WVSMA Annual Meeting in the Books

WVSMA Annual Meeting August 25, 2019
The Greenbrier Resort
White Sulphur Springs, WV

The West Virginia State Medical Association finished its Annual Meeting last week.  As the largest gathering of physicians in the State, it left participants energized and ready to work.  The conference goers were more amazed by the star studded lineup than the spectacular Greenbrier Resort or majestic Greenbrier Valley.  This year’s theme was “The Year of Giving Back”.

The Friday morning sessions began with a welcome video from U.S. Senator Joe Manchin who thanked the WVSMA for working with him on the recent Jesse’s Law followed by Dr. Lorenzo Pence and Dr. Bob Foster who gave informative talks on Osteopathic Medicine in the 21st century.  Followed by the wildly popular “Lunch with the Deans” who gave updates on what West Virignia’s medical schools are working on right now and how they work together.  On top of other Friday topics, West Virginia’s Legislative Leadership addressed the crowd and took even the toughest of questions from the WVSMA membership.

Congresswoman Carol Miller opened the Saturday session that had a panel discussion on public health issues in West Virginia.  Dr. Rahul Gupta of the March of Dimes updated the membership on maternal & child health.  The afternoon’s festivities were punctuated by Dr. Sherri Young.  Dr. Young gave a riveting speech after being introduced by this video: https://wi.st/2ztX079.  She brought tears and a standing ovation.  There were other presentations in the afternoon, including Dr. Brooke Buckley’s discussion on emotional intelligence.  The education sessions ended on a true high note with a keynote address by Dr. Peter Salk on public health issues.  

The culmination of the event was the Mako Medical Gala that had Dr. Patrice Harris address the crowd. Dr. Harris is a Mercer County native, WVU Graduate, and current President of the American Medical Association. Justice Evan Jenkins administered the oath of office to WVSMA’s 2019-2020 leadership including Dr. Young who took the reigns as President.

Published by Danny Scalise

Danny Franklin Scalise, II is the Executive Director and Chief Lobbyist of the West Virginia State Medical Association and its subsidiary organizations as well as a professor of Health Policy at the West Virginia University School of Public Health. He is considered one of the leading health policy experts in West Virginia and is a passionate advocate for public health. Scalise has been a public policy adviser to two Governors. He is well known across West Virginia as a problem solver and a great student of West Virginia politics & the legislative process. As part of the Manchin administration, Danny was the Recovery Czar in West Virginia managing $1.8 billion in grants and entitlement funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
 Danny earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 2002, his Master of Business Administration from West Virginia University in 2005, and his Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy in 2018. In 2016 he became Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He has been published on and regularly speaks on issues of public health, health policy, and local health department governance & organizational structure. Danny sits on the Board of Directors for the Thomas Health System in South Charleston, WV and in 2019 Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin appointed him to serve on the Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health which governs the largest and first PHAB Accredited Health Department in West Virginia. 
 Danny has been recognized by Opportunity Nation in 2013 as part of their national Opportunity Leaders & Scholars program and was awarded the “Health Administration Rising Star” by the American Public Health Association in 2016. He is a 2012 Leadership West Virginia graduate, was on the State Journal’s 2016 Generation Next: 40 under 40 list, was named a 2019 Young Gun by West Virginia Executive Magazine, and was given the 2019 Advocacy Award by the West Virginia Immunization Network for his work to protect West Virginia’s childhood immunization laws. Since joining in 2007, Danny has been an active participant in Mensa.

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