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History & Team

In October of 2014, a group of providers from six federally qualified health centers (Cabin Creek Health Systems, FamilyCare, Lincoln Primary Care, New River Health Association, Valley Health Systems, and Wirt Health Services Association) and one academic medical center (Charleston Area Medical Center Family Medicine) formed a primary care network dedicated to finding creative solutions to community health issues. The WVACHS has been maturing from that point to include additional primary care systems, organizations, and researchers. The network is a mixture of health care providers, health care administrators, and academic researchers. It was brought together by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission with funding and support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

The WVACHS became an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality registered practice-based research network in August, 2020 and became certified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in May, 2021. 

We love our communities and state, find great value in our work, and feel confident that together we can make significant impact on priority health issues in our state and region.
Our Team

Meet the Team


Joanna Bailey, MD

Board Certified Family Physician, Tug River Health Association;

Board of Directors, WVACHS


Adam Baus, PhD, MA, MPH

Research Assistant Professor, West Virginia University School of Public Health; Director, Office of Health Services Research;

Executive Director, WVACHS


Laura Boone, JD

Senior Program Officer, Pallotine Foundation of Huntington


Jennifer Boyd, PA-C

Physician Assistant, New River Health Association; Co-Director, WVPBRN;

Board of Directors and Chair, WVACHS


Carolyn Canini

Director of Behavioral Health Program, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

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Martha Carter, DHSc, MBA, APRN, CNM

Former CEO, FamilyCare

Board of Directors and Treasurer, WVACHS


Amber Crist, MS

Chief Operating Officer, Cabin Creek Health Systems;

Board of Directors, WVACHS


Daniel Doyle, MD

Family Physician, Cabin Creek Health Systems

Board of Directors, WVACHS


Michael Grome, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant who practiced with Lincoln Primary Care


Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB

Associate Dean, Research and Sponsored Programs, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine;

Board of Directors, WVACHS


Sarah Hansen, APRN, AGNP-BC

Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Cabin Creek Health Systems;

Board of Directors, WVACHS


Tracy Hendershot, MD

Family Physician, Camden-Clark Primary Care


Connor Levy, MPH

Medical student, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine


Mary Ann Maurer, DO

Family Medicine Specialist, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, West Virginia University Health Sciences Charleston Campus

Board of Directors, WVACHS


Kevin McCann, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Health, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University

Board of Directors, WVACHS

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Alexandra Persily, BS

Medical student, University of Virginia School of Medicine


Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN

Senior Director of Health Sciences, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Board of Directors, WVACHS


April L. Vestal, MPH

Director, West Virginia University Institute for Community & Rural Health

Board of Directors, WVACHS


Robert Walker, MD

Consultant to the Division of Health Sciences, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Board of Directors, WVACHS


Mathew Weimer, MD

Family Physician and Chief Quality Officer, Valley Health Systems

Board of Directors and Secretary, WVACHS

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