Our health services include family health, gynecology, pediatrics, behavioral health, and dental health. By offering a variety of services from our convenient locations, you can get the health care you need all in one place!
If you need your housing counseling certificate, help with budget management, guidance on a foreclosure, or down payment & closing cost assistance, we can help! See our housing programs listed under our Community Services tab for more details about these programs.
Our emergency services provide financial assistance as well as information to help individuals obtain self-sufficiency through utility assistance, domestic violence services, child abuse/neglect services. Visit our emergency services tab to see all the programs we provide to help get you back on your feet.
Through our income management programs, we can provide tax assistance through our VITA program, education to be financially healthy, and case management to those who qualify and may need a number of our services to get back on the right track.
What is CHANGE, Inc.?
CHANGE, Inc. is a community action agency that serves northern West Virginia (Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, and Marshall Counties) and Jefferson County, Ohio as well as surrounding communities providing various programs and services to those in need.
CHANGE, Inc. Mission Statement:
CHANGE, Inc. builds partnerships, consolidates resources, and integrates services to empower families to overcome the causes of poverty and live healthy lives.
History of CHANGE, Inc.
CHANGE, Inc. (Christians Helping Arrange New Growth Enterprises) Community Action Agency was formed in 1983 by a handful of clergy members who wished to aid families affected by layoffs from Weirton Steel find new employment. Since that time, we have grown into a full-circle agency, addressing many of the needs of the economically disadvantaged. With over 30 years of operation, the belief of empowering families is still strong within the agency.
What is Community Action?
The concept of “community action” was originally conceived as part of the War on Poverty Program launched by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Community Action objectives focused on enabling people to achieve self-sufficiency and providing them with the resources to achieve that goal, and the concept of community action, people working together to help people, became widely known throughout the Northern Panhandle. As the concept grew, additional services were developed and interest continued to grow in the community.
The Promise of Community Action: Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
Introducing Our New CEO
CHANGE, Inc., is pleased to announce the confirmation of Lisa Mowry as CEO. Mowry will guide the organization in its continued mission to build partnerships, consolidate resources, and integrate services to empower families to overcome the causes of poverty and live healthy lives.
An experienced leader, Mowry will succeed Judy Raveaux assuming responsibilities on January 1, 2022. After 39 years with CHANGE, Inc., Raveaux has retired.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from West Liberty University in 2002, Mowry joined CHANGE, Inc. in March 2004 as Development Coordinator. For the next 14 years, Lisa secured over 350 grants, totaling more than $35 million in funding from foundations, corporations, state and federal sources to support the growth of CHANGE, Inc.’s 30 plus programs, including working alongside Raveaux and other management to obtain the HRSA 330 grant.
In 2018, Mowry accepted the position of Compliance Manager, overseeing the Risk Management, Compliance, HIPAA, and 340B Programs, as well as becoming the Manager of the Customer Resource Coordinators. Lisa is a Certified Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) Implementer and Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP), spending the past 18 years working as an organization leader, and is excited to lead CHANGE, Inc. into the future.
CHANGE, Inc. HRSA Recognition
CHANGE, Inc. Awarded Community Health Center Quality Recognition (CHQR) Badges
The CHQR badges recognize Health Center Program awardees that have made notable quality improvement achievements in the areas of access, quality, health equity, and health information technology for the most recent UDS reporting period. Additionally, COVID-19 badges were introduced to recognize health centers’ contributions to the public health emergency response in the areas of data collection, testing, and vaccinations.
CHANGE, Inc. was recently awarded 4 new badges including 2 recognizing efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic including the “COVID-19 Data Reporter” recognizing our supporting data for public health emergencies with response rates of 90% or more to the weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey from April 10, 2020 to July 2, 2021, and the “COVID-19 Vaccinations” badge for administering vaccines to more than 70% of our 2020 reported patient populations from April 10 to July 2, 2021.
The “Advancing HIT for Quality” badge for meeting all criteria to optimize HIT (Health Information Technology) services that advance telehealth, patient engagement, interoperability, and collection of social determinants of health to increase access to care and advance quality of care.
“Patient Centered Medical Home” (PCMH) recognition. The patient-centered medical home is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care. PCMHs build better relationships between patients and their clinical care teams.
Research shows that PCMHs improve quality and the patient experience, and increase staff satisfaction—while reducing health care costs. Practices that earn recognition have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement and a patient-centered approach to care.
Board of Directors
CHANGE, Inc. is expanding its Board of Directors and seeking new members with diverse perspectives and backgrounds to join our collaborative leadership team. CHANGE, Inc. is a community action agency that serves northern West Virginia (Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, and Marshall Counties) and Jefferson County, Ohio as well as surrounding communities providing various programs and services to those in need.
Our mission is “to build partnerships, consolidates resources, and integrates services to empower families to overcome the causes of poverty and live healthy lives.”
Are you a strategic thinker and community minded individual with a passion for community action? If so, the CHANGE, Inc. Board of Directors may be the right place for you. The Board is comprised of community members who represent the individuals our agency serves, in terms of demographic factors, patient status, economic status and connection to the service area. This model ensures that board members represent the needs and voice of the community.
Board members must represent the Public, Private and Low-Income sectors.
- Public Members, are those who are public officials or appointed by public officials.
- Low-Income Members, are those who are considered low-income (living under 200% of the federal poverty line), live in a low-income designated area, represent a low-income neighborhood or population, or have been elected by an agency serving a low-income population, such as PTA, faith-based group, policy council or general election to represent a low-income neighborhood or population.
- Private Members, represent the community and demonstrate expertise in fiscal management, social service or other business areas.
At Least 51% of members must be patients served by Family Medical Care. (Or the parent of a patient). Board Members must represent the population served by the agency in factors such as race, ethnicity, gender and economic status.
- Each Board Member is elected to fill a 3-year term.
- Each Board Member is expected to regularly attend 12 general board meetings a year.
- Meetings are scheduled for the 4th Monday of every month at 11:30 AM.
If interested in joining please call 304-797-7733 for more information or complete the Potential Board Member Application and return to 3158 West Street, Weirton, WV 26062 to the attention of Lisa Mowry.
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