The state doesn't keep track of them either.
"With a staff person, we could provide education programs for the rural areas," she said. "Now, if the ADA volunteers do anything, it's in Charleston or Huntington, even though the need is in the rural areas."
In other states, including neighboring Kentucky, the ADA helps organize a statewide diabetes network and supports local groups with speakers and materials. The ADA lobbies legislators and keeps the diabetes community informed of developments.
When the Gazette-Mail started talking with national ADA officials in March, Jim McGowan, the group's advocacy director, said, "There are no plans to reopen a West Virginia office. West Virginia will be serviced out of Kentucky."
Kentucky ADA staffer Lisa Edwards, asked in late March what she does for West Virginia, said, "I'm three hours from there. I can try and get you in touch with someone who's a little more familiar with West Virginia."
She had not visited the state for the ADA, she said.
"It would not be fair to say West Virginia had no service" for the past three years, former ADA national board chairman Stewart Perry said. "We still have our national website, we still have the 800 number, and we still mail brochures to West Virginians who call." Unpaid lobbyist Thom Stephens also "keeps an eye on legislation in West Virginia for us," he said.
Bartfield said in April that West Virginia probably would have an ADA office by fall, perhaps housed inside a program with similar aims, he said, to economize on rent and office expenses.
"We'd love to talk with them about that," said Louise Reese, director of the West Virginia Primary Care Association.
"That's an interesting idea," said Evan Jenkins, director of the West Virginia State Medical Association. "We could roll out the red carpet, and they could come back and get busy."
The ADA might have to help the state diabetes community deal with a crisis immediately. West Virginia faces a 56 percent cut in Centers for Disease Control diabetes funding in 2013, unless something changes, according to Joe Barker, who supervises the prevention effort for the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
"That's the information CDC has given us, as of now," Barker said in early April. "So we'd love to see the ADA come back. There's a lot to do."
Reach Kate Long at katel...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1798.