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How a Tax on Soda Could Help WV’s Fiscal and Physical Health

Lunch and Learn About the Benefits of a Soda Tax This Wednesday, August 17

How could a soda tax improve our physical and fiscal health in West Virginia?

Numerous studies have linked the excessive consumption of soda to the nation’s epidemic of obesity, diabetes and other diseases. A soda tax could reduce consumption and positively impact public health. It would bring new revenues to West Virginia to fund health promotion efforts, public health insurance programs or other programs. West Virginia’s existing soda tax is seen as too small to curb consumption and its revenue is not earmarked for public health insurance programs.

Join the discussion this Wednesday, August 17 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the WV Covenant House. Bring your own lunch and healthy beverage!

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Lessons from Other Public Water Fights

The movement for a public water system in the Kanawha Valley is growing due to frustration with WV American Water’s high rates, frequent main breaks and poor service. Save the date for a public forum on what it could look like to create a public water system for the Kanawha Valley.

In 2013, Florida residents took public control of a failing private water system owned by Aqua Florida. Join us to learn more about how this happened and what we can do to create a public water system that is transparent, accountable and fair.

Thursday, September 22nd, 7:00-8:30 PM
University of Charleston Appalachian Room (in the Geary Student Union)
RSVP: www.ourwaterwv.org/events 

Community Development Investments: Foundations for Growth

Please join the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh for a symposium on community development investments. This event will feature experts and practitioners who will discuss ways to build organizational capacity and expand opportunities to secure community development finance and bank financing. They will also provide examples of successful community development projects.

This program is designed for nonprofit and affordable housing providers, social service agencies, state and local municipal officials, foundations and financial institutions.

September 14, 2016, 10:15 AM – 2:45 PM, lunch provided. Registration opens at 9:45 AM.

Location: Troy Theater, Swint Hall, Wheeling Jesuit University, 316 Washington Ave, Wheeling, WV.

Register here. For questions, please contact Joseph Ott at (412) 261-7947.

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Join the West Virginians for Affordable Health Care Team

West Virginians for Affordable Health Care is seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented Health Policy Coordinator to support West Virginians for Affordable Health Care’s ongoing advocacy efforts to improve West Virginia’s health, and education policies. The Health Policy Coordinator is responsible for public education, outreach and advocacy on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and other public policies that impact access, quality and affordability of health care in West Virginia. This position will be located in Charleston, WV.

Attributes: possess a strong work ethic, pride in work, the skills and confidence to take initiative, accept direction and work cooperatively.

Be an energetic “people” person who gets along well with all kinds of people, handle and prioritize multiple responsibilities; a self-starter and finisher.

Excellent organizational, writing and social skills.

Qualifications: Law degree, PhD, or Master’s Degree in public health, social work, public administration or other relevant field desired. Bachelor’s degree required.

Computer and social media literate. Working knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Experience in writing grants.

To apply or get more information, contact Terri Giles.

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Happy Friday from the WVCBP Family!

Lucy Boettner, Liam O’Leary, Maddie O’Leary and Sid Boettner – August 9, 2016

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