2020 WV Rural Health Conference Outstanding Abstract Award

Molly Penzenik, a Master of Public Health student at West Virginia University, was the recipient of the 2020 WV Rural Health Conference Outstanding Abstract award. This new award was selected by conference poster subcommittee members, using a scoring rubric, that includes representation from Marshall University, West Liberty University, the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia University and the WV Bureau for Public Health Division of Rural Health and Recruitment. The abstract entitled “The evolution of Medicaid telehealth policy in West Virginia in response to COVID-19” and co-authored by Dr. Stephen Davis and Jonathan Herczyk, was presenting during the podium presentations at this year’s conference. Congratulations, Molly!

2020 WV Rural Health Conference Poster of the Year

Brenna Kirk, a PhD student in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, and her co-authors, were awarded the 2020 WV Rural Health Conference Poster of the Year. Conference attendees were able to view the virtual poster session then vote for their favorite during this year’s conference. Ms. Kirk’s poster, co-authored by Dr. Ranjita Misra, Dr. Deb Koester, Dr. Elizabeth Cox, Dr. Dana King, and Dr. Mike Brumage, focused on the work of the WV Diabetes Collaborative. “Comparing in-person vs. virtual meetings for engaging West Virginians in diabetes research” is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort between Marshall University and West Virginia University where patients are partners to inform and improve patient-centered diabetes health outcomes in the state. Congratulations, Brenna!


2020 WVRHA Conference Award Winners

WVRHA Outstanding Rural Health Student Award

Molly Penzenik -WVU

WVRHA  Outstanding Rural Health Provider Award

Bridgette Morrison, DO – Family Medicine PHysician Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Medical Director Greenbrier Co. Health Dept., Asst. Professor Clinical Services WVSOM


WVRHA Excellence in Rural Health Award (Individual)

Sally Hurst – Director of Outreach and Community Engagement – WVSOM


WVRHA Excellence in Rural Health (Program or Organization) Award

Coalfield Health Center, Chapmanville, WV

Coal Valley News: Scholarships still available for WV Rural Health Conference

Save the date flyer for October 14-15 Virtual rural health conference

BOONE COUNTY — Scholarships are still available for qualifying southern West Virginia counties to utilize the resources available via the 2020 West Virginia Rural Health Conference, which will be in a virtual format this year due to COVID-19 concerns in relation to large social gatherings.

“Innovations in Meeting Rural Challenges” is the theme of the Oct. 14-15 virtual conference.

WVRHA Executive Director Debrin Jenkins spoke about the conference, the format for 2020 and who may qualify for the scholarships, which covers all related fees for the virtual experience.