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Coplin Health Systems receives $200K in federal funds

ELIZABETH — More than $200,000 in funding for Coplin Health Systems was announced last week by Sens. Shelley Moore Capito-R, W.Va. and Joe Manchin,-D, W.Va.

The grant was awarded through U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and is part of a community based Rural Health Care Services Outreach program, according to a press release from Sen. Manchin’s office.

The outreach program works to meet the specific needs of the community through evidence-based approaches with a goal of improving and expanding rural healthcare.

Sen. Manchin has worked on this initiative for over a year and through his efforts, HRSA changed their qualifications for communities to be deemed “rural,” and this change includes Wirt County.

“Last year, I called on HRSA to support Wirt County Health Service Association’s proposed project, Food Access through Rural, Medical and Community System (FARMACY), which would help expand food access in Wirt County,” Manchin said. “I am pleased HRSA is investing in healthcare programs at the Wirt County Health Services Association, also known as Coplin Health Systems, and at Williamson Health & Wellness Center in Mingo County, which will support them in addressing the healthcare needs of their local communities. I will continue to advocate for funding and resources to support rural healthcare providers in the Mountain State.”

Sen. Capito also campaigned for this change by sending a letter to HRSA to talk about the need in West Virginia health centers.

“This revised definition more accurately reflects the realities in so many of our communities–which have the same rural characteristics and logistical challenges as others in the state–but were previously ineligible,” Capito said. “The Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program does a great job delivering the resources our community healthcare providers need, while also helping to expand services that would not be accessible otherwise.”

With the help from this funding, Coplin will continue with its FARMACY program which gives people access to healthy product and information about living a healthy lifestyle.

“The FARMACY is an amazing way to help patients change habits that have negatively impacted their health, while assisting them in overcoming social barriers that contribute to poor choices,” Sarah Barton, Coplin Health Systems senior projects manager said. “Participants receive healthy food kits during a ten week period and receive comprehensive training on how to prepare and use the food to improve health, incorporating health habits such as exercise into daily routines, and how wellness visits and health screenings can improve disease prevention and management.”

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