Workforce Initiatives

The most critical factor in making treatment available to uninsured and medically underserved Virginians is having a sufficient number of doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers and other health professionals in all corners of the Commonwealth.

How VHCF is helping

Utilizing a multi-pronged approach to help increase the number of providers in Virginia’s medically underserved areas, VHCF has:

  • Given $13 million in grant funding to community health centers throughout the state to hire medical, dental and mental health personnel;
  • Enabled 27 free clinics to increase patient capacity by hiring nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants;
  • Provided the financial wherewithal to attract more mental health professionals to rural areas.
  • Completed comprehensive surveys of Virginia behavioral health workforce issues, receiving input from Community Health Centers, Community Services Boards, Free Clinics, and Nurse Practitioners

In addition, VHCF-funded providers serve as training sites for a variety of health professions students. More than 6,500 students have participated in clinical experiences as a result of VHCF funding.

VHCF also is helping Virginia colleges and universities initiate innovative approaches to training health professionals, from underwriting dental preceptorships at free clinics to funding a program that pairs psychology doctoral students with medical residents to provide mental health care at an ambulatory care clinic.

Changing Lives

Stony Creek Community Health Center

With funds from VHCF, Stony Creek Community Health Center added a new physician to their staff in an effort to boost the number of providers in Sussex County, a health professional shortage area. This physician is the second physician in this quickly growing practice.

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