Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

 Health & Human Services

For any state, children are a priceless “natural resource.” They are tomorrow’s workforce, leaders, policy-makers, and parents. They will control the future. That’s why it is essential to optimize children’s health, to shape policies and practices that will help kids develop to their fullest potential.

Health & Human Services. West Virginia will benefit when all families have access to high-quality health care and human services. The best possible resources are required for families to raise their children to be productive members of their communities.

Emphasis in this program area is placed on innovations in health care delivery systems, a strengthening of the public health infrastructure, and community-based health promotion; especially with regard to chronic disease prevention and management. Collaborative efforts involving communities, businesses, and public agencies are encouraged through technical assistance, program development, research, and public policy. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Support for a healthier quality of life for West Virginians through access to affordable health care, preventive health services, state-level policy development, and quality care systems across the lifespan.
  • Ensuring a system of accessible and affordable health care for children, early intervention services that lead to school-success, and the promotion of child-focused public policy.
  • Delivery of oral health education for the public and the implementation of preventive strategies in the state oral health plan.