CASE recognizes Health Blueprint with award

The Southeast District of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education recently recognized The University of Virginia’s College at Wise with its Special Merit Award in its Printed Publications category.  The Southwest Virginia Health Authority’s Blueprint for Health Improvement and Health-Enabled Prosperity was published by the College’s Healthy Appalachia Institute (HAI), with support from the Appalachian Regional Commission.  HAI is the Health Authority’s strategic partner in overcoming geographic health disparities in Southwest Virginia.

The publication is a strategic blueprint that guides the work of the Health Authority, HAI, and the many partners who assisted in its development. In making the award, CASE noted that the publication was both “handsome and useful.”

John Dreyzehner, M.D., vice chair of the Health Authority and director of the Cumberland Plateau Health District, thanked the many thoughtful and committed contributors to the Blueprint who helped make the CASE award possible. 

Dreyzehner noted, “We hope this will further inspire our region and others beyond our region to think strategically about ways to foster, enhance or create opportunities to improve health and health-enabled prosperity.  More than ever we need to understand how critical our personal and community health is to our economic competitiveness, our quality of life and how these very activities can enable sustainable local economies.”

Marcia Quesenberry, co-director of the Healthy Appalachia Institute, added, “We appreciate this recognition by CASE, our partnership with the Health Authority, and the continuing support of the Appalachian Regional Commission.  HAI considers the Blueprint its charge and work plan, and we are excited about what has been accomplished and the many opportunities yet to come.”

For more information, please contact Kathy Still, director of news & media relations at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, at (276) 376-1027 or visit the Healthy Appalachia Institute on the Web at