WVRHA Individual Members Benefits

All WVRHA Individual Members will receive the following benefits:

  •  Receive regular e-newsletters with information about WVRHA’s activities as well as grant announcements, legislative updates, useful websites, etc.
  • 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.
  • Receive emails about state and national rural health care issues, webinars, conferences, and training.
  • WVRHA will pass information about your nonprofit organizations to our listserve.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Members 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.

STAT: Manchin’s office is highly engaged on the issue of rural health care.

By: Rachel Cohrs Washington Correspondent

Manchin’s office is highly engaged on the issue of rural health care. West Virginia Rural Health Association Executive Director Richard Sutphin said Manchin’s staff overseeing health care proved during a February meeting organized by the National Rural Health Association that they were well-versed in the financial pressures facing rural providers.

“It’s a good feeling that the boots on the ground in Washington know the problems we are dealing with,” Sutphin said.

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Urge Senators Manchin and Capito to Advocate for a COVID Relief Package that Prioritizes Families

Take Action to Urge Senators Manchin and Capito to Advocate for an Adequate COVID-19 Relief Package

Dear friends,

On September 10th a new Republican-proposed COVID relief package is expected to be introduced and voted on by the U.S. Senate. The provisions included in the legislation are far too meager to meet the immediate and ongoing needs of West Virginia families, many of whom are facing spiking food, housing, and job insecurity as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to rise.

The proposal of this “skinny” COVID package — so-called because it fails to address many critical needs across the country, including those of state and local governments, struggling families, and small businesses — is deeply disappointing. As families continue to go hungry and worry about keeping a roof overhead, this package seeks to cut boosted unemployment insurance benefits from the CARES Act by 50 percent, and includes no provisions to address rising food and housing insecurity.

We ask that our U.S Senators reject this insufficient proposal and instead pass a strong COVID relief package that adequately addresses the critical needs confronting families in West Virginia and across our country.

Please take action by sending a letter urging Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin to pass a robust COVID relief package that:

  • Provides additional, temporary federal funding for Medicaid programs and direct grants to states, territories, and tribes to protect core public services such as education, infrastructure, and first-responders, in addition to aid for local governments;
  • Temporarily increases SNAP benefits and housing assistance so people can get enough to eat and keep a roof over their heads;
  • Creates an emergency fund for states to help people who are falling through the cracks and to create subsidized jobs programs when workers can participate safely;
  • Temporarily makes the Child Tax Credit available to the lowest-income children and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-paid workers not raising kids in their homes; and
  • Continues expanded unemployment benefits.

Each day that Congress fails to pass a relief package, our communities continue to suffer. But our members of Congress must act with urgency not only to pass the next package, but to ensure that the package is robust enough to meet the immense needs of our state and our people.

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)’s 2020 Community Star: Debrin L. Jenkins

Our very own WVRHA Executive Director, Debrin L. Jenkins, has been selected as the 2020 Community Star for the state of West Virginia by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)!

Community Stars compose a group of outstanding and dynamic individuals and organizations dedicated to rural health across the United States. As one of the most popular features of National Rural Health Day, each Community Star awardee represents the positive faces and initiatives that are working to address grassroots social determinants of health and improve the lives of those who call rural America their home.

please join us in congratulating Debrin!

WVVA News: Mercer County Commissioner Received Award from NRHA

By Jade Burks/WVVA News

MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) — A Mercer County Commissioner has received national recognition.

The National Rural Health Association awarded Greg Puckett the ‘Louis Gorin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Care.’  The award is presented annually in memory of Louis Gorin, a federal employee who for 25 years helped lead the design and authorization of health initiatives for rural America.

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