The West Virginia Children's Health Project (WVCHP) was founded in 1992 to expand access to quality primary and specialty health care for children in rural areas of WV. Our mission is to educate children, parents, schools and community members in preventive health care and healthy life styles. Comprehensive primary care is provided including sick visits, sports physicals, mental health counseling, screening tests and referral management. This project is also part of a unique educational experience for medical residents and students at the Department of Pediatrics of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University. Pediatric residents are assigned to this project one day every other week for a minimum of 2 years, becoming a second continuity clinic for them.
The WVCHP serves rural, permanently housed Appalachian families, who are frequently underinsured or have no medical insurance. The mobile medical unit (MMU) serves eight elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. The staff consists of a pediatrician, a pediatric resident, a nurse and a driver/registrar. The MMU is a 36-foot van that was built specifically as a medical office. There is a lab/work area, a nurse work room and 2 fully-equipped examination rooms.
For more information about our Rural Health programs, please visit: http://crh.marshall.edu/