Bridges to healthy Transitions

Bridges to Healthy Transitions:
Serving the Eastern Panhandle and State of West Virginia
WVU School of Nursing, Eastern Division


Bridges to Healthy Transitions is a community-based research initiative housed within the WVU School of Nursing, Eastern Division.

Projects focus on structures, processes and transitions that impact the care and quality of life of underserved and medically complex populations. The research engages both the community and multiple health disciplines, including nursing, public health, medicine and social work. The work involves comprehensive assessment and planning to promote health and reduce health disparities. 


Bridges to Healthy Transitions Study:

This three-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) examines the influence of rural culture on formal and informal systems of care for persons with complex health and social needs and their families.

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Building Bridges to Integrated Palliative Care: A Lay/Interprofessional Educational Collaborative:

Two-year participatory research project that aims to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of care for persons with chronic and advanced illness and their caregivers.

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Elder Transitions in Chronic and Advanced Illness:

The purpose of this initiative is to identify opportunities for and barriers to reducing the burdens associated with chronic and advanced illness among West Virginian elders and their caregivers.

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Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP):

To access the MAPP report, register here.

This is a planning and capacity building project funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum. It is intended to generate short and long-term strategies to improve the health of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan County residents.

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Social Network Analysis of Providers of Substance Abuse, Behavioral Health, and Interpersonal Violence Services.

This research project was designed with the intention of gaining a better understanding of the social organization of behavioral health, substance abuse, and interpersonal violence services in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and surrounding states that provide services to its citizens.

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Additional projects are under development.


Dr. Joy Buck, PhD, MSN
Principal Investigator

Juan Carlos Rosa, MA
Grants Specialist  

Megan Allen, MA
Coordinator of Community Research Initiatives
(304) 596-6382

Rachel Carballo, BA, MPH(c)
Community and Social Services Specialist