Drema Hill, PhD, MSP

Vice President for Community Engagement and Development

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

400 Lee Street N A218

Lewisburg, WV 24901


Born and raised in rural Boone County, West Virginia, I am a product of the Appalachian culture. A leader in public health in West Virginia, I serve as the VP for Community Engagement & Development at the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine. I lead a team of health professionals that provide Outreach, Education and community engaged research projects statewide through innovative programs and collaborative partnerships. I am active locally, statewide, nationally and internationally in public health organizations, associations and work groups that support parity, inclusion and representation for all people. I have 35 years of experience in public health, with 25 years in public health administration


  • B.S. Psychology and Sociology West Virginia State University, Institute, WV
  • M.S. Public Service Management Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN
  • PhD. Human Services with Specialty in Health Care Administration, Capella University/Vanderbilt University IRB, Nashville, TN

Positions and Employment:

  • 1980 - 1989 - Social Worker 2, Pediatric Division, Office of Maternal Child & Family Health, West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, Charleston, WV

  • 1989 - 1997 - Director, AIDS Program/Office of Rural Health Policy, West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, Charleston, WV

  • 1997 - 2003 - Section Chief, Infectious Diseases, Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville, TN

  • 2004 - 2010 - CEO, Nashville Health Management Foundation & Comprehensive Care Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

  • 2010 - 2014 - Director, Office of Emergency Medical Services, West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, Charleston, WV

  • 2014 - 2016 - Executive Director, Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Health Department, Parkersburg, WV

  • 2016 - 2019 - Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Education & Executive Director, Center for Rural & Community Health, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), Lewisburg, WV

  • 2019 - Present - Vice-President for Community Engagement & Development, WVSOM, Lewisburg, WV

Other Experience and Professional Memberships:

  • 1991 - 2002 - Member (1991-1999) and Executive Committee Member (1999-2002), National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
  • 1994 - Present - Member, WV Public Health Association
  • 2001 - 2010 - Member, Southern AIDS Coalition
  • 2003 - Present - Member, WV Rural Health Association
  • 2011 - 2014 - Executive Board Member, Committee for the Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
  • 2011 - 2014 - Member, National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Organizations
  • 2011 - 2014 - Member, Emergency Medical Services Mid-Atlantic Council
  • 2014 - 2016 - Member, WV Association of Local Health Departments
  • 2014 - 2016 - Member, National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • 2014 - 2016 - Member, National Association of Boards of Health
  • 2014 - Present - Member, Health Care Administration Section, APHA Policy Committee
  • 2015 - Present - Member, Steering Committee, West Virginia Practice-Based Research Network, Morgantown, WV
  • 2016 - Present - Member, Steering Committee, West Virginia Clinical & Translational Science Institute, Morgantown, WV
  • 2016 - Present - Board Member, Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV
  • 2016 - Present - Vice-Chair, Greenbrier County Board of Health, Ronceverte, WV
  • 2017 - 2019 - Chair, Steering Committee, Rural Response to Opioids
  • 2017 - Present - Steering Committee, Alliance for Economic Development in Southern WV
  • 2018 - Present - Chair, Community Advisory Board, West Virginia University Prevention Research Center, Morgantown, WV. (Member 2015-17 and Vice-Chair 2017-18)
  • 2019 - Present - Member, AACOM Substance Abuse Task Force
  • 2020 - Present - Board Member, WV Drug Intervention Institute, Inc.
  • 2020 - Present - Committee Member, Governor’s Advisory Council on Substance Abuse & Prevention, Implementation Committee
  • 2021 - Present - Member, WV Bureau for Public Health ACE’s WorkGroup


  • 1997 - 2000 - Tennessee AIDS Centers of Excellence Award, Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville, TN
  • 2002 - Peer Quality Award, Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN
  • 2003 - Neil Diehl Award for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Care & Treatment, Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Center, Nashville, TN
  • 2016 - Excellence in Rural Health Award, West Virginia Rural Health Association

Contribution to Science:

     1. My career has focused on working with communities to develop models of prevention education and care/treatment to address infectious diseases, particularly                    HIV/AIDS & HCV. The HIV Youth Peer Education Curriculum was a 1999 partnership project with the WV Department of Education and resulted in a national model                  for youth peer education that is still in use. The 2000 Tennessee AIDS Centers of Excellence was a partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to                             develop and implement an integrated system of care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. It resulted in a drastic change in statewide care and treatment for                               individuals living with HIV/AIDS and a manual that became a national model for care delivery that is still in use in Tennessee. During my tenure as a member of the               Executive Committee of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), I brought together AIDS Directors from thirteen southern states to                   produce a document to make the argument that the AIDS epidemic had moved into the southern states, but the federal funding was still going to large                                       metropolitan areas. This document was presented to Congress and resulted in the reallocation of federal Ryan White CARE Act Title II funds in the 2004 federal                       reauthorization of the CARE Act. A 2008 study of HIV/HCV co-morbidity was completed for my dissertation research. This study contributed to the body of                                   knowledge showing that intervention in the electronic health record to remind infectious diseases specialists to refer co-morbid patients for HCV treatment                             significantly increased referral for treatment and HCV treatment in co-morbid patients.

                    a. HIV Youth Peer Education Curriculum

                    b. Tennessee AIDS Centers of Excellence Manual

                    c. Southern States Manifesto: HIV/AIDS in the South (March 2, 2002). Presented to United States Congress 2003 HIV/HCV co-morbidity:

                    d. A study of clinician referrals for treatment decision (2009). ISBN 9781109083019. Ann Arbor, US.

       2. During my tenure as the Director for the Office of Emergency Medical Services, electronic patient care records were implemented in all ambulances statewide. We                partnered with the University of North Carolina EMS Performance Improvement Center to create a data collection and data storage system to inform care for                            patients utilizing EMS services statewide. This publication was a description of that project and a look at data utilization.

                    a. Electronic Patient-Care Records Implemented for WV EMS. The WV Medical Journal. 107(1):43.

Ongoing Research Support:

GCHA102218SH - Mace & Hurst (PIs) - 01/11/2018-10/31/2021

  • Greenbrier County Health Alliance (GCHA)
  • Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
  • Community Engagement The purpose of this funding is to provide administrative oversight for the GCHA and to engage the Alliance in community participatory research.
  • Role: Co-PI

14-197A-WVSOM; 3U48DP005004-04S1 - Mace & Hurst (Pls) - 10/17/2017-09/29/2019

  • West Virginia University
  • Chronic Pain Self-Management
  • This study was a randomized controlled trial of a community-based chronic pain self-management program in West Virginia.
  • Role: PI

2UG3DA044825 - Feinberg & Smith (PIs) - 08/01/2017-07/31/2020

  • NIDA
  • Rural West Virginia Responds to Opioid Epidemics: from Data to Action
  • The major goals of the initial 2 years (UG3 phase) of this 5-year project were to increase testing for HIV and hepatitis C, support the development of harm reduction programs, and estimate the regional prevalence of HIV and hepatitis C in 8 hard-hit southern counties, in preparation for a 3-year (UH3 phase) model based on these data to improve access and linkage of people who inject drugs to drug treatment, medical & mental health care Role: Site PI and Steering Committee Chair

U54GM104942-02 - Hodder (PI) - 07/01/2017-06/30/2022

  • West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • The overall goal of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) IDeA CTR Program is to serve as a collaborative hub, leading statewide innovation in clinical and translational research to catalyze and accelerate the development of solutions to improve health disparity outcomes. Role: Sub-Award PI (WVSOM)

2017-2021 - SAPT DHHR Mace (PI) - 07/01/2016-06/30/2021

  • Community Connections
  • The goal of this projects is to provide opioid related services in Greenbrier County through schools, churches & community organizations.
  • Role: PI

SOR Professional Development - Mace (PI) - 1/1/2019-Current

  • WV DHHR State Opioid Response
  • The goal of these funds is to provide programmatic support, training and education for health care professionals working with patients with substance use disorder.
  • Role: PI

SOR Prevention & Secondary Prevention - Mace (PI) - 10/1/2019-Current

  • WV DHHR State Opioid Response
  • The goal of these funds is to provide prevention education and secondary prevention related ancillary/ wraparound services for individuals receiving medication assisted treatment for substance use disorder.
  • Role: PI

SOR Technical Assistance - Mace (PI) - 7/1/2019-10/31/2020

  • WV DHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health
  • The goal of these funds was to provide 29 statewide training sessions on various opioid related topics for behavioral health professionals.
  • Role: PI

SOR Treatment - McClung (PD) - 10/1/2019 - Current

  • WV DHHR/Robert C. Byrd Clinic
  • The goal of these funds is to develop and implement a Hub & Spoke model for medication assisted treatment. Role: Program Consultant

MOM Project - O’Connell (PI) - 7/1/2020 - Current

  • Marshall University
  • The purpose of this collaborative project is to develop and disseminate guidelines for physicians relative to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) infants in WV.
  • Role: PD

Completed Research Support:

SP022145 - Mace - 09/01/2019-08/31/2020

  • ​​​​​​​WV DHHS Prescription Drug Overdose Program Toolkits (PDO)
  • The goal of this project is to replicate the Greenbrier County Opioid Prevention and Awareness Toolkit in other counties in West Virginia. To date, replication has occurred in the 10 hardest hit counties in WV. Currently, 6 regional toolkits were created for WV Prevention regions.
  • Role: PI