Welcome to WVHA.org

Healthy Initiatives

Cinny A. Kittle, Director Health Improvement Initiatives
Lisa Green, Program Manager


West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance

The WVHA serves as the home of the West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance (WVBA), a statewide coalition of health and social services providers and other breastfeeding advocates. Breastfeeding has immense benefits for babies, mothers, families and communities. The mission of WVBA is to improve the health of West Virginians by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and educate our community about breastfeeding. WVBA offers continuing education opportunities for providers and others, public education and policy advocacy related to breastfeeding.

Day One

The Day One program is designed to reach new parents with educational information related to infant brain development and the need and opportunities for appropriate sensory stimulation to enhance brain development and future learning ability. The program also addresses other vital issues related to healthy babies, mothers and families, including second- and third-hand tobacco smoke exposure, tobacco cessation, breastfeeding, oral health and early literacy. Day One educational materials are provided at no charge to hospitals, community programs and other providers of services to new families.

Coalition for a Tobacco-Free West Virginia

The WVHA serves as home to the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free West Virginia, a statewide group of organizations and individuals concerned about the devastating impact of tobacco use on West Virginia. West Virginia leads the nation in smoking among pregnant women and ranks in the top one through three states in other tobacco use. The mission of the Coalition is to educate the public about tobacco-related issues and reduce, with the intent to eliminate, tobacco use in West Virginia. The key focus of the Coalition is advancing public policy to protect citizens from exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, encourage and support tobacco users to quit, and prevent youth from becoming tobacco users.

Tobacco Cessation Trainings for Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers have a unique opportunity to educate patients about the impact of tobacco use on their individual health and encourage and assist them in quitting. Various continuing education approved trainings are offered to healthcare providers throughout the state. These are provided free of charge thanks to generous funding from the WVDHHR/Division of Tobacco Prevention.