February 2021
Our Vision:  To save lives and improve health outcomes for individuals, children and families impacted by the opioid crisis through development of a comprehensive, coordinated system of addiction care by integrating services across the system.

If you have any information you would like added to the app please contact Kelby Sansom at
 Great Rivers monthly meeting will take place on the 18th of February at 9:00 a.m. Our guest speaker this month will be Armor Up- PTSD & Trauma Informed Prevention, Training, and Education. To learn more about Armor Up, visit their website . 

Healthy Connections hosted the "In the Spotlight: Shatterproof's ATLAS Treatment Locator" training. 
Jackson County QRT will be up and running in February. The team is eager to get boots on the ground and begin working with Jackson County residents. If you have any questions or are needing referral in the Jackson County area reach out to Director Steve McClure at

The BoMAR Club and Drop in Center is continuing to offer services in the Jackson County area. To find out what BoMAR is offering daily you can visit their Facebook page at @bomarclub. 
KCTC will meet on February 11th at 2:00 p.m.  This meeting will be done via Zoom. The meeting link is

To be added to the KCTC mailing list contact director, Karison Frazier at

  • EITC Free Tax Preparation will begin at the United Way on February 8th. This will be by appointment only. To make an appointment call
    304- 343-3622.
  • United Way will doing food distributions on February 23rd at 4:30 p.m. behind the Walgreens on the East End of Charleston. There will be another distribution on February 25th at 4:30 p.m. at the old Save-A-Lot parking lot on the Westside of Charleston.  

February 11th, 2021 is National 211 day! Help the United Way get the information out about 211 and all the amazing services they offer throughout the state. 

During this challenging time, the Community Development team from Aetna Better Health of West Virginia is offering a time each week to gather with others to discuss the feelings or experiences you may be having. This will be an open time for discussion, self-care topics, etc.

Please feel free to come and go as your schedule allows. We will offer these ongoing.  All are invited. 

On Friday February 5th Great Rivers will be offering a 30 minute Gentle Yoga session with Aetna Better Health. 

To join the Friday sessions each week you can follow the link below. These sessions go from 12:00-12:30.

Meeting number (access code): 712 378 676
Meeting password: JVsxsBe2*64 
PWC and the RFRN partnered together to host “Mind Your Health for a Better You”: an in-person event at Valley Park where community members could come register for their free Fitness Journal to join our 6 month journey of Health and Wellness. We teamed with local professionals in the field of prevention, healthcare, and recreation to offer our community members a myriad of ‘Healthy Alternatives’, local resources, and training. The exhibitors included: CAMC Trauma Services (offering ‘fall prevention’ for seniors), Parents as Teachers, Help4WV, Marshall Health / Great Rivers Regional System for Addiction Care (offering Naloxone Training), Fun Fitness Kids Club, Putnam County Pedalers, Rivers to Ridges: Heritage Trail, Kanawha Watersports, and the Putnam County Paddle Cooperative. The RFRN and PWC displayed information about our programing involving ‘evidence based approaches’, and established resource tables to share information about The Arthritis Foundation, Try This West Virginia, Genesis 5k Running Program, and Mindfulness West Virginia/West Virginia Prevention Research Center. Areas of focus from these resources included: “Stress Reduction for Youth During COVID-19”, and an Assistant Coach from Genesis 5k Training Program has offered to team with other volunteers to form a FREE community walking group to begin in March, and be led by local graduates of the Genesis 5k Training Programs. PWC was able to showcase additional resources and equipment we've acquired for the focus on ‘Healthy Alternatives’ including sporting equipment for tennis, baseball, soccer, basketball, bicycle & batting helmets, and even stand up paddleboards along with the associated safety equipment such as personal flotation devices. PWC was able to invite youth in attendance to our Youth Advisory Board to expand the “youth voice” in our coalition, and sign them up for play-groups that we’re in the process of forming in the future. We also had over a dozen people sign up for our community walking groups, and note interest in additional activities such as kayaking, hiking and disc golfing too. We were able to help participants begin setting ‘Healthy Goals’ in their journals by first finding their ‘baseline measures’. The most popular baseline to measure became the 40 yard dash, which resulted in a fun competition for almost a dozen kids age 11 and under, who took turns running for time and then recording the results in the appropriate places in their journals. These baseline measures will be in place to refer to throughout the 6 month Health and Wellness Journey, and offer these participants the opportunity to measure all their baselines again at the end of the 6 months to review the progress and improvements they’ve made in their physical and mental health. This event on January 28th represented the kick-off to our 6 month initiative, where we will form a sense of community and ongoing support on social media to help engage our community members every step of the way, and invite them to upcoming opportunities to re-gather in-person to take part in activities like the walking group and more. We were able to distribute 96 of the 100 fitness journals that we created, and conducted quality video interviews with each exhibitor to share online for all who couldn’t attend the event.
For more information on this initiative and other programs, you can find us online and follow us on Facebook @PutnamWellnessCoalition, and attend our monthly meetings on the 2nd Friday of each month at 10:30 am. (Via Zoom until further notice)

If you’d like to join a group and/or volunteer, please email or

THANK YOU to all our exhibitors and community members who came out to support this initiative!

After launching on June 1st, 2020, Unite West Virginia is now over 40 partners strong and growing every day. 


Unite West Virginia is built in partnership with CVS/Aetna Better Health and The Martinsburg Initiative and is active in Berkeley, Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Putnam, and Wayne counties. Organizations that have a physical presence in those counties and also provide services outside of this area are encouraged to join!


Joining the network is free of cost for community-based organizations. In addition, our network includes unlimited web-based licenses for those community based organizations.

To be part of the network contact Devon Lopez at

WVARR serves as a unified voice advocating for and educating about the recovery residence community in West Virginia.

Visit WVARR's website to learn more about their organization, the NARR standards and code of ethics, housing guides, and there is even a place for you to file a complaint.
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Information deadline for March will be February 25th. 
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Great Rivers Regional System for Addiction Care
Program Director:
Tina Ramirez
Prevention Education Specialists:
Jessica Beha (Jackson/Kanawha)
Kelby Sansom (Cabell/Putnam)
Community Health Workers/Peer Recovery Coaches 
Cabell County

Cory Sargent
Hayley Brown
Kanawha County 
Allyson Foster

Our mailing address is:
35 Chase Dr 
Hurricane, WV 25526

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