The West Virginia Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease mission is to “advocate for chronic disease management and prevention.” Using lessons learned from the State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health 1305 grant, the Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease along with an expanded group of partners, will target Medicaid members in select geographic locations as well as Government Employees across the State. New partnerships with the Bureau for Medical Services were developed in the final year of 1305 and will continue through this application. Efforts to link clinics with the Diabetes Prevention Programs will be expanded across the State. Collaboration with the WV Public Employees Insurance Agency will provide opportunity to engage government employees as well as the general public in targeted interventions. A renewed alignment of efforts with the Division of Primary Care and the Office Rural Health will provide a platform for interventions with the Critical Access Hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Free Clinics and Primary Care Centers.
Under this new project, WV will enhance existing partnerships and expand the synergy team approach by engaging current and new partners in monthly meetings to ensure activities are implemented from both categories (Diabetes and Heart Disease) in the same communities as much as possible. West Virginia University Office of Health Services Research will continue to work directly with health systems to provide technical assistance with electronic health record data and to promote and train providers in the use of WV Health Connection to increase referrals and develop multi-directional sharing of information for prediabetes programs (NDPP), diabetes management (DSME) and hypertension self-management programs. WV will expand the engagement of non-physician team members by continuing to increase the Pharmacy Collaborative Practice programs and enhance Medication Therapy Management interventions through West Virginia University School of Pharmacy-Wigner Institute. Building upon the Health Department Hypertension and Prediabetes Awareness project, WV will expand the role of local Health Departments to create referral and increase linkage with clinics to address prediabetes, diabetes management, hypertension management and increase public awareness.
The goals and strategies of the state’s chronic disease plan are closely aligned with the objectives of CDC Notice of Funding Opportunity DP18-1815, creating a solid, unified blueprint for meeting the challenges of diabetes, prediabetes, heart disease and all chronic disease head-on.