Location: Morgantown, West Virginia, population 30,708
The Problem: Research done in the area suggests that substance abuse, violence, and poverty greatly compromise the safety and wellbeing of residents in the Greater Morgantown area. The state of West Virginia and Monongalia County continue to struggle with poverty, health care coverage, lack of care and rehabilitation for individuals with mental illness, accessible nutritional support and substance abuse.
Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: This project is a continuation of the efforts of Monongalia County, Morgantown and West Virginia University. Its efforts will focus on food insecurity, mental illness, violence and pedestrian injuries and improving local programs that address these problems.