History

In 2013, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) requested support from the WVU School of Public Health for the development of an application and subsequent project management for a State Innovation Model Design award from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This award was successfully completed in 2015.

The State Innovation Model project demonstrated how the University could assist WV DHHR with large-scale project management activities. It also identified a need for the state to increase its capacity in evaluating health-improvement initiatives and associated needs in the area of health- data analytics. To address these needs, in 2016 the WV DHHR and WVU established a memorandum of understanding that provided WVU faculty with access to WV DHHR data for the express purpose of supporting DHHR analytic needs.

Further building upon these initial successes, WVU and the WV DHHR West Virginia established a formal State-University Partnership in 2017 and joined the national State-University Partnership Learning Network. Within WVU, the Office of Health Affairs provides the administrative infrastructure for this initiative.

With teams in Morgantown and Charleston, the Office of Health Affairs has a highly credentialed staff that is uniquely equipped to support the WV DHHR through data analytics, program evaluation expertise, technical assistance, and professional program management.

  • February 2020:

    Opening of Office of Health Affairs in Charleston.

  • September 2019:

    Formation of Project Management and Development Office.

  • April 2018:

    Receipt of two-year Benedum Grant supporting growth of State-University Partnership.

  • March 2018:

    First hire, an embedded analyst within West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

  • November 2017:

    WVU joins Academy Health's State-University Partnership Learning Network (SUPLN).

  • 2016:

    WVU and West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources established a memorandum of understanding providing WVU with access to WV DHHR data for the purpose of providing data analytic support.

  • 2015:

    The initial WVU-West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources project was fulfilled.

  • 2013:

    The WV DHHR requested support from the WVU School of Public Health for the development of an application and subsequent project management for a State Innovation Model Design award from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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