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The Mountaineer Health Initiative at WVU is committed to improving health outcomes in disparate and under served Appalachian populations. By fostering multidisciplinary collaboration among researchers and practitioners across West Virginia, the working group supports the mission of our members to achieve health equity in the Appalachian region.  

The topic of health disparities has been identified as a priority research area of focus at West Virginia University. Click here for more information regarding health disparities research at WVU.


Meeting of the Minds: Foster Care Crisis in WV. Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 4-6 pm at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center, Salons A&B. Free on-site childcare available.

The Mountaineer Health Initiative, the WVCTSI, and the WVU Council of Women’s Concerns are hosting a panel discussion on foster care in West Virginia. Jenifer Gamble, Ph.D., field education director and clinical assistant professor with the WVU School of Social Work, will moderate a multidisciplinary panel of experts. Panelists include:

  • Chris Plein, PhD, Professor of Public Administration and Eberly Professor of Outstanding Public Service, WVU Department of Public Administration
  • Corey Colyer, PhD, Associate Professor, WVU Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Karen Harper-Dorton, PhD, Professor, WVU School of Social Work; Principal Investigator, Title IV-E Child Welfare Project 
  • De’Andra Burton, Esq, Attorney 
  • Samantha Burwell, Foster Parent

Foster agencies from around the state will be present to answer questions about the fostering process. Free, on-site child care will be available. Light refreshments provided. 

For more information about this event please contact Abby Starkey at abby.starkey@hsc.wvu.edu or 304-581-1633.

This event will be held in Salon A&B of WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 7. RSVP here.