In a powerful short documentary film, Elaine McMillion Sheldon addresses public health in West Virginia through the story of grant-funded youth programs that temporarily provide short-term after-school activities for kids.
Featuring interviews with former participants as well as the recent long-term work of researcher Alfgeir Kristjansson in Wood, Fayette and Wyoming Counties, the film paints a picture of communities left behind when public funding and short-term programs cannot meet their needs.
I understand that you would have a competitive grant system for research purposes, but to fund human services with inadequate short-term funding is an insane idea. Think about the kids that come into those programs. Those kids have been let down time and time and time again. They make friendships with the people that run the programs and the funding runs out and the people leave. -Alfgeir Kristjansson, PhD
Highlighting the natural beauty and outdoor recreational assets available across the state, McMillion Sheldon’s work advocates for sustained investment in structured outdoor recreation in order to dramatically improve public health and reduce drug use across the state.
WVU in the News: Appalachia has 'most alarming' HIV outbreak in nation. The proposed solutions are controversial
Decades after HIV was first discovered, there’s still discrimination. In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we hear from several people here in Appalachia who are living with HIV.
WVU in the News: How to live longer: Meditation linked to lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar
Meditation is "about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective", noted Headspace - an app that guides its users on how to meditate. Now a research study demonstrated the lifeskill can achieve so much more.
The West Virginia University School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report week two results for 'MASCUP!', an eight-week mask observation study. The purpose of the study is to estimate the percentage of people within the WVU community wearing masks correctly and, ultimately, increase the proportion of people who use masks correctly.