Evonne Richards, MEd, MPH

Research Director

Center for Rural and Community Health

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

400 Lee Street N A218

Lewisburg, WV 24901

Email: erichards@osteo.wvsom.edu

Office: 304-793-6875

I believe my purpose is helping others become their best selves individually so our communities can become the best collectively. This comes through education initiatives like the Community Health Worker program developed by the Center for Rural and Community Health at WVSOM and through grant funded opportunities and projects.


  • M.P.H, Health Promotion,  West Coast University, Los Angeles, California
  • M.Ed., Learning & Technology (now referred to as M. Ed., Instructional Design), Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • B.A., Public Relations & Advertising; minor in business administration, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Survival Skills for Women, Facilitator
  • Quality Matters Online Learning Certification
  • WVSOM Bridge Leadership Program
  • NIATx Change Leader Academy, University of Wisconsin

Research & Scholarly Activity:

Oral and Poster Presentations

  • Richards, E., Holt, B., Jasperse, A. (2022, May 6-7). Challenges and Opportunities: An Analysis of the Diabetes Education Program in Greenbrier County 2021 [Poster presentation]. West Virginia Practice Based Research Network Annual Retreat.
  • Richards, E., (2021 October 20 - 22) A Survey of Attitudes and Opinions on Social Determinants of Health and Their Implications on Health Equity in Two West Virginia Minority Communities; [Poster presentation] West Virginia Rural Health Conference
  • Richards, E. (2015 April) American Association of Osteopathic Medical Colleges and Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators joint conference; Session Presentation: Students and Faculty Can Learn through Osmosis! Fort Lauderdale, Florida



  • WVSOM President’s Award of Excellence 2007, 2009, 2011
  • WVSOM Community Service Award
  • Honors thesis project: Using Avatars and Second Life to Teach Interprofessional Education Virtually at a Stand Alone Medical School