Eric Ruf Named WV Primary Care Association President

BARBOUR COUNTY, WV (May 5, 2021) — Eric Ruf, CEO of Barbour Community Health Association has been appointed as President of the West Virginia Primary Care Association, a private, non-profit membership association that represents safety-net health care providers. He is succeeding John Schultz, CEO of New River Health Association.

When asked about his new role, Ruf said, “I’m very honored to be serving in this role for the next 2 years. Community health centers serve 1 in 4 West Virginians across the state and provide a full range of health services to all ages from all walks of life. Working closely with my peers, we wish to continue growing and spreading the message that everyone deserves quality health care in our home communities so that our friends and families can live long productive lives.”

Prior to his current employment at Barbour Community Health Association, Ruf worked at Alderson-Broaddus College, where he served as director of admissions and director of alumni relations for fourteen years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Alderson-Broaddus College and a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership studies from West Virginia University.

Professionally, he is a member of the following organizations: National Assembly on School-Based Health, National Association of Community Health Centers, Barbour Healthy Communities Collaborative, North Central WV Community Health Collaborative, and serves on the board of directors of the West Virginia Primary Care Association.

Locally, Ruf is involved in many community organizations. He is a member of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and serves as secretary/treasurer of the Mountain Living Community Board and recently joined the Board of Directors for the Tygart Valley United Way. He is an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church, where he serves as choir director and the Philip Barbour High School band boosters. He is a member of the Belington Masonic Lodge AF & AM #125, Philippi Chapter # 41 Order of the Eastern Star, and the Sons of the American Revolution.

In his spare time, Ruf enjoys singing and performing locally with his family. He and his wife, Jana, reside in Belington and have one daughter, Anna, who attends Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WVa.

 

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About the Barbour Community Health Association

Belington and Myers Clinics are federally qualified health centers that provide medical and behavioral health care and wellness programs to patients with insurance, Medicare and/or Medicaid and for those without health insurance through the clinic’s Health Access program.

The organization also operates Belington Wellness Center, Brandon Wellness Center, Philippi Wellness Center and AB Wellness Center. Belington Wellness Center is located adjacent to Belington Medical Clinic and offers a wide variety of exercise equipment, exercise programs and a swimming pool. Brandon Wellness Center is a school-based health center that offers a variety of nursing, preventive and acute care medical and behavioral health services to the students and staff at Philip Barbour High School. Brandon School-based Health Services are offered to all Barbour County School students and families. AB Wellness Center offers acute and chronic medical services to all currently enrolled Alderson Broaddus University students and staff. The Philippi Wellness Center is located in the back of Barbour Chiropractic Center at 206 N. Main Street and has services designed to improve physical condition and health through exercise equipment and periodic workshops and seminars.

2021 Request For Proposals

 

Submission Due:  May 28, 2021

Send to:                     Kim McManaway

Email:                         kim@wvrha.org

Questions:                 304-735-7491

 

The theme of this year’s conference is Reimagining Rural Health in WV: Responding to Unprecedented Challenges

WHEN: OCT. 20-22

WHERE:  WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV

CONFERENCE TRACKS:

  1. Leadership/Policy
  2. Clinical
  3. Future of Health Care/Innovation
  4. Diversity & Inclusion (new this year)

The deadline for presentation submissions is close of business, May 28th.

NOTE: This conference will be a hybrid format.  You will be expected to present live in person.  Live presentations will be recorded and broadcast to a virtual audience via the conference platform. The recordings will also be accessible through the WVRHA webpage. If you present in person, WVRHA will provide one night’s lodging.

SUBMIT A PRESENTATION PROPOSAL

 

Benefits of Becoming a Student Member

All WVRHA Student Members will receive the following benefits:

  • Receive regular newsletters with information about WVRHA’s activities, useful websites, legislative updates, grants and scholarship announcements.
  • Automatically become an Associate Member of the National Rural Health Association.
  • Attend educational webinars, conferences, forums, and workshops regarding rural health issues.
  • Access links to state and national resources.
  • Network with professionals in the health care workforce, establishing contacts that may be useful in future job searches, mentorships, and collaborations.
  • Apply for a full scholarship to attend the annual WV Rural Health Conference.
  • Participation in WVRHA’s Annual Rural Workforce Day at the Legislature.
  • Access to the WV Rural Health Portal., which may be helpful for research, grant applications, and school assignments
  • Develop a student chapter at their campus if not already established.
  • Participate in any student chapter event.
  • Run for a WVRHA Board of Directors Position, or serve on subcommittees to develop leadership skills
  • Student members have one vote in the annual election of WVRHA Board members.
  • Become an intern for WVRHA if accepted.

Students will have a chance to:

  • View how WVRHA works to change rural health policy at the state and national legislative levels to improve the health of rural West Virginians.
  • Learn how WVRHA collaborates with a variety of partners to assist rural communities in improving their health and well-being.

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Organizational Membership benefits:

  • Receive regular newsletters with information about WVRHA’s activities as well as grant announcements, legislative updates, useful websites and resources.
  • Automatically become an Associate Member of the National Rural Health Association.
  • Attend educational webinars, conferences, forums, and workshops regarding rural health issues.
  • An opportunity for input into the annual rural health conference, and access to our discussions around diversity and inclusion in rural health care.
  • Access links to state and national resources.
  • Participation if desired in advocacy around rural health issues at the state and national level
  • Receive emails about state and national rural health care issues, webinars, conferences and trainings.
  • Opportunities for networking with rural health colleagues
  • WVRHA can disseminate information about your nonprofit organizations or about upcoming activities or events to our list-serve upon request.
  • Participation in WVRHA Annual Rural Workforce Day at the Legislature.
  • Free CEU’s from specific webinars and trainings.
  • All WVRHA members in good standing are eligible to run for a Board of Director position, and may participate in various working subcommittees.
  • All WVRHA members may access the WV Health Data Portal.
  • All WVRHA members may request a letter of support for their grant and project applications.
  • Discounted registration fees.

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Biden Administration Announces $2.25 Billion Initiative to Take on Covid-19 Health Equity Issues

The Biden administration announced Wednesday a new $2.25 billion initiative to address health equity issues related to Covid-19.

The grant, funded through the US Department of Health and Human Services, will expand health services to help reduce Covid-19-related health disparities.

The money will fund programs to improve and increase access to testing and contact tracing among vulnerable populations, including communities of color and among people who live in rural communities. These communities have been underserved and are at higher risk for more severe Covid-19 disease.

Money will also be used to improve infection control and will help fund partner programs that can advance health equity and better address the social determinants of health that make Covid-19 a much bigger challenge for these communities.

“Everyone in America should have equal opportunity to be as healthy as possible,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement. “This investment will be monumental in anchoring equity at the center of our nation’s COVID-19 response—and is a key step forward in bringing resources and focus to health inequities that have for far too long persisted in our country.”

The grant funding will be provided over two years.