The Virginia Health Care Foundation recently awarded grants totaling nearly $2 million to 19 health safety net organizations throughout Virginia.

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) recently awarded grants totaling nearly $2 million to 19 health safety net organizations throughout Virginia to increase access to medical care, behavioral health, and dental services for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians.

Grantees and projects awarded follow:

Primary Medical Care

  • Mel Leaman Free Clinic – $72,106 to hire a full-time Physician Assistant (PA) to increase patient capacity and expand the medical clinic’s hours to meet growing demand.
  • Neighborhood Health – $133,800 to hire a part-time Family Physician and a part-time Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to expand patient capacity at its primary health clinic in Arlington.
  • Orange County Free Clinic – $60,000 to hire an additional part-time Nurse Practitioner (NP). This will allow the clinic to permanently increase patient capacity and begin offering women’s health services, including well exams and Pap smears.
  • Richmond City Health District: Broad Rock Community Center – $18,698 to support women’s health services, health screenings, educational classes, and referrals to health safety net providers and other medical services at the expanded resource center.

Behavioral Health Care

  • VCU’s Hayes E. Willis Health Center – $32,039 to support the salary and benefits of a part-time bilingual Child Psychologist, a part-time Adult Primary Care Psychologist, and a part-time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) to provide integrated behavioral health and medical services as part of the Center’s innovative multi-disciplinary partnership with VCU’s Department of Psychology and Department of Family Medicine.

Dental Care

  • Free Clinic of Central Virginia – $91,478 to hire a part-time Dentist and part-time Dental Hygienist and increase existing staff’s hours. The additional staff supported by this grant will allow the Free Clinic of Central Virginia to expand dental services by three additional days each week.
  • Neighborhood Health – $241,274 to support the salary and benefits of a full-time dentist, a full-time dental assistant, and a part-time dental hygienist. The additional staff will allow NH to offer full-time dental services in addition to its core medical and behavioral health services.
  • Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems – $200,000 to purchase equipment to outfit three new dental operatories at the new, expanded Tazewell Community Health Center opening in 2018.

Greater Williamsburg Medication Access Program:

The following grants were made possible through a partnership with the Greater Williamsburg Medication Access Program (GWAMP), a signature initiative of the Williamsburg Health Foundation in partnership with VHCF.  These grants support the salaries of part-time medication assistance caseworkers who help uninsured patients obtain lifesaving free and low-cost medicines.

  • Lackey Clinic – $121,352
  • Olde Towne Medical & Dental Clinic – $105,814
  • Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic – $93,218
  • Colonial Behavioral Health – $17,129

FAMIS Outreach and Enrollment:

The following grants support local application assisters who help enroll eligible children in Virginia’s state sponsored health insurance programs (FAMIS) via outreach and education activities.

  • Cumberland Plateau Health District – $103,084
  • Neighborhood Health – $96,186
  • Norfolk Department of Public Health – $78,224
  • Chesapeake Health Department – $70,000
  • Chesterfield Health District – $61,991
  • Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health & Wellness – $59,301
  • Carillion Clinic – $53,237