Community Health Students Implement Projects in Richwood

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Students from Fairmont State University’s Community Health Education Program will travel to Richwood, W.Va., to continue their work helping residents who were affected by the June 2016 flood. Students previously visited Richwood in October and December 2016 and identified health and safety needs of Richwood residents.

Students will travel to Richwood on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The public is invited to the food pantry located at 44 East Main St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn more about a variety of health topics. Nutrition, respiratory health, heart health, physical activity and mental health will be just a few of the topics discussed.

“I chose to focus on the mental health of mothers in Richwood specifically those with younger children. The overall goal is to assist mothers in becoming advocates for their mental health, as well as the mental health of those around them,” said Candice Travis, Community Health Education student.

Other student projects on April 27 will include service activities, such as cleaning up debris along streams, yard cleanup and other beautification projects. One student’s project is focused on discussing opportunities for community garden projects in Richwood.

The Fairmont State community has contributed donations in support of Richwood including non-perishable food and household items.  These will be distributed at the food pantry from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students participating on April 27 include: Ahmed Alsheri, Brianna Blake, Nikki Bland, Sabrina Buhagiar, Madeline Hamilton, Claire Shook, Candice Travis and Amber Trickett. Fairmont State employees assisting with the students’ projects include Dr. Amy Sidwell and Dr. Janie Leary.

For more information on the FSU Community Health Education program, visit