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CARRS Program

Community and Rural Rotations Support Program

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A Student Stipend program of the WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health

Listed below are the projects available by county for students applying for the CARRS stipend. On the CARRS application, students will be asked to choose one project in the county in which they have a clinical rotation already scheduled. If awarded the CARRS stipend, the student will be given additional detail about the project and contact information for the Community Mentor(s). The student will be expected to contact the community mentor PRIOR to the start of the rotation to arrange the first meeting with the mentor.

If you have any questions about the projects listed below or if you would like to become a community mentor, please contact Jacquelynn Copenhaver at jacopenhaver@hsc.wvu.edu.

 
CARRS Community Mentors and Projects

Boone County

Project Title: Health Sciences Technology Academy Health Fair

Community Mentor: Cathy Morton, Ed. D. HSTA Director

Project Description: The Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA) is a high school club for students who are interested in health professions careers. Throughout their high school years students participate in many different activities to help them decide what health career they want to pursue. During the Spring Semester 2018 the HSTA in this region of the state plans to host a community health fair. Health measurements will be collected: Biometrics, physical health, mental health, and diet as well as a show case of community opportunities and services. In the Fall of 2018 HSTA students will use this data to determine their research project topics, focusing on: How healthy is my community and How can I help improve the health of my community. HSTA students will design interventions and/or experiments to improve community health outcomes. They will collect post-intervention data at another community health fair in the Spring of 2019.

Calhoun County

Project Title: Moving Onward and Upward (MOU)

Community Mentor: Lew Holloway, Executive Director, Northern Area Rural Education Center

Project Description: MOU is a program for high school students in Calhoun County who are interested in finding out more about careers in the health field and the needed schooling and training. The participants meet weekly, work on a community project together, spend a day on campus at WVU HSC and shadow different departments and programs at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

Fayette County

Project Title: Nutrition and Weight Status Health Education
Available only for March, April and May, 2018 Rotations

Community Mentor: Angela Alston, Executive Director, Southeastern Area Health Education Center

Project Description: A student and/or inter-professional group of students on behalf of and/or in partnership with SE-AHEC will provide a Nutrition and Weight Status education presentation to several groups of students grades K-12. The presentation should address adolescent obesity, physical activity, nutrition and healthy weight status, and identify adolescents who are at risk for obesity. The presentation should also be interactive and provide information on sugary drinks, solid/saturated fat consumption and provide tools such as the portion plate in order to assist in the practice of a healthy lifestyle. The West Virginia Healthy People 20/20 focus area will be weight status and food/nutrient consumption.

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Project Title: WV Project ECHO
Choose from the following topics:

• HepC
• Chronic Pain
• Psychiatry
• MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment

Community Mentors: Jennifer Boyd, PA-C, New River Health Association; Angela Alston, Executive Director, Southeastern Area Health Education Center; Jay Mason, WV Project ECHO Manager

Project Description: Project ECHO is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education and exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. The heart of the ECHO model is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams who use multipoint video conferencing to conduct virtual clinics with community providers. In this way, primary care doctors, nurses, and other clinicians learn to provide excellent specialty care to patients in their own communities. For example, the WV Project ECHO Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Hub is made up of behavioral medicine & psychiatry, addiction, social work, infectious disease, and case management specialists. The spokes are primary care organizations and providers throughout WV looking to gain knowledge in this area. The ECHO sessions are held twice a month for one hour.

CARRS-WV ECHO Project Requirements:

1. The student must choose one ECHO project to make a case presentation with the guidance of the clinical community mentor.
2. The student must attend both sessions of the project in which they will present a case and attend one other session in a different ECHO project.
3. The student will work with the community mentor to implement a community education piece related to his/her ECHO case presentation.

Logan County

Project Title: Health Sciences Technology Academy Community Health Fair

Community Mentor: Summer Kuhn, HSTA Community Research Associate

Project Description: The Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA) is a high school club for students who are interested in health professions careers. Throughout their high school years students participate in many different activities to help them decide what health career they want to pursue. During the Spring Semester 2018 the HSTA in this region of the state plans to host a community health fair. Health measurements will be collected: Biometrics, physical health, mental health, and diet as well as a show case of community opportunities and services. In the Fall of 2018 HSTA students will use this data to determine their research project topics, focusing on: How healthy is my community and How can I help improve the health of my community. HSTA students will design interventions and/or experiments to improve community health outcomes. They will collect post-intervention data at another community health fair in the Spring of 2019.

McDowell County

Project Title: Health Sciences Technology Academy Community Health Fair

Community Mentor: Summer Kuhn, HSTA Community Research Associate

Project Description: The Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA) is a high school club for students who are interested in health professions careers. Throughout their high school years students participate in many different activities to help them decide what health career they want to pursue. During the Spring Semester 2018 the HSTA in this region of the state plans to host a community health fair. Health measurements will be collected: Biometrics, physical health, mental health, and diet as well as a show case of community opportunities and services. In the Fall of 2018 HSTA students will use this data to determine their research project topics, focusing on: How healthy is my community and How can I help improve the health of my community. HSTA students will design interventions and/or experiments to improve community health outcomes. They will collect post-intervention data at another community health fair in the Spring of 2019.

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Project Title: WV Project ECHO
Choose from the following topics:

• HepC
• Chronic Pain
• Psychiatry
• MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment

Community Mentors: Joanna Bailey, MD, Tug River Health Association; Jay Mason, WV Project ECHO Manager

Project Description: Project ECHO is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education and exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. The heart of the ECHO model is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams who use multipoint video conferencing to conduct virtual clinics with community providers. In this way, primary care doctors, nurses, and other clinicians learn to provide excellent specialty care to patients in their own communities. For example, the WV Project ECHO Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Hub is made up of behavioral medicine & psychiatry, addiction, social work, infectious disease, and case management specialists. The spokes are primary care organizations and providers throughout WV looking to gain knowledge in this area. The ECHO sessions are held twice a month for one hour.

CARRS-WV ECHO Project Requirements:

1. The student must choose one ECHO project to make a case presentation with the guidance of the clinical community mentor.
2. The student must attend both sessions of the project in which they will present a case and attend one other session in a different ECHO project.
3. The student will work with the community mentor to implement a community education piece related to his/her ECHO case presentation.

Mercer County

Project Title: Health Sciences Technology Academy Community Health Fair

Community Mentor: Summer Kuhn, HSTA Community Research Associate

Project Description: The Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA) is a high school club for students who are interested in health professions careers. Throughout their high school years students participate in many different activities to help them decide what health career they want to pursue. During the Spring Semester 2018 the HSTA in this region of the state plans to host a community health fair. Health measurements will be collected: Biometrics, physical health, mental health, and diet as well as a show case of community opportunities and services. In the Fall of 2018 HSTA students will use this data to determine their research project topics, focusing on: How healthy is my community and How can I help improve the health of my community. HSTA students will design interventions and/or experiments to improve community health outcomes. They will collect post-intervention data at another community health fair in the Spring of 2019.

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Project Title: Access to Health Services
Available only April 2018 rotations

Community Mentor: Angela Alston, Executive Director, Southeastern Area Health Education Center

Project Description: An inter-professional student team will host a health fair/clinic in partnership with the Bluefield Union Mission and the South Central Educational Development (SCED), Inc., focusing on “Access to Health Services” for individuals experiencing homelessness. The Healthy People 20/20 objectives will be to increase the proportion of persons who have a specific source of ongoing care and to reduce the proportion of persons who are unable to obtain or delay in obtaining necessary medical care, dental care and medication. The student team will provide basic health screenings such as blood pressure and blood sugar. Flu shots will be provided by Walgreens Pharmacy. HepC and HIV testing will be confidentially provided by SCED. Medication reviews will be provided by a pharmacy student(s). Information on affordable housing, employment, mental health, veteran services, substance abuse and addiction will be distributed, in addition to a free meal. The event will be held from 9am-5pm on a Saturday at the Union Mission in Bluefield, WV. Students will also arrange an area for children to play while parents and/or caregivers and family members receive screenings.

Mingo County

Project Title: Health Sciences Technology Academy Community Health Fair

Community Mentor: Summer Kuhn, HSTA Community Research Associate

Project Description: The Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA) is a high school club for students who are interested in health professions careers. Throughout their high school years students participate in many different activities to help them decide what health career they want to pursue. During the Spring Semester 2018 the HSTA in this region of the state plans to host a community health fair. Health measurements will be collected: Biometrics, physical health, mental health, and diet as well as a show case of community opportunities and services. In the Fall of 2018 HSTA students will use this data to determine their research project topics, focusing on: How healthy is my community and How can I help improve the health of my community. HSTA students will design interventions and/or experiments to improve community health outcomes. They will collect post-intervention data at another community health fair in the Spring of 2019.

Pocahontas County

Project Title: Diabetes self-management, education treatment, prevention
Available only for March, April and May, 2018 Rotations

Community Mentor: Angela Alston, Executive Director, Southeastern Area Health Education Center

Project Description: The student(s) will participate in the Pocahontas Memorial Hospital (PMH) Annual Employee Health Fair. Information will be provided to the employees on Diabetes in general, as well as the PMH "BNCharge" Diabetes Education Program and the PMH Diabetes Support Group. Previous students have developed a Health Contract that employees can sign, agreeing to join the PMH Living Well Program, which upon agreement, would enter employees into a drawing for a "FitBit" which was sponsored by the Southeastern AHEC. Students with the appropriate training have provided blood pressure readings and blood drawings under the supervision of an instructor. The student will follow the WV Healthy People 20/20D diabetes objectives D5, D6 and D16.

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Project Title: WV Project ECHO
Choose from the following topics:

• HepC
• Chronic Pain
• Psychiatry
• MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment

Community Mentors: Greg Peters, MD, Community Care of West Virginia; Angela Alston, Executive Director, Southeastern Area Health Education Center; Jay Mason, WV Project ECHO Manager

Project Description: Project ECHO is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education and exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. The heart of the ECHO model is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams who use multipoint video conferencing to conduct virtual clinics with community providers. In this way, primary care doctors, nurses, and other clinicians learn to provide excellent specialty care to patients in their own communities. For example, the WV Project ECHO Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Hub is made up of behavioral medicine & psychiatry, addiction, social work, infectious disease, and case management specialists. The spokes are primary care organizations and providers throughout WV looking to gain knowledge in this area. The ECHO sessions are held twice a month for one hour.

CARRS-WV ECHO Project Requirements:

1. The student must choose one ECHO project to make a case presentation with the guidance of the clinical community mentor.
2. The student must attend both sessions of the project in which they will present a case and attend one other session in a different ECHO project.
3. The student will work with the community mentor to implement a community education piece related to his/her ECHO case presentation.

Webster County

Project Title: Health Sciences Technology Academy Community Health Fair

Community Mentor: Cathy Morton, Ed.D. HSTA Assistant Director

Project Description: The Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA) is a high school club for students who are interested in health professions careers. Throughout their high school years students participate in many different activities to help them decide what health career they want to pursue. During the Spring Semester 2018 the HSTA in this region of the state plans to host a community health fair. Health measurements will be collected: Biometrics, physical health, mental health, and diet as well as a show case of community opportunities and services. In the Fall of 2018 HSTA students will use this data to determine their research project topics, focusing on: How healthy is my community and How can I help improve the health of my community. HSTA students will design interventions and/or experiments to improve community health outcomes. They will collect post-intervention data at another community health fair in the Spring of 2019.