- Health & Nutrition
211 Sixth Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101
The mission of the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department (MOVHD) is to provide access to quality health care and education for core public health services, including preventive health, for citizens residing in Calhoun, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood Counties in West Virginia. This mission is accomplished through partnerships, collaborative relationships, community involvement, stakeholder input and guidance from a diverse Board of Health comprised of two members from each of the counties and cities served by MOVHD.
About Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department
The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department (MOVHD) is the only regional health department in West Virginia. MOVHD serves Calhoun, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wood and Wirt Counties. Regionalization in 1982 has allowed for designing and implementing innovative programs and often serves as a Public Health leader for the State. MOVHD offers Clinical, WIC, Environmental Health, Threat Preparedness and Health & Wellness.
Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department’s Impact
Thousands of community members are helped by our local health department each year.
Through our Clinical Department we offer immunizations, Sexual Transmitted Disease and HIV screening, health check for children, and family planning. These services protect and improve the public health by preventing illness and disease.
The Oral Health Department provides outreach and education. The Early Smiles, First Dental Visit for children ages 1-5 and the portable prevention project in Elementary Schools treats under-served children. The Smiles for Life Adult Screening and Referral Program addresses the unmet dental needs of adults in the region.
The Womens', Infants and Children (WIC) program provides free nutritional education, breast-feeding support and nutritious foods for income eligible clients.
Through Environmental Health Services we permit and inspect food service, septic tank, daycare and personal care facilities.
Continuous training of volunteers ensures our Threat Preparedness team and community is ready to respond to a general public health emergency.
Our Health and Wellness Department is educating communities on the importance of healthy living. We are inspiring individuals to take control of their life and change their future for the better. AmeriCorps members serve as Healthy Community Developers offering lifestyle programs including: Chronic Disease Self-Management, Diabetes Self-Management and National Diabetes Prevention Programs. These programs have proven to decrease weight, blood pressure and medications.
SNAP Educators promote the use of benefits for healthier food choices.
Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in the nation. Tobacco Prevention accomplished the unique clean indoor air regulation that has made bars, restaurants, and workplaces smoke-free.
- Year Founded 1982
- Legal Form State Government Agency
Positions at Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department
Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department Programs
West Virginia Community Health AmeriCorps Developer (WVCHAD)
AmeriCorps members serve as Community Health Workers throughout West Virginia. AmeriCorps members will educate and encourage those with at risk behaviors while assisting individuals to improve their quality of life by making positive lifestyle changes. They will work with individuals, families, and communities. The lifestyle changes could cover: nutrition, physical activities for all ages, personal-home-community safety, mental health promotion, and consequences of unprotected sex. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will help to build a referral system with local clinics/physicians to encourage them to refer to programs offered and to assist participants in reporting results of the program outcomes back to their physicians. Our efforts will include the focus area of Healthy Futures including health screenings, health education, and disaster preparedness.