- Associated Press - Monday, November 3, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is getting nearly $1.2 million to protect and improve the health of women, children and families across the state.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller say the funding is being awarded to the West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resource’s Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health.

Officials say the goal of that office is to create partnerships with qualified health centers, physicians, health departments and clinics to ensure access to quality medical services.

The money also will be used for early intervention programs to identify newborns at risk of death or those suffering from developmental delays or complications.

Funding also will support a program that provides services to low-income women and infants, as well as programs that supports families and children into adolescent years.

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