Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health Donate $5.5M for Medicaid Expansion, Community Health Clinics and Food Bank Across Virginia

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Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health donated $5.5 million to four nonprofit organizations supporting community health clinics and food banks across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The grants will support needs stemming from Medicaid expansion and address social determinants affecting the health and well-being of low-income Virginians, including access to care, behavioral health, opioid addiction and food insecurity. Recipient organizations are the Virginia Community Healthcare Association, Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, Virginia Health Care Foundation and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. These four organizations will oversee distribution of the donations across 28 Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHCs), several charity and community clinics to provide medical homes for Medicaid expansion enrollees and new behavioral health services, and numerous food banks and pantries across the Commonwealth.

Pictured left to right: Dian Calderone, Chairman of Sentara Healthcare; Dan Carey, Secretary of Health & Human Resources; Eddie Oliver, Executive Director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks; Deborah Oswalt, Executive Director of the Virginia Health Care Foundtion; Linda Wilkinson, CEO of the Virginia Association of Free & Charitable Clinics; Howard Kern, CEO of Sentara Healthcare; Neal Graham, CEO of the Virginia Community Healthcare Association; and Christopher Bailey, Executive Vice President of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.