West Virginia - Northern Panhandle

Melissa Wheeler , Bureau for Public Health
Tel: 304-558-4382 | 1-888-442-3456
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Hugging the Ohio River, this area of the Northern Panhandle remembers its history: The ancient Adena people who built a conical mound more than 2,000 years ago; the pioneer families and adventures making their way west along the National Road; the boom that spawned extravagant Victorian homes in Wheeling and Sistersville. Today, that history melds with the new Northern Panhandle, as exciting as those days long past, but now filled with the pleasures of today; great country music, wonderful family resorts and parks, outdoor adventure on the rivers, arts and culture, gracious dining and accommodations.

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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