The WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities is collaborating with WV Home Visitation Providers, Burlington United Methodist Family Services and Wheeling Hospital to provide additional services to families who enroll in the IMPACT WV study.
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West Virginia Home Visitation Program
The West Virginia Home Visitation Program within the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, involves partnerships at federal, state and community levels to assist families in meeting their parenting goals. Programs are available at no cost to families across the state. Programs are delivered by local home visitors who have received extensive training in evidence-based curriculums.
Programs through the West Virginia Home Visitation Program include:
- Parents as Teachers Healthy Families America
- Healthy Families America
- Maternal Infant and Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW)
- Early Head Start – Home Based Option
- Right From the Start
Burlington United Methodist Family Services
Burlington United Methodist Family Services (BUMFS) provides care coordination for children and their families based on responding to immediate client needs. By collaborating with the IMPACT WV Project they will expand community outreach, strengthen partnerships with other organizations, advocate for families, promote healthcare, educate families about access to resources, and identify the gaps in services to help overcome barriers and bridge services needed.
The IMPACT WV Project Navigator will be responsible for coordinating the care of multigenerational families impacted by substance abuse and or NAS. Services will focus on meeting “where the client is,” by responding to current client needs such as food, shelter, education, clothing, transportation, and/or childcare.
The Wheeling Hospital Perinatal Transition Program is a service for women impacted by substance use during pregnancy. Registered nurses provide individualized support and education to women throughout pregnancy. The IMPACT WV Project allows the Perinatal Transition Program to expand support through the postpartum period by providing a patient navigator and by working closely with established home visitation services.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children are appointed to children in civil abuse and neglect proceedings to speak to the best interest of children and ensure the needs of the children are met. The CASA-Impact Project will expand on community outreach, strengthen partnerships with other organizations, advocate for families, promote healthcare, educate families about access to resources and identify the gaps in services to help overcome barriers.
The IMACT Project Navigator will be responsible for coordinating the care of multi-generational families impacted by substance abuse and/or NAS. Services will focus on meeting ‘where the client is,’ by responding to current client needs such as food, shelter, education, clothing, transportation and/or childcare.
We would like to acknowledge the work that both internal and external peer reviewers contributed to the IMPACT WV portal modules along with individuals and organizations who shared resources.
The following individuals worked closely on the modules’ content, resource collection, and review:
Lesley Cottrell, PhD, IMPACT PI; Cody Smith, MD, IMPACT C0-PI; Autumn Kiefer, MD, IMPACT Co-PI; Lynlee Tanner Stapleton, PhD, Ekaterina Zoubak, MA, IMPACT Project Officer; Jackie Newson, Director WVHVP; Melina Danko, MS, Communications Officer WVUCED; Sue Workman, BS, CCRP, IMPACT Program Manager; Rebecca Campbell, MA IMPACT Education/Employment Specialist; Sarah Skidmore; Lily Hicks, Miranda Signorelli, ECAC – Early Childhood Advisory Council; Misty Payne, WVHVP; Heather Hart-Johnson, Amy Bott, and Judy Romano, MD, IMPACT Wheeling Hospital Demo Site; Alleda Taylor, LSW, Tracie Murphy, LSW, and Ashleigh Blair, MS, IMPACT BUMFS Demo Site; Kevin Jones, WVHVP STARS; Lana J. Myers, BSW, LSW; Lauren Swager, MD; Patricia Moran, MD; Jill Wheeler, CFPB, Special Populations Advisor; Erin Winstanley, PhD; Matthew Stefanko; and Rebecca Boursiquot, Shatterproof; WVUCED PBS (Anastasia Riley, MBA and team); Tim Moore, PhD; Laura Lander, MSW, LICSW, AAADC; Brittany Smith, BS; Grace Nowicki, MT-BC; Lori Brooks, MSEd; Carol Murphy, MEd; Sabrina Burtner, BS; Michael Brumage, MD, MPH, FACP, FACPM; Regan Curtis, PhD; Cheryl McNeil, PhD; Delaney Laughery, WV211 Director