2019 OVHEC Conference
Current Trends in Community Health
About the Trainers
Alfgeir L. Kristijansson, PhD, MSc
Director, PhD Program - West Virginia University
Dr. Kristjansson is an Associate Professor of Public Health at West Virginia University. The central focus of his work is on the health, behavioral development and well-being of children and youth with particular attention to substance use prevention and community health promotion. In his talk, Dr. Kristjansson will emphasize the role of community in decreasing the odds of substance use initiation among youth and how Iceland, his home country, has altered the state of youth substance use through a collaborative model.
Diana Bell, LSW, MAEd
Case Management Supervisor - Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center
Diana has been employed with Catholic Charities WV for over four years and has held the positions of Assistant Director of Programming, Center Coordinator and Case Management Supervisor. Diana is a Doctorate student at Marshall University and is an adjunct professor at West Liberty University.
Specializing in program development, community advocacy and race relations Diana has been a committed activist within the local and state arena. Taking the lead in several pilot programs her current endeavors include working with the homeless, disadvantaged and other marginalized populations.
With the current programming to assist those who are raising children for others, RAP is intended to bridge the knowledge gap and provide valuable assistance to struggling families.