1. Address: 3110 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, Suite B-102, Charleston, WV 25304 2. Project Director Name: Sandra Y. Pope, MSW 3. Contact Phone Numbers: (Voice) 304-347-1216, (Fax) 304-347-1265 4. Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org 5. Website Address: https://www.hsc.wvu.edu/ahec/ 6. Grant funds requested: $740,000 7. Name of School: West Virginia University (WVU) 8. Department: School of Medicine 9. State: West Virginia (WV) 10. Program Phase: WVU is a non-profit, public institution. The WV AHEC Program is in the POSME phase. WV has five existing AHEC Centers, all of which operate under local governing or advisory boards. 11. Geographic Area/Targeted Populations: WV AHEC covers 50 of WV’s 55 counties; 47 of these 50 counties are entirely rural or underserved, providing many training opportunities for residents and students from multiple disciplines with these populations. 12. Goals and Milestones a) Increase the number of health professionals prepared to deliver interdisciplinary, quality health care by recruiting 75 participants (health professions students, residents, and Community Health Workers) each year for the WV AHEC Rural Community Health Scholars Program, a two-year innovative curriculum and educational experience. b) Increase health workforce supply in rural and underserved areas by providing students and residents in 10+ disciplines with support for ~850 community-based field placements each year, 60-70% of which will be in rural and/or underserved settings. c) Increase distribution and diversity of the health care workforce through education about healthcare careers and/or math and science enhancement to ~600-800 high school students per year with an emphasis on minority and rural/underserved students. d) Strengthen existing health workforce in rural and underserved areas and support retention of this workforce through offering ~15 continuing education events (CE) each year. At least 60-70% of participants will be from rural or underserve
d worksites. 13. Overview of Program Plan: WV AHEC plans to continue offering community-based rotations for students/residents in 10+ disciplines, with the majority of rotations being in rural and underserved areas; health career clubs, health career presentations, and shadowing opportunities for high school students; and continuing education opportunities for health professionals throughout the state. Additionally, WV AHEC plans to continue recruiting 75 new students for the RCH Scholars Program each year. Key collaborators include the WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health, health professions schools, community-based providers, high schools, WVPCA and FQHCs, WV SORH, WV Higher Education Policy Commission, WV Health Sciences and Technology Academy and the WV Geriatric Society. The proposed plan will meet the needs of WV by offering clinical experiences in rural and underserved areas that will increase the number of providers in these areas. Diversity and distribution will be improved through innovative academic and health career programs for minority and rural high school students. Additionally, increasing knowledge in the eight AHEC core topic areas will give students the skills to address common WV problems such as substance abuse, co-morbidities, and poverty by improving service coordination, communication skills, and understanding of the cultural and social determinants of health. 14. Project Evaluation Plan: WV AHEC has a robust, web-based database, TRACKER, for housing all evaluation data. WV AHEC staff have password-protected access to TRACKER pages that house data they need and/or collect and well-defined evaluation duties. TRACKER fields exist for all required data for HRSA reports. TRACKER evaluation fields include all pre- and post- community-based rotation student questionnaires, future practice intents for health profession and pipeline students, career tracking fields for pipeline students, and CE program evaluation.