West Virginia - Mountaineer Country

Melissa Wheeler , Bureau for Public Health
Tel: 304-558-4382 | 1-888-442-3456
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Start with the descendants of European immigrants who came in the 19th and 20th centuries to mine coal, lay railroads, cut timber and build factories. Add the flock of mountain bikers, hikers, rafters, kayakers, rock climbers and nature lovers who come for the mountains, rivers, lakes and trails. The rolling hills of Mountaineer Country help to preserve the area’s rich mountain customs and old world style. Parks and forests offer scenic overlooks and virgin forests virtually untouched by mankind. Home to research, development and academic tradition, the region is rich in captivating cultural events, fairs, festivals and living history programs.

West Virginia coordinates and administers the J-1 Visa waivers through the two Federal programs; the Appalachian Regional Commission J-1 Visa Waivers and the Department of State "Conrad 30" Program.

When applying using the Appalachian Regional Commission program physician’s request must be sponsored by a state located within the Appalachian Region. The physician must agree to provide primary clinical care for 40 hours per week at a site located in a Health Professional Shortage Area. West Virginia’s J-1 Visa Waiver Program requires a three year service obligation

For the Department of State “Conrad 30” Program physicians must agree to provide medical care for a minimum of 40 hours per week in either a Health Professional Shortage Area or a Medically Underserved Area. Sub-specialists and specialists are allowed to participate in this program, in addition to primary care providers. West Virginia J-1 Visa Waiver Program requires a 3 year service obligation.

J1 Contact Information

Bethlhem Amare, Bureau for Public Health
Office of Community and Rural Health Services
West Virginia State Office of Rural Health
350 Capitol Street, Room 515
Charleston, WV 25301-3716
Phone: 304-558-4382
Fax: 304-558-1437
bethlhem.s.amare@wv.gov

Melissa Wheeler , Bureau for Public Health
Office of Community and Rural Health Services
Division of Rural Health & Recruitment
350 Capitol Street, Room 515
Charleston, WV 25301-3716
Phone: 304-558-4382 | 1-888-442-3456
Fax: 304-558-1437
Melissa.S.Wheeler@wv.gov

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