Marshall University: 2021-2022 Capacity-Building Grants Cycle

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Grant 1: The West Virginia Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)
Expansion Program Grant


African Americans in West Virginia have a rich and diverse history dating back to the early settlement period prior to the Civil War (West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, 2020). Similar to other states, African Americans are disproportionately impacted by chronic diseases in West Virginia, experiencing significantly higher mortality rates than their Caucasian counterparts in diabetes, health disease, and cancer and are disproportionally impacted by COVID-19. 


The primary goal of this funding is to reduce the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes and hypertension among African Americans living in West Virginia by strengthening community-clinical linkages. With support from the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Family and Community Health at Marshall University will provide organizations that provide programs and services to predominately African American communities with a $10,000award and technical assistant to implement activities that strengthen community-clinical linkages.


Awardees will be required to complete the following deliverables by June 29, 2023.

  • Designate one staff person who will serve as the primary contact person.

  • Have a minimum of two staff complete at least 1 hour of distance learning modules on the WVU learning software system or the Appalachian Diabetes Network YouTube page. 

  • Conduct a community needs assessment with community members. We will provide the community needs assessment.

  • Complete focus group facilitator training and co-facilitate one focus group. Please include $450.00 in your budget for focus group incentives. We anticipate the incentives to be $75.00 per person for a group of six people.

  • Plan and implement one virtual town hall meeting to engage racial and/or ethnic minorities, faith partners, healthcare, and community-based organizations in meaningful conversations that will lead to effective solutions for implementing culturally relevant chronic disease prevention and self-management programs in your community. 

  • Implement at least one chronic disease prevention or self-management program (i.e., healthy eating, physical activity, self-measured blood pressure, diabetes education program, etc.) that is culturally appropriate with a special focus on diabetes and cardiovascular health. See the Appendix for examples of chronic disease prevention and/or self-management programs. This is not an all-inclusive list of options. 

  • Establish a referral system or expand referrals in partnership with WV Health Connection.

  • Participate in quarterly meetings to share successes, lessons learned, and barriers.

  • Submit quarterly progress reports.


Funding may be used towards the following:

  • Personnel (no more than 10% of award)

  • Travel

  • Program supplies and materials

  • Other reasonable costs associated with program implementation

Funding may not be used towards

  • Research

  • Direct patient care (clinical)

  • Furniture or equipment

  • Reimbursement of pre-award costs

  • Publicity, propaganda, salaries or expenses related to influencing legislation


Community based organizations and healthcare providers that provide services and programs to communities that have significant populations of racial and/or ethnic minorities in West Virginia are eligible to apply.  



  1. Cover page and budget

  2. Project application

  3. W9



The application should be no more than 5 pages, double spaced, with a minimum font of 12 and must include the following:  

  1. Describe your target patient population, community, and/or county. Descriptions may include the race and ethnicity demographics, county or community demographics, barriers to care, county level health statistics, health statistics for diabetes, heart attack, stroke, access to healthy foods, and access to physical activity options.

  2. Describe the chronic disease prevention or self-management program (i.e., healthy eating, physical activity, self-measured blood pressure, diabetes education program, etc.) that you plan to implement with your target population with a special focus on diabetes and cardiovascular health. See the Appendix for examples and resources. 

  3. How many participants do you intend to reach? 

  4. Explain how you plan to measure the success of your program. What is your evaluation plan? 

  5. Describe your plan for sustaining the program(s) after the funding period.



Applications are due by 5:00 pm EST on June 6, 2022. You will be able to submit your application on the WV Health Connection website at Notification of awards will be sent out by June 9, 2022. The project implementation timeline will be 12 months and activities must be completed by June 29, 2023. 



We will host an information session on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 1:00 pm (EST). The information will be recorded and available on our YouTube page. If you have additional questions or would like additional information, please contact Shelia Plogger at


Information Session Link

Meeting ID: 816 0573 0666

Passcode: 084136

Conference call number is (301)715-8592. Enter the Meeting ID and passcode. 

Marshall University
Capacity-Building Grants
Contact Information

Shelia Plogger

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