Mountains of Hope
Mission: To facilitate and coordinate collaborations, statewide and at the community level, to address Mountains of Hope's priorities.
Vision: To reduce the human and economic impact of cancer in West Virginia.
Facilitated through Cancer Prevention and Control at the WVU Cancer Institute, the Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition (MOH) is dedicated to reducing the human and economic impact of cancer in our state. WVU Cancer Institute is one of four founding members of the coalition in partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP), and WV Comprehensive Cancer Program (WVCCP)
Part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Comprehensive Caner Control Program, MOH Coalition members meet face-to-face to pool resources and collaborate to address the Goals, Aims, Objectives, and Strategies of the WV Cancer Plan. The WV Cancer Plan is the state’s ambitious comprehensive cancer plan that serves as a blueprint to addressing the needs of the states to improve the overall health equity of all affected by cancer. It’s designed to be used by communities, organizations, universities, and legislators who want to work on three major areas that impact cancer – prevention, early detection, and quality of life.
Coalition members include more than 350 health care professionals, volunteers, cancer survivors and community advocates representing over 200 community-based organizations, research and academic institutions, public and private agencies, coalitions, voluntary associations, patient advocacy groups, and other cancer-related organizations from throughout West Virginia.
Mountains of Hope strives to make an impact in local communities, and one way this is done is by providing community mini-grants to address topics found in the WV Cancer Plan. One such mini-grant recipient was the Hardy County Health and Wellness Center. Their project was designed to engage individuals in a minimum of one hundred miles of walking or running and to educate them on outdoor opportunities across the state. Participants used a pedometer to track miles and kept a daily log of the number of steps they took. During the project a total of 48 people completed the program and together they lost a total of 379 pounds, 152 inches, and an average of four percent body fat! They averaged walking at least three miles per day four to five days a week. Even after the program was over most of the participants continued to walk on a regular basis.