cultural competency, hospitals, medical education, public health, research, residency rotation opportunities, rural health issues, Uncategorized

If You Like to Write…

Request for Proposals – The Graduate Medical Education Consortium of Southwest Virginia has proposed a collection of essays to McFarland Press. Titled Healing Ourselves, with a tentative subtitle along the lines of Physicians Respond to the Opioid Crisis in Appalachia or Healthcare Providers tell their stories of Appalachia’s Opioid Epidemic. We are looking for a… Continue reading If You Like to Write…

public health, Uncategorized

WIC Works

At Head for the Hills 2015, Jessica Arney MS, RD, LD provided an overview of the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program. Her WIC Works presentation included: the immediate benefits of nutrition education, counseling, supplemental foods and breastfeeding support. long term positive health outcomes associated with participation in the program the differences between WIC and SNAP There were… Continue reading WIC Works

medical education, public health, rural health issues, Uncategorized


Virginia has been severely impacted by opioid abuse, particularly the abuse of prescription drugs. In 2013, 386 individuals died from the abuse of FHMO, an increase of 1,578%, with fentanyl being the primary substance fueling this increase.  In 2013, drug-related deaths happened at a higher per capita level (11.0 deaths per 100,000) than motor vehicle… Continue reading REVIVE!

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Finding Research Data Sources

The Rural Resident Research Symposium held at UVA-Wise in April included a presentation on "Finding Research Data Sources for Populations in Rural Virginia." by Susan Meacham. The presentation strove to answer the question; Where do I find data on rural populations to answer hypothesis driven research questions?     It then addressed the following objectives: Identify primary… Continue reading Finding Research Data Sources

clinical care, cultural competency, hospitals, public health, residency rotation opportunities, rural health issues


According to one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese.  Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Complications of childhood obesity are: Type 2 diabetes Liver Disease Asthma High Cholesterol High… Continue reading SEPTEMBER NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH

clinical care, cultural competency, hospitals, public health, residency rotation opportunities, rural health issues


Vaccines give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from over a dozen serious diseases before the age of 2.  Diseases such as flu, measles and whooping cough (pertussis) can be life threatening to newborns and young babies.  Women should receive the Tdap (tetanus, diptheria, pertussis) vaccine with each pregnancy between the 27-36… Continue reading AUGUST NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH