The WVUPHC is a Ryan White Part C (Early Intervention Services) and Part D (Women and Youth) funded clinic that provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive, primary HIV care services to HIV positive patients in the northern 33 counties of north-central, eastern West Virginia (a mountainous region that lies completely within Appalachia) and regions of adjacent states. We provide services to a largely rural, impoverished, medically underserved area where access to care is limited. This ambulatory HIV clinic is a subspecialty clinic of the Section of Infectious Diseases, in the Department of Medicine. In addition to the services offered at the Physician Office Center in Morgantown, the program includes a satellite clinic in Wheeling, WV (the Northern Panhandle of the state) and supervision of care that is provided to HIV positive patients at Shenandoah Community Health Center in Martinsburg, WV (the Eastern Panhandle of the state).
The WVUPHC has, on staff, a Program Director, an Associate Director, 7 Infectious Diseases Physicians (5 Faculty and 2 Fellows), a Nurse Practitioner, 2 Psychiatrists, a Clinical Coordinator, a Nurse Clinician, and a Nurse Educator. In addition, we contract for services with a Medical Case Manager from Ryan White Part B, an AAHIVE certified Pharmacist, a Mental Health Therapist, and a Financial Counselor. Our program also proudly acknowledges the WVU PHC Consumer Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB is a partnership between the clinic and the consumers it serves. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to improve the manner in which care is delivered, by providing the leadership at the WVU PHC with the perspectives of persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
In August 2012, the WVUPHC was granted Part D Funding to care for Women and Youth in the northern 33 counties of north-central WV. With the additional funding, we have been able to provide comprehensive medical care to Women of all ages and Youth ages 18-24 years old. The clinic collaborates closely with the High Risk OB Department in treating HIV Positive Women who are Pregnant in an effort to prevent Mother to Child Transmission. Our care team includes staff as described above as well as a Nurse Practitioner to manage specific women’s health issues and a Mental Health Therapist; future plans include establishing a Women’s Support Group and expanding our Consumer Advisory Board to include a sub-committee to represent women and youth.