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West Virginia: Students Help Area Families Live Better

This semester, students in the West Virginia University School of Public Health are helping to implement a training program that will assist the area’s older adults in raising their grandchildren.

In 2015, West Virginia ranked fourth in the nation in the number of children being raised by their grandparents. By 2017, the Mountain State was tied for second with Arkansas, while Mississippi was first. Over 20 percent of those families live in poverty.

As part of their field placement experience this semester, three undergraduate Public Health students are working with After School Explorers and Preston County Senior Citizens Inc. to bring the Healthy Grandfamilies training program to the area. The program is a free initiative led by West Virginia State University to provide resources and services to grandparents raising one or more grandchildren.

The students – Ms. Alison Stottlemyer, Ms. Michaela Stull and Ms. Miriam Rosenberg – helped to plan and execute the February 2019 training program in Preston County, which included parenting in the age of technology, self-care for those raising their grandchildren, navigating the legal system, and recipes for healthy and affordable meals.

The training was supported by the Preston County Board of Education and the Caroline Haase Trust, a memorial fund established at the School of Public Health to support educational outreach and resources to agencies and entities providing services directly to seniors in Preston County, WV.

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