League of Women Voters Forum on The State of the Eastern Panhandle's Health

Mark your calendars for a League of Women Voters Forum on our community health, February 27 at 7 PM at Hospice Of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville

Health care is in transition.  Funding streams, especially those oriented to poorer or more rural areas, are declining and threaten to shrink even more. And our state legislators (and others) seem to think the Panhandle is wealthy, with Jefferson County in particular not needing much help.

We can look around and see that all is not well in our neighborhood, but where do we stand?  Do our needs differ from the rest of the Panhandle? What are Jefferson’s strengths, and how do we build on them? What are our particular problems and how do we join Panhandle-wide efforts?  Led by Joy Buck, PhD, we will learn about data mapping exercises and Community Health Needs Assessments that are now providing up-to-date trend statistics for the Eastern Panhandle.  At the February 27 meeting, Dr. Buck will review findings from the latest Community Health Needs Assessment to provide a snapshot of community perspectives of quality of life, critical health and safety issues, and health and social service system capacity.

The presentation is general but respects not only the League’s longstanding interest in addressing the opioid epidemic, but also our plan to show the film,  “Paper Tigers”.

Dr. Joy Buck is a tenured Professor in the West Virginia University School of Nursing and Director of Scholarship and Research Development for the Eastern Division. Dr. Buck also holds faculty appointments in the Department of Family Medicine and the School of Public Health.  She is on the Board of Directors of Health Care Advocates for Recovery, a new 501 (c) 3 dedicated to building a “recovery ready community” through education and collaboration.  She is the Principal Investigator of the “Bridges Project.”  Supported by HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) funding, her participatory research project aims to reduce overdose by bridging public health and safety to develop a coordinated, evidence-based response to the opioid crisis in the Eastern Panhandle.

Joy is a treasure to our community and a great speaker. Please do join us for this very important and enlightening discussion.

for more information about this program, contact Judy Jones at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The League of Women Voters works to encourage informed and active participation in the democratic process through voter registration, education and the promotion of fair, active and open government. The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, WV neither supports nor opposes candidates but is engaged in local, state, and national issues of importance to our community. We encourage you to explore our website, attend our forums, and become a member.  lwv-jcwv.org