as leverage funding for additional program implementation.
 
Level of Funding Sources
 
(i)     The WVA-OMH has been awarded a federal grant from the CDC for the REACH U.S. project for a five-year period in the amount of $415,390 per year. 
 
                           Year                          Federal                             State                            Private

FY 2005
$61,000
 
 
FY 2006
$49,460
 
 
FY 2007
 
 
 
FY 2008
$415,390
 
 
FY 2009
$415,390
 
 

 
(ii)     Note: In FY 2008, West Virginia received a grant from the CDC for the REACH U.S. project in the amount of $415,390. All other funds came from the State Office of Rural Health grant program which is funded by HRSA.
 
Resources
 
The West Virginia Office of Minority Health is currently staffed by a director and a community coordinator. We currently have two vacant FTE positions (Epidemiologist and Administrative Assistant).    These FTE are paid by the REACH U.S. budget.
 
Recent Publications
 
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