Several West Virginia health organizations, including West Virginia Prevention First and the state's Department of Health and Human Resources have joined together to launch the Health & Hope WV Initiative. Prevention First is a conglomeration of organizations that collect and disseminate information and facilitate communication, according to a press release.
Organizers say they hope the new site and media content will both serve as a comprehensive resource and help combat some of the stigma addiction still faces.
“One of the things we know in our state is that access to affordable health care carries a very large stigma with it, said Elizabeth Shahaan – one of the representatives from the six regions of the Prevention First Network. "And when it carries that it prevents people from accessing the care they desperately need.”
At a Monday media event in Charleston, other representatives shared about their work and hope for the project.
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