Virginia Health Care Foundation Awards Over $2.4 Million in Grants to Help Uninsured

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has awarded grants to 20 health safety net organizations throughout Virginia to increase access to medical care, and behavioral and oral health services, for uninsured  and medically underserved Virginians. In addition, VHCF has awarded 8 grants to underwrite initiatives designed to enroll more eligible children in state-sponsored health insurance.

Grantees and projects awarded follow:

Population Health (Taking Aim, Improving Health Initiative)

  • Eastern Shore Rural Health System – $102,000 for a full-time RN Complex Care Manager to coordinate care for uninsured, uncontrolled diabetic or asthmatic patients who are high utilizers of inpatient or Emergency Department services of Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.
  • Free Medical Clinic of the Northern Shenandoah Valley – $171,746 for a Public Health Nurse and four Community Health Workers to provide services that decrease inpatient and Emergency Department use at Winchester Medical Center for uninsured and low-income patients.
  • Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic – $125,575 for a full-time Health Care Coach and a part-time Care Coordinator to improve exchange of information and ensure more comprehensive care for high-utilizers of area hospitals.
  • Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness – $93,823 for two Community Health Advocates that will provide care coordination and related services to improve health outcomes of uninsured patients to reduce Emergency Department use and readmissions.
  • New Horizons Healthcare – $159,255 for four part-time Community Health Workers that will replicate the HUB Pathways Model that will identify and address barriers to health for uninsured and low-income hypertensive patients.
  • Norton Community Hospital – $205,200 for two Care Coordinators and a mobile Community Health Worker to address social and medical needs of uninsured individuals with high utilization of Norton or Lonesome Pines Emergency Departments with goal to reduce admissions.

 

Dental

  • Bland County Medical Clinic – $55,607 to purchase dental X-ray equipment that will save time and increase resources.
  • Fauquier Free Clinic – $28,749 for a part-time dentist to expand dental services.
  • Free Clinic of Central Virginia – $121,971 for a part-time dentist, part-time dental hygienist, and a full-time dental assistant to expand the dental program’s days of operation and increase the numbers of patients served.
  • Lackey Free Clinic – $42,120 for a part-time dentist to expand the dental program’s hours of operation and patient capacity.
  • New Horizons Healthcare – $94,500 for a position of a full-time dentist/dental director’s salary.

 

Medical

  • Mel Leaman Free Clinic – $80,000 for a full-time Physician Assistant to add needed patient capacity and expand medical clinic hours.
  • Richmond City Health District – $24,930 for the nurse practitioner program at its Health Resource Center at the Broad Rock Community Center and $19,283 for the nurse practioner program at its Health Resource Center in Gilpin Court.

 

Mental Health

  • Central Virginia Health Services – $125,000 for a full-time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to expand behavioral health services to pediatric and adult patients.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Hayes E. Willis Heath Center – $42,719 for a part-time bilingual child psychologist, a part-time adult primary care psychologist, and a part-time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to provide integrated behavioral health services to adults and children in partnership with the VCU Department of Psychology.

 

Greater Williamsburg Medication Access Program

(All grants below are awarded through an initiative of the Williamsburg Health Foundation in partnership with VHCF to increase access to prescription medications by hiring Medication Access Caseworkers (MACs) who use The Pharmacy Connection (TPC) software to obtain free medications from drug companies’ Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) and low-cost generics)

  • Colonial Behavioral Health – $20,415
  • Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic – $93,218
  • Lackey Clinic – $119,527
  • Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center – $104,353

 

Child Health Insurance

(All grants below are awarded to increase the enrollment of children in the state-sponsored health insurance programs FAMIS and FAMIS Plus)

  • Cumberland Plateau Health District – $103,084
  • Inova Partnership for Healthier Kids – $187,948
  • Neighborhood Health – $96,186
  • Carilion Clinic – $70,000
  • Chesterfield Health District – $48,799
  • Sentara Medical Group – $61,300

 

Since its inception, VHCF has funded 380 community-based projects across the Commonwealth, and its programs and partnerships have touched the lives of more than 600,000 uninsured Virginians.