Association News

WVPCA Selected for PRAPARE Train the Trainer Academy | July 2018

The West Virginia Primary Care Association and two WV Health Centers - Williamson Health & Wellness Center and Valley Health Systems - are pleased to announce that they have been chosen by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to participate in Round 2 of the PRAPARE Train the Trainer Academy. The Academy will consist of free training and technical assistance to implement the Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients' Assets, Risks, and Experiences (PRAPARE) in the chosen health centers. Along with the training and technical assistance from NACHC, the WVPCA and health center staff will have the opportunity to learn from health centers and PCAs across the country who have successfully implemented PRAPARE. Health Centers and PCAs are using the data to define and document the increased complexity of their patients, transform care with integrated services and community partnerships to meet the needs of their patients, advocate for change in their communities, and demonstrate the value they bring to patients, communities, and payers. The Academy will be a year-long learning and implementation program with the goal to assist other West Virginia Health Centers with PRAPARE assessments and utilizing the data to improve outcomes.
PRAPARE is a national effort to help health centers and other providers collect the data needed to better understand and act on their patients' social determinants of health. As providers are increasingly held accountable for reaching population health goals while reducing costs, it is important that they have tools and strategies to identify the upstream socioeconomic drivers of poor outcomes and higher costs.
PRAPARE has been a multi-year effort between NACHC, the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, the Oregon Primary Care Association, and the Institute for Alternative Futures, along with a group of pioneer health centers and health center networks in Hawaii, Iowa, New York, and Oregon. PRAPARE was supported with funding from the Kresge Foundation, the Blue Shield of California Foundation, and the Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit Fund at the Easy Bay Community Foundation.


WVPCA Announces Leadership Changes | May 14, 2018

The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sherri Ferrell as Chief Executive Officer and Debra Boyd as Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFO/COO) beginning April 2018.

Ms. Ferrell, the former Chief Operating and Financial Officer at the WVPCA, brings a strong commitment to the organization and the state’s Community Health Center system.  Ms. Ferrell began working for the WVPCA in 2004 as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer.  As the Chief Operating Officer, she maintained leadership roles with federal and state agencies, while assisting in the development and execution of the organization’s strategic initiatives, as well as continuing staff and resource management responsibilities for the WVPCA.  As the Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Ferrell connected strategy with performance and assured that the financial sustainability and integrity of organizational resources are appropriately maintained.
Ms. Boyd brings a wealth of financial knowledge and proven managerial abilities as well as a thorough understanding of the Community Health Center system. Most recently, Ms. Boyd served as the Chief Financial Officer of Cabin Creek Health Systems, Inc. In her current position, Ms. Boyd will be responsible for providing leadership and partnership to the chief executive officer in the administration and execution of the Association's strategic plan. This includes program oversight, resource development, member services, human resource functions, administration and operations. Her primary responsibilities also include providing financial leadership for the organization and to oversee, monitor and maintain the financial and accounting systems of the Association.


The WVPCA is the largest organized primary care network in the state.