WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that the Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health at Marshall University has received a $400,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to continue the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project.
This program will continue community-based efforts to address diabetes rates in distressed Appalachian counties. Residents in distressed Appalachian counties have 33 percent higher odds of developing diabetes than residents in other counties. The Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project supports community groups and coalitions in their efforts to improve local health.
“Access to care is a significant roadblock to lowering the rate of diabetes in West Virginia. Marshall University is leading the way in reaching out to underserved populations in southern West Virginia, educating them about diabetes and how it can be prevented and managed,” Jenkins said. “The Appalachian Regional Commission’s grant will ensure Marshall can expand its efforts and educate even more West Virginians to take charge of their health and make meaningful lifestyle changes.”
“This grant will help Marshall’s health care providers, in cooperation with regional partners, continue their vital work to address one of Appalachia’s most pressing health challenges,” Marshall University Interim President Gary G. White said. “The project has been successful because it reaches into our communities and directly touches our family members and neighbors most at risk. This grant will help expand the program, and I’m pleased our team has taken the lead in this effort. I salute the Appalachian Regional Commission for its ongoing commitment to making a difference.”