WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms April 19 in Union

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Monroe County this month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.  A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Monroe Health Center in Union from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19.   The mammograms are billed to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program or through a special grant from the Susan B. Komen for the Cure Foundation. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment call the Monroe Health Center-Union at 304-772-3064.  Last year, Bonnie’s Bus made 65 visits in 30 counties throughout West Virginia providing mammography screening to nearly 800 women. About half of those screened were medically underserved and from challenged socio-economic backgrounds and qualified for screening through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. The goal for this year is to screen at least 1,200 women. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of women’s groups, clinicians, public health professionals and other community leaders working to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in West Virginia. Made possible by a generous gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated by WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Mrs. Statler's late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie.   Attention reporters and editors: If you are interested in covering Bonnie’s Bus when it visits your area, please call the HSC News Service in Morgantown at 304-293-7087 in advance. Out of respect for patient privacy, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms April 13 in Martinsburg

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Berkeley County this month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.  A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Berkeley County Health Department in Martinsburg from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13.   The mammograms are billed to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program or through special grant funds. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment call the Berkeley County Health Department at 304-263-5131.  Last year, Bonnie’s Bus made 65 visits in 30 counties throughout West Virginia providing mammography screening to nearly 800 women. About half of those screened were medically underserved and from challenged socio-economic backgrounds and qualified for screening through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. The goal for this year is to screen at least 1,200 women. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of women’s groups, clinicians, public health professionals and other community leaders working to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in West Virginia. Made possible by a generous gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated by WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Mrs. Statler's late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie.  Attention reporters and editors: If you are interested in covering Bonnie’s Bus when it visits your area, please call the HSC News Service in Morgantown at 304-293-7087 in advance. Out of respect for patient privacy, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos.   [...]

WVU Health Sciences students to discuss impact of reform

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Students from WVU’s four health professions schools and other health-related disciplines across the University will spend Saturday morning (April 9) discussing health reform with national and state policy makers, WVU faculty members and health experts from across the state. “The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Your Life and Career: A Student Conversation,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Health Sciences Center. Speakers include Jocelyn Moore, staff director of U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Healthcare and legislative director for U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller; West Virginia State University student and healthcare advocate Erin Snyder of Charleston; WVU Hospitals CEO Bruce McClymonds; and Christopher Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., chancellor for health sciences at WVU. About a dozen members of the West Virginia Legislature have volunteered to lead small-group discussions with the students. “I truly appreciate the willingness of these policy makers to sacrifice part of a spring weekend to help our students understand and prepare for the changes that will face them as they begin careers in healthcare,” Dr. Colenda said. “The future of healthcare is that we will be playing a team sport – with all of the health professions working together to advance the health of patients and communities. It’s important for our students to speak to one another across all our disciplines.” More than 150 students are registered for the event, including students in the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy and in the Division of Public Administration. It is co-sponsored by WVU Health Sciences and West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare.   [...]

WVU Ph.D. student receives grant to study connection between smoking and social capital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Traci Jarrett, a Ph.D. student in the West Virginia University Public Health Sciences Program, wants to develop an instrument that will measure social capital in college students to see if there is a relationship between it and health behaviors, such as smoking. To help her in that endeavor, she recently received a grant for more than $60,000 from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Social capital comes from the networks, understanding and values that shape the way people relate to each other and participate in social activities.  It is a function of how engaged one is in his or her community. Through her research, Jarrett has discovered that certain factors may affect one’s social capital. In the study titled, “The Environmental Context of Smoking: Measuring Social Capital in College,” Jarrett and her advisor Kimberly Horn, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Community Medicine, plan to examine how engaged students become in the campus community, how they maintain ties to their hometown and if those are associated with smoking.   “This really has not been studied in a college population. However, it has been shown in some adult populations that the more social capital you have, the less you smoke. Others have shown the more social capital you have the more you smoke. I really want to explore what that relationship is like,” Jarrett said. Jarrett credits her prior experience in directing her to this subject. “I focused much of my undergraduate career on college health. I was a residence director at Fairmont State University and a sexual health educator at the University of Michigan. So, I really want to focus on the 18 to 24 year olds and how the college environment can both facilitate those behaviors and also protect against negative health behaviors,” Jarrett said. Jarrett is the second public health sciences Ph.D. student at WVU to receive this type of grant. Recently, Ph.D. student John Blosnich was awarded the same type of award to study his research project, also related with smoking. Both of these students are mentored by Dr. Horn. “John and I submitted around the same time. Dr. Horn is an absolute wonderful mentor, and she was instrumental in making sure this grant application was ready to be submitted. She also helped me conceptualize the project from the beginning. She was definitely key in making it happen,” Jarrett said. Jarrett anticipates graduating at the end of this research project, which should be within two years. After graduation, she plans to stay in this area of research. “I definitely would like to keep studying how the environment and the social environment impact health behaviors, especially in the college population,” she said.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms April 8 and 9 in West Union

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Doddridge County this month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.  A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Doddridge County CEO’s Health Fair on Snowbird Road in West Union from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9.   The mammograms are billed to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program or through special grant funds. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment call the Doddridge County Health Department at 304-873-1531.  Last year, Bonnie’s Bus made 65 visits in 30 counties throughout West Virginia providing mammography screening to nearly 800 women. About half of those screened were medically underserved and from challenged socio-economic backgrounds and qualified for screening through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. The goal for this year is to screen at least 1,200 women. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of women’s groups, clinicians, public health professionals and other community leaders working to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in West Virginia. Made possible by a generous gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated by WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Mrs. Statler’s late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie.  Attention reporters and editors: If you are interested in covering Bonnie’s Bus when it visits your area, please call the HSC News Service in Morgantown at 304-293-7087 in advance. Out of respect for patient privacy, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms April 7 in Princeton

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Mercer County this month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.  A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Bluestone Health Center in Princeton from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 7.   The mammograms are billed to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program or through special grant funds. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment call Debbie or Emily at the Bluestone Health Center at 304-431-5499.  Last year, Bonnie’s Bus made 65 visits in 30 counties throughout West Virginia providing mammography screening to nearly 800 women. About half of those screened were medically underserved and from challenged socio-economic backgrounds and qualified for screening through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. The goal for this year is to screen at least 1,200 women. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of women’s groups, clinicians, public health professionals and other community leaders working to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in West Virginia. Made possible by a generous gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated by WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Mrs. Statler's late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie.  Attention reporters and editors: If you are interested in covering Bonnie’s Bus when it visits your area, please call the HSC News Service in Morgantown at 304-293-7087 in advance. Out of respect for patient privacy, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms April 5 and 6 at Clendenin Health Center

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Kanawha County this month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Clendenin Health Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 6.   The mammograms are billed to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program or through special grant funds. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment call the Clendenin Health Center at 304-548-7272.  Last year, Bonnie’s Bus made 65 visits in 30 counties throughout West Virginia providing mammography screening to nearly 800 women. About half of those screened were medically underserved and from challenged socio-economic backgrounds and qualified for screening through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. The goal for this year is to screen at least 1,200 women. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of women’s groups, clinicians, public health professionals and other community leaders working to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in West Virginia. Made possible by a generous gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated by WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Mrs. Statler's late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie. Attention reporters and editors: If you are interested in covering Bonnie’s Bus when it visits your area, please call the HSC News Service in Morgantown at 304-293-7087 in advance. Out of respect for patient privacy, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos.   [...]

WVU Health Sciences to host tobacco series

Note: The first lecture, which was to be held at noon on April 4, has been canceled. [...]

WVU School of Public Health a step closer to reality

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Plans for a new School of Public Health at West Virginia University are moving forward, thanks to a $1 million appropriation in the state budget approved this week by the state legislature and signed by the governor. “This is a significant milestone in the history of the Health Sciences Center,” Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., chancellor for health sciences, said. “The new School of Public Health will be a tremendous asset to the people across West Virginia who are working to solve the state’s health problems.”   Chancellor Colenda thanked Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the legislative leadership and members of the state legislature for supporting the new school. “At a time when state governments across the United States are rolling back support for higher education, they had the foresight and wisdom to provide us with the resources we need to continue to meet our mission of service,” Colenda said. “Most of the faculty and other requirements needed for a nationally accredited school are already in place here.” Some public health programs are offered in the WVU School of Medicine and enrollment has been increasing rapidly. The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program has doubled enrollment since 2008. WVU also offers a master’s degree in school health education and a Ph.D. program in Public Health Sciences. Several community-based health programs developed at WVU are having national and international impact. For more information about current public health offerings at WVU Health Sciences, go to www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/cmed.   [...]