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Health Research Center

The Health Research Center provides an environment and infrastructure for faculty with varied interests and expertise to collaborate and develop projects that promote the overall quality of life for West Virginians Read More

Current Research

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The Health Research Center

The Health Research Center focuses on a myriad of health related issues including obesity; physical activity; access to care; primary, secondary, tertiary prevention; food environment; and policy, systems, and environmental change, among others.

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Mission & Goals

The mission of the HRC is to improve the health status of West Virginia communities through policy analysis and program evaluation.

Goals and Priorities:

The main goals of the Health Research center are  to :

1) Serve as a leader of health research in West Virginia by conducting formative program evaluation; providing timely policy analysis and feedback; fostering innovative, self-directed research that supports the mission of the center; and disseminating research findings.


2) Cultivate relationships/partnerships that support the mission of the center by collaborating with various schools/units within WVU; developing and enhancing partnerships with pertinent state agencies; establishing relationships with WV health care providers; and collaborating outside WV.

The Health Behavior Research Center and Addictions & Psychiatric Medicine Research merged in July of 2005 to form a comprehensive research facility, the Health Research Center. The Health Research Center is located within the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University School of Public Health.


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State Refor(u)m is an online network for health reform implementation. It is an initiative of the National Academy for State Health Policy, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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Change the Future WV Final Evaluation Report and Presentation

Recently, at Stonewall Jackson Resort, the Community Transformation Grant (Change the Future WV) Team met to discuss and review the grant’s accomplishments since its commencement in 2011.  Grant activities, milestones, and outlined objectives were discussed and presented at the meeting.  Local community champions were also honored for their assistance with the Change the Future WV initiative by making WV a healthier place to live, work, and play.

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