The Division of Prevention & Wellness (DPW), previously the Division of Health Promotion, was formed in May 2007
to establish wellness activities for the residents of Kanawha County and the City of Charleston. The DPW plans,
implements and evaluates policies, strategies and initiatives to promote healthy lifestyles that is supported by
evidence based knowledge of prevention and wellness theories.
KCHD serves on various boards, coalitions, advisory panels and teams to further enhance the health of our
residents while coordinating program activities with professional and lay groups interested in making communities
The DPW works with legislators and other public officials for increased recognition of preventative and wellness
issues including policy and environmental changes, which have a positive impact on the health of our community.