ABOUT THE ALLIANCE

The West Virginia Alliance for Creative Health Solutions

In October of 2014, a group of providers from six federally qualified health centers (Cabin Creek Health Systems, FamilyCare, Lincoln Primary Care, New River Health Association, Valley Health Systems, and Wirt Health Services Association) and one academic medical center (Charleston Area Medical Center Family Medicine) formed a primary care network dedicated to finding creative solutions to community health issues. The Alliance has been maturing from that point to include additional primary care systems, organizations, and researchers.
 
The group is a mixture of health care providers, health care administrators, and academic researchers. It was brought together by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission with funding support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
We love our communities and state, find great value in our work, and feel confident that together we can make significant impact on priority health issues in our state and region.
 
Our Team

Joanna Bailey, MD; Tug River Health Association

Joanna Bailey, MD is a board certified family physician working for the Tug River Health Association in Wyoming and McDowell Counties. 

bailey@tugrivermedical.org

​Adam Baus, PhD, MA, MPH; West Virginia University School of Public Health, Office of Health Services Research

Adam is a Research Assistant Professor with the WVU School of Public Health. For the past 16 years, he has been fortunate to partner with primary care centers on quality of care improvement and practice-based research efforts through his position as Director of the WVU Office of Health Services Research. He serves as the project director for the Alliance.

abaus@hsc.wvu.edu

Laura Boone, JD; West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Laura is the Senior Director of Health Sciences at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and serves as staff support for the Alliance. Her work at the Commission focuses on policy and program development for health professions education and recruitment and retention of healthcare providers to rural and underserved areas of the state.

Laura.Boone@wvhepc.edu

Jennifer Boyd, PA-C; New River Health Association; West Virginia Primary Care Association

Jennifer Boyd is a Physician Assistant who has been practicing family medicine at New River Health Association since 1988. She is interested in research related to common issues faced by patients, practitioners and communities in West Virginia. Jennifer has worked with providers from Community Health Centers across West Virginia through her position with the West Virginia Primary Care Association and is also the Co-Director of the Practice Based Research Network of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

jennifer.boyd@wvpca.org

Martha Carter, DHSc, MBA, APRN, CNM; FamilyCare Health Centers

Martha is the former CEO of FamilyCare Health Centers, a Community Health Center serving Putnam, Kanawha, Boone, and Cabell counties. She was in clinical practice as a Nurse-Midwife for 20 years.

martha.cookcarter@familycarewv.org

Amber Crist, MS, Cabin Creek Health Systems

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Daniel Doyle, MD; Cabin Creek Health Systems

Dr. Dan Doyle has been a practicing family physician in Fayette County West Virginia since 1978.  He helped to found the New River Health Association, a federally qualified community health center in 1978 and has practiced there ever since. Dr. Doyle graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1968, Harvard Medical School in 1974, and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester in 1977. His teaching and research have focused on medical education for community health, evidence based practice, communication skills, and pulmonary rehabilitation. 

ddoyle@cchcwv.com

Michael Grome - Lincoln Primary Care

Michael Grome is a certified Physician Assistant who practiced for over 30 years in rural West Virginia at the Lincoln Primary Care site of the Southern West Virginia Health Systems. His career interests include general Family Medicine but are now focused primarily on Elderly patients.  He is a current member of the Marshall Family Medicine Geriatrics Team.  He previously served on the Board of Medicine and the DHHR Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee for the state of West Virginia. He has a particular interest in the unique medical problems facing rural Appalachians.

gromem@FRONTIER.COM

Sarah Hansen, APRN, AGNP-BC; Cabin Creek Health Systems

Sarah Hansen is a Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner working at Cabin Creek Health Systems since 2016. She is a National Health Service Corp Scholar. She is overall interested in preventable diseases, chronic disease management and population health of rural West Virginia, specifically those conditions affecting older adults.

sarah.hansen@cchcwv.com

Tracy Hendershot, MD; Camden-Clark Primary Care

Dr. Hendershot is a family physician practicing in southern Wood County. He views the success of physician directed community based research as a quality marker of a health delivery system. He is the past President of the WV Academy of Family Physicians and previous Paul Ambrose Health Policy Fellow.

hendershotmd@gmail.com

Mary Ann Maurer, DO; Charleston Area Medical Center

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Kevin McCann, MD; Marshall University

Kevin McCann, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University.  He has maintained a full time practice in Lavalette, Wayne County, West Virginia since 1997 and has served as the Health Officer for the Wayne County Health Department since 2004.  His areas of work in research include:  physician burnout, chronic pain management in primary care, diabetes and physical exercise.

mccann2@marshall.edu

Jordyn Reed; West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Jordyn Reed is a Health Sciences Program Coordinator at the West Virginia Higher Educational Policy Commission. Her work at the Commission focuses on program development for health professions education, recruitment, and retention.

jordyn.reed@wvhepc.edu

April L. Vestal, MPH, Director, West Virginia University Institute for Community and Rural Health

April L. Vestal is Director of the West Virginia University Institute for Community & Rural Health (WVUICRH). WVUICRH assists in the development and oversight of rural health programs for WVU health sciences students to aid in recruitment and retention of health care professionals to rural areas of West Virginia. April has worked in rural health education and recruitment of health professionals for over 26 years. She holds a BS degree in Organizational Management and Development from Bluefield College and Master of Public Health from West Virginia University.

avestal@hsc.wvu.edu

Robert Walker, MD; West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

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Mathew Weimer, MD; Valley Health System

Along with his involvement in the WVACHS, Dr. Mathew Weimer is a family physician and Chief Quality Officer for Valley Health Systems in Huntington. He is the chair of the Protocol Review Committee for the West Virginia Practice-Based Research Network, is a past chair of the Chief Medical Officer committee of the West Virginia Primary Care Association, and is a member of the Clinical Practice Committee of the National Association of Community Health Centers. He also serves on the board of directors for, and is the medical director of, the Aledade West Virginia Health Center Accountable Care Organization.

mbweimer@valleyhealth.org

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