Improving Adolescent Health Through State-level Collaborative Initiatives


West Virginia

Topic: Mental Health

West Virginia CARES (Coordinating Access to Resources and Emergency Services) for Appalachian Homeless/ Foster Care Children A Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Huntington, WV.

Parents of children and adolescents with special health care needs serve as Care Coordinators for homeless families participating in the WV CARES project at the Marshall University Pediatrics Continuity Clinic. Together with the family they establish a medical home, develop a "Medical Passport" (an updated emergency health record and a list of parent concerns) and screen for developmental delay using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by Parent and Teacher Vanderbilt Assessments.

To date, 257 patients have participated in the WV CARES project. 67% were aged 5-18 years old, 23% were 0-4 years old, 90% were homeless and 27% had previously been in foster care. Seventy-nine referrals have been made for dental, vision, mental health or developmental evaluations, social services and medical specialty consultations. More than 30%of school aged children screened met criteria for ADHD (3 times the expected prevalence rate) but only 15% were receiving appropriate medical therapy.

Topic: Obesity

Healthy Kids Weight Management Program
Management program that includes teens who are at-risk or obese. It is a CQI project that is family and community based. For more information contact Jamie Jeffery at


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