WVPP Career Opportunity – Project Manager, Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use Disorder

Project Manager, Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use Disorder Position Title: Project Manager, Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use Disorder Job Type: Full-time position Salary: $65,000 plus fringe Location: Remote, frequent travel throughout the state. Minimal travel out of state. General Job Summary The IPV-SUD PPW Project Coordinator is a three-year grant-funded position, requiring knowledge of West Virginia service providers. ... Read More

WVPP Career Opportunity – Project Assistant, Substance Use During Pregnancy

Project Assistant, Substance Use During Pregnancy Position Title: Project Assistant, Substance Use During Pregnancy Job Type: Full time, contractor Salary: $35,000 - $40,000 Location: Remote; travel to Charleston and throughout the state. General Job Summary: The West Virginia Perinatal Partnership is looking for a proactive project assistant to work collaboratively with our Substance Use During Pregnancy team on specific short- ... Read More

WVPP Career Opportunity – Director of Perinatal Quality Improvement

Director of Perinatal Quality Improvement Position Title: Director of Perinatal Quality Improvement Job Type: Full time, plus fringe Salary: $80,000 - $85,000 Location: Remote; travel to Charleston and throughout the state. General Job Summary The Quality Improvement Director is responsible for the development, implementation and capacity building of Quality Improvement programs for the WV Perinatal Partnership (Partnership). The QI Director ... Read More

WV Medicaid Services Memorandum on Telehealth COVID-19 and News Link

View Original Memorandum : Telehealth COVID Precautions Message from Cynthia Beane, MSW, LCSW, Commissioner: "Due to the World Health Organization declaring Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic, the West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services (BMS) is allowing all telehealth services listed in the BMS policy manual, and the temporary telehealth services approved during the COVID-19 pandemic, referenced in BMS release memos, ... Read More

FAQs for Opioid Use Disorder Prescribing and Dispensing in the COVID-19 Emergency

The WV Bureau for Behavior Health  would like to share the following  information from SAMHSA on OUD Prescribing and Dispensing during the COVID-19  emergency: 5600 Fishers Lane • Rockville, MD 20857 www.samhsa.gov • 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727) FAQs for Opioid Use Disorder Prescribing and Dispensing in the COVID-19 Emergency In response to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, SAMHSA is providing answers ... Read More

How to Care for Pregnant Patients During the Opioid Crisis

View original PEW news article here As the opioid epidemic has unfolded in the United States, many newborns have had to grapple with the health effects of their mothers’ substance misuse. Federal statistics show that between 2004 and 2014, for example, the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) among babies born to women receiving Medicaid increased more than 400 percent. ... Read More

West Virginia study published in Pediatric Research on prenatal alcohol exposure in late pregnancy

Local researchers published a study in Pediatric Research estimating the most recent prenatal alcohol exposure prevalence data for the state of West Virginia (WV) and associated factors. Researchers tested  newborn residual dried blood spots and used data from the states PROJECT Watch program to find that the prevalence of prenatal alcohol exposure for all births in WV was 8.10%. This ... Read More

Perinatal health experts encourage less smoking, more breastfeeding for southern West Virginia

By Wendy Holdren, The Register-Herald See the Original Article Photo by: Rick Barbero Smoking and breast feeding are two major areas for perinatal health improvement in southern West Virginia. As part of Wednesday's conference "Focus on Perinatal Health — Strengthening Regional Partnerships to Improve Outcomes," Candice Hamilton, assistant director of Project WATCH, reviewed a number of statistics for Region 1, which includes Mercer, ... Read More

West Virginia Bucks Rising United States Maternal Mortality Trend

By Kara Leigh Lofton, West Virginia Public Broadcasting See the Original Article The United States has some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world -- and unlike most other first-world countries, our rates are going in the wrong direction. American women are three times more likely to die during or after birth than women in Great Britain ... Read More

Maternal Smoking Before and During Pregnancy and the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

  See original CNN article: https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/11/health/smoking-infant-sudden-death-risk-study/index.html See journal article: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2019/03/07/peds.2018-3325 Researchers from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute in Washington analyzed data on smoking during pregnancy from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s birth/infant death data set between 2007-2011. They recently published their findings in the scientific journal, Pediatrics. They found that the risk of death rises by .07 … Read More