Greenbrier County, West Virginia

Greenbier County, WV Greenbier County Health Alliance Population: 35,279
Project focus: Access to foods that support healthy eating patterns
Access to health services

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Greenbrier County Health Alliance, with The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine — Center for Rural and Community Health, Robert C. Byrd Clinic, Rainelle Medical Center, Greenbrier County Commission, Meadow River Valley Early Childhood Learning Center, WVU Greenbrier County Extension Service, West Virginia University Office of Health Services Research and Fruits of Labor, Inc., will distribute mini-grants and support community members to develop resident-led actions that address community needs related to accessing food and health services.

The team plans to support the growth of a sustainable community hub that will address the county’s needs and foster a new, strong, and lasting connection between local agricultural institutions and residents and strengthen clinic-community connections. The community hub will provide early childhood development services, community meeting spaces, and a food distribution site. They will also serve community meals and improve local access to food that supports health. A community-specific survey will lead the team to better understand experiences, challenges, and solutions around accessing foods and health care services. This survey will complement the mini-grant strategy by engaging residents in the development of solutions that address the needs expressed in the survey and increase leadership capacity in communities. They will also help with the development of the Meadow River Valley Community Center to develop a central kitchen pilot program. Finally, they aim to connect local residents to local healthcare providers and training programs to enhance access to quality care. The project's emphasis on the concepts of civic engagement and grassroots leadership has made us thrilled to see what is to come in Greenbrier County!

Goals:

  • Increase capacity to facilitate systems, environment, and policy change to advance health equity in Greenbrier County utilizing a social determinant of health and common agenda framework
  • Develop Meadow River Valley Community Center Campus in Rupert as hub to advance health equity in the region
  • Develop West Virginia Health Connection “clinic/community linkage” system locally to connect local healthcare organizations, providers, and patients with evidence-based health promotion workshop opportunities in the community
  • Grow CDSM and CDSMP programs throughout the region to support residents’ ability to manage chronic health conditions

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