On June 21, 2016, West Virginia University, the City of Morgantown and Monongalia County earned Safe Communities accreditation. It is the first time a Safe Community has been comprised of more than one entity, drawing resources and stakeholders from 45 local groups. The West Virginia University and Greater Morgantown Safety Communities Initiative is the 18th accredited Safe Community.
Research shows drug overdoses, suicide, sexual assault and workplace safety are serious issues impacting residents, prompting leaders to develop programs to combat each. Actions include:
- Developing the Simulation Training & Education for Patient Safety (STEPS) program to teach law enforcement how to administer naloxone, an overdose antidote
- Implementing a suicide screening tool developed by the Department of Emergency Medicine
- Creating the LoveWELL program, which uses a peer-to-peer format to empower students to help prevent sexual assault and harassment
- Developing a virtual emergency center to allow first responders, law enforcement and campus personnel to assemble and distribute resources
- Adopting a workplace safety software package that tracks injuries and identifies causes; WVU has seen a drop in workplace injuries over the past five years thanks for this software
This news clip recognizes the community’s work towards accreditation.