WV School of Osteopathic Medicine Center for Rural and Community Health

Contact Information

400 Lee St N
Lewisburg, WV 24901 - 1274
(304) 647-6380
FY 2017 AmeriCorps State and Territory Commission

Executive Summary

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) Center for Rural and Community Health (CRCH) proposes to have 30 AmeriCorps members (10FT/20PT) who will serve as Healthy Community Developers providing lifestyle coaching through Chronic Disease Self-Management, Harm Reduction and National Diabetes Prevention Programs in 20 different site locations throughout West Virginia. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for creating positive health lifestyle change to individuals participating in programs. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 20 volunteers who will be engaged in co-leading and supporting members in delivery of health programs.

This program will focus on the CNCS focus area of Healthy Futures. The CNCS investment of $464,640 will be matched with $80,197 from WVSOM for a total program cost of $544,837.

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