About the WVPRC

The West Virginia Prevention Research Center (WVPRC) has been funded since 1995 with the aim of transforming public health policies and practice through community-engaged research and evaluation in order to improve health. Our research is focused on the underlying behaviors and social conditions related to substance use (especially tobacco and opioids), promoting healthy lifestyles, and fostering youth and community resilience.

The WVPRC is committed to reducing health disparities related to geography and socioeconomic status among the rural populations in West Virginia and Central Appalachian states. We partner with communities as well as state and national organizations to provide evaluation, strategic development and programmatic support to facilitate community health and youth resilience initiatives.

We work closely with our Community Partnership Board which include members and stakeholders in public health, education, business and community welfare across the state.

Diversity Statement

The West Virginia Prevention Research Center (WVPRC) believes that everyone should have equitable opportunities to live a healthy life, regardless of one’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, socioeconomic status, or age.

The social determinants of health significantly impacts health outcomes. The WVPRC understands that health disparities in our communities are rooted in existing structural injustices. Specifically, we recognize that racism is a systemic public health issue, and that we cannot truly achieve health equity without addressing racism. 

The WVPRC seeks to center health equity and anti-racism in both our organizational and collective work. Our research, evaluation practices, and programs, focus on addressing obstacles to health equity. As a member of the West Virginia Health Equity Action Team, the WVPRC collaborates with statewide partners and stakeholders to build capacity and create resources to achieve health equity.