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 Cancer 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 for 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 200 health care professionals, volunteers, cancer survivors and community advocates representing over 150 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
Wheeling Health Right’s FARMacy program.
Their project was designed to encourage behavior changes and healthier nutritional profiles for these low income women who have been diagnosed with chronic illness. FARMacy provides education & access to healthy foods through a series of classes that offer discussions & hands-on activities about food, nutrition, & cooking. During the grant cycle FARMacy participants achieved great results that are listed below.
- 59% maintained or improved their Total Cholesterol
- 47% maintained or improved their HDL
- 45% maintained or improved their LDL
- 27% of participants, more than 1 in 4, maintained or improved their Hemoglobin A1C level
Another way that Mountains of Hope works with the local communities is Living Beyond Cancer, a Support Group that is administered by staff affiliated with WVUCI Cancer Prevention and Control and is funded by a grant from the WV Bureau for Public Health in collaboration with Mountains of Hope, West Virginia’s cancer control coalition.
The Living Beyond Cancer Support Group is a free, closed membership forum that provides online support and information for people currently receiving cancer treatment, those who have completed cancer treatment, and their caregivers.