The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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January 4, 2013

WVSOM offers free community health training in Oak Hill

The Center for Rural and Community Health of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is offering free training in Oak Hill to become a Community Health Education Resource Person (CHERP).

With this training program, you can:

— Become a Community Health Education Resource Person - Level 1 Wellness Specialist

— Help friends and neighbors gain access to improved health care

— Learn how to help others develop a healthier lifestyle

“A Community Health Education Resource Person is a trained community member who provides health information and support to residents who need help,” stated Dr. Wayne Miller, Ph.D. and Program Director of the WVSOM Center for Rural and Community Health.

There are six training levels including wellness specialist, health promotion specialist, disease prevention specialist, disease management specialist, mental health specialist and personal health counselor.

“Once trained, these individuals can answer basic questions about health, disease, nutrition, physical activity and health behaviors,” he explained. “The training is absolutely free and it is not necessary to complete all six levels. Each volunteer can choose his or her level of achievement and receive a certificate of completion for that level.”

Level 1- Wellness Specialist training sessions will be offered at the following times. All four sessions must be attended in order to complete the training:

Jan. 22-23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Jan. 24, 9 a.m. to noon and Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sessions will be held in the Historic Oak Hill School/SAL, 140 School St., Oak Hill.

Training is open to all individuals, 18 and older, and no previous health care experience is required.

To learn more about becoming a Community Health Education Resource Person or to register for training, contact Joyce Martin at or 304-793-6571.

Funding for this project has been provided by the Benedum Foundation, the Center for Disease Control through the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.


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