June 17, WWHWV Webinar – A Wild and Wonderful West Virginia Collaborative

June 17th 12 NOON – 1 PM

A Wild and Wonderful West Virginia Collaboration


Kristin Dial, CEO, Coalfield Health Center



Brief description of the presentation: The session will explore unusual and unique alliances created through Wild, Wonderful and Healthy Logan County to effectively collaborate within a rural community to address health inequities and focus resources on a common goal, thereby avoiding duplication of efforts.  Work within the collaborative partnership involved using data on the community’s needs and impact of social determinants of health on health inequities in Logan County.  We use community-based research to create effective and sustainable interventions to address social determinants of health in our communities.  Wild, Wonderful and Healthy Logan County has also improved the recruitment of rural health care providers by steeping health care students in long term immersive research, strategic planning, and problem solving alongside rural community members.

About the Presenters:  Kristin Dial, CEO, Coalfield Health Center

Kristin Dial is the Executive Director of a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-alike in Southern West Virginia. Mrs. Dial is a 2002 graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelor of Science, 2005 graduate of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College with an Associate of Nursing degree, and a 2007 graduate of Marshall University with a Master’s in Health Care Administration. Mrs. Dial is an active board member of the West Virginia Rural Health Association, the Logan County Chamber of Commerce and the Logan Healthcare Foundation. In addition, she is a member of the WV Primary Care Association and Partner’s In Health Network. Kristin is a founding member of Wild Wonderful and Healthy Logan County which is a collaborative effort among Logan County entities from a variety of sectors working to develop and implement a community health improvement plan to improve the health of Logan County residents and create a healthy workforce, leading to increases economic development in rural communities throughout Logan County.

This webinar will be recorded and archived on the event webpage, following the live webinar.

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Cost: Free!

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Sponsored by:

HRSA Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program

‘Vulnerable Rural Hospital

Assistance Program’

Application Portal is Now Open

The Center for Optimizing Rural Health’s (CORH) application portal for the HRSA-funded Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program (VRHAP) is now open. The portal will remain open until July 31, 2021. CORH offers technical assistance to 30 rural hospitals each year to help address economic challenges, understand community needs and resources, and identify ways to ensure hospitals and communities can maintain local health care access.

This program is funded by HRSA, so all resources are FREE to participating hospitals.

The application is open to all rural and CAH hospitals in the United States. Selected hospitals will be notified in August 2021, with the technical assistance year beginning September 1, 2021.

If you would like to apply for technical assistance or learn more about the program, please check out these links:




Application Tips

To make the application process as streamlined as possible, we are sharing some tips and best practices. If you need further assistance, we’ll be happy to walk you through the application.

  • Read the FAQs before starting the application.
  • Download the Application PDF and complete a written copy before entering data into the portal to avoid being timed out while you gather information.
  • Complete as many questions on the application as you are able to answer.
  • The more information you can provide, the better. Tell your hospital’s story!
  • If you are unsure of your eligibility review questions 11, 12, 13, and 15 in the CORH VRHAP Application/Selection Process section of the FAQs.

2021 PBRN Virtual Conference starts June 24th

This year’s theme is PBRNs: Embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Attend from Anywhere – Join this fully virtual conference from work, home or any convenient location.
  • Insightful Presentations – Enjoy thought provoking panel discussions and presentations from plenary speakers.
  • Questions & Answers – Inspiring sessions with Q & A.
  • Programming – Enjoy two full days of research, including behavioral health, chronic care management, COVID-19, and much more.
  • Diversity – Gain insights into efforts PBRNs are making to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion

Featured Plenary Speakers

  • Nadine J. Barrett, PhD, MA, MS, from the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke School of Medicine; Duke Cancer Institute and Duke Clinical Translational Science Institute.
  • Andrew Pinto, MD, CCFP, FRCPC, MSc, founder and director of The Upstream Lab; scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital; and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

Health Equity Research Funding Panel

  • Rick Glazier, MD; CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research
  • Nancy Mason MacLellan; CIHR Major Initiatives
  • George A. Mensah, MD FACC, FAHA; NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
  • Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD; NIH Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Get registered today at NAPCRG.org/conferences/pbrn/registration/

Funding for this conference is made possible [in part] by grant 1R13HS027067-02 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government

West Virginia Cancer Survivorship Needs Assessment Project

West Virginia University researchers are conducting two surveys to learn more about the needs of cancer survivors and the healthcare professionals that treat them in our communities across the state. Cancer survivors and their caregivers face significant needs during and after treatment that are often not met with adequate resources and services. Further, primary care healthcare professionals may not have the resources they need to adequately meet the needs of their patients during and after cancer treatment. This work will help us learn about the needs of individuals with cancer and develop services and resources that can better support them.

To access the surveys and for more information about this research, please click here: https://www.wvctsi.org/programs/funding/funded-projects/cancer-survey/