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Community Engagement & Outreach

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The WVCTSI has unique and nationally-recognized community-university partnerships for health that reach deep into West Virginia's communities. Yet, West Virginia has the highest percentage of citizens with chronic diseases and chronic disease risk factors in the US. The Institute’s Community Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Program eliminates the "disconnect" between our state's health disparities and the assets available to address those disparities. It serves as “the go to place” for conducting, and rapidly translating community-relevant research to improve the health and well-being of WV and beyond. The Program underscores the significance of interactions among community members, healthcare providers, and researchers, and provides a single organizational structure for all constituents to access for guidance, support, and technical assistance for community engaged research.

The CEO vision is simple - research outcomes that improve real-life conditions. 


Community and Practice Based Research Project Support -- CEO guides and sustains partnerships among clinicians, researchers, and community members in order to jointly identify and address community health needs. CEO works with a wide variety of partners including state, local and community groups. CEO also provides services and resources to improve practices and outcomes, access to care, self-management programs, partnerships between communities and researchers, and the overall health and well-being of West Virginians. 

West Virginia Practice Based Research Network Development – Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) are groups of primary care clinicians and practices partnered with research entities (such as West Virginia University, the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, and Charleston Area Medical Center) who work together to answer community-based healthcare questions and translate research findings into meaningful everyday practice. The effort is being lead by the Community Engagement Core of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI), whose goal is to foster the growth of research from the laboratory to clinical practice in West Virginia. 

West Virginia Project ECHOProject ECHO utilizes a hub and spoke knowledge sharing network that connects rural healthcare providers seeking advice on cases with experts in a specific disease state at West Virginia University. Sessions are held twice a month via videoconference and provide rural healthcare providers an opportunity to present cases and participate in didactics covering a variety of topics.
Educational Resource Development – CEO is in the process of developing a series of educational materials related to community engagement and translational research.  New resources, including videos, handouts, articles, guides and more, will continually be added to this site.  Check back often for new materials.

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Geri Dino, Ph.D. - Core Director, Community Engagement & Outreach

Stephenie Kennedy, Ed.D. - Co-Chair, Community Engagement & Outreach

Core Contacts:

Jay Mason - Collaborative Innovations Manager

Phone: 304-293-9786



Stacey Whanger, MPH - Practice Based Research Manager

Phone: 304-581-1821



Jennifer Lukas - WVPBRN Coordinator

Phone: 304-293-9198



Tracy Sun - WVPBRN Coordinator

Phone: 304-581-1793



Kayetlyn Edinger, MPA - Project ECHO Coordinator

Phone: 304-293-6042



Mithra Mohtasham, MPA - Project ECHO Coordinator

Phone: 304-581-1808