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In August, the West Virginia School-Based Health Assembly (WVSBHA) and the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) announced a merger scheduled for December 1. The WVPCA and WVSBHA have worked collaboratively for many years to ensure that West Virginia’s children have access to health care and are now combined under the WVPCA in an effort to unify the voice of school-based health services and sustain the work that both organizations have been committed to for many years. The WVPCA will continue to strengthen training and technical assistance to all organizations that offer school-based health services while also continuing to advocate on behalf of the children in our state.
The WVSBHA has been paramount in helping to grow and mature the provision of school-based health services for more than two decades throughout West Virginia. The WVPCA would like to thank the Sisters of St. Joseph Health and Wellness Foundation for their dedication, passion and financial support to advance school-based health services for children. There are now 143 school-based health centers in West Virginia.
The WVPCA recently hired John Kennedy as the School-based Health Coordinator to continue the great work that has been done. With a background in behavioral health counseling for children and families, along with many years of developing school-based services, John will add depth and expertise to the merging of these two entities. In order to keep the momentum and focus, the WVPCA will host the inaugural meeting of the West Virginia School-based Health Advisory Network in early February 2017.
The WVPCA will be posting additional information about this meeting in the weeks to come. The WVSBHA and the WVPCA want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the work that each and every one of you has done to make sure that the health needs of our children are met. You are an important part of our future and want you to continue to follow us so that together, we can continue to make a difference. Thank you for your support of school-based health services and WVPCA looks forward to working with you in 2017.