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Rural Health Interest Group

  • A student organized interdisciplinary group that meets from 12:00-1:00pm on the WVU Health Sciences Center campus once a month while class is in session-lunch is provided
  • Open to all students interested in rural health
  • A platform to learn about and discuss rural health issues, rural practice, and recruitment
  • Speakers are faculty, staff and rural health providers

All Disciplines and Health Professions Welcome!


2016- 2017 Meeting Schedule

September 22, 2016: HSC-N Room 1909

 Addiction in Rural West Virginia

C. Rolly Sullivan, MD

Professor and Vice Chair, Dept. of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, WVU School of Medicine

Director of the Addictions Program


October 10, 2016: HSC Room 1107

Rural Health Practitioner Panel

Susan Pinto, APRN, FNP-BC, Assistant Clinical Professor WVU School of Nursing

Richard Meckstroth, DDS, Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Dental Practice and Rural Health, WVU School of Dentistry

Aaron Norris, PharmD, Head Pharmacist, Mace's Pharmacy, Philippi WV

Dilip N. Chandran, MD, Medical Director, Chestnut Ridge Day Hospital, Telepsychiatry, Assistant Professor WVU School of Medicine Dept. of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry


October 31, 2016: HSC Room 1107

Financial Incentives for Practicing in Rural WV

April L. Vestal, MPH, Director, WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health

Brianna Sheppard-Willis, PhD, MA, Program Coordinator, WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health

Treah Haggerty, MD, Assistant Professor, WVU School of Medicine, Family Medicine & Program Director, WVU Family Medicine Rural Scholars Program


December 16 & 17, 2016: Westover VFW

North Central WV Toys for Tots Campaign serving the children of Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor counties

Toy Sorting event is on Dec 16th and 17th from 9am – 5pm on both days. 


January 23, 2017: HSC-N 1909 Morgantown

Broadcast to WVU-Charleston Room 2024

Intersection Between the Justice and Health Care Systems: Perspectives from Boone County

Judge William S. Thompson, 25th Judicial Circuit Court

Keith Randolph, JD, Prosecuting Attorney, Boone County


February 2017: HSC-N 1901, Fukushima Auditorium

Physical Therapy in Rural West Virginia

Ralph R. Utzman, PT, MPH, PhD

Professor and Director of Clinical Education,

Division of Physical Therapy, WVU School of Medicine


March 13, 2017: HSC-N 1901, Fukushima Auditorium

Try This West Virginia

Kate Long & Stephen Smith



April 3, 2017: HSC-N 1106

Raising Awareness About Prescription Drug Abuse

Jill Epling & Aaron Adkins

HSTA Students, Boone County


Wanna Know More?

E-mail Grace Walkup, President; Lauren Norris, Vice President, Krystal Steenwyk, Secretary/Treasurer, Alyson Leo or contact us at  icrh@hsc.wvu.edu.