Virginia Health Care Foundation Awards Over $2.1 Million to Increase Access to Health Care

Virginia Health Care Foundation Awards Over $2.1 Million
to Increase Access to Health Care

[Richmond, VA, June 29, 2019] – The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has awarded grants totaling over $2.1 million to 18 organizations throughout Virginia. Some will help those newly eligible for Medicaid and FAMIS health insurance apply. Others will increase medical, dental, behavioral health, and medication assistance for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians.

Grantees and projects awarded follow:

Primary Medical Care

  • Bradley Free Clinic (BFC) – $103,000 to hire its first-ever full time provider. This grant allows BFC to increase clinic hours five-fold, and better prepares BFC to serve the Roanoke community.
  • Central Virginia Health Services (CVHS) – $93,750 to help support a full-time physician to expand patient capacity at the Westmoreland Medical Center and make primary care more accessible in rural Westmoreland County.
  • Greater Prince William Community Health Center (GPWCHC) – $128,068 to support the addition of a full-time family nurse practitioner (FNP) or physician assistant (PA) to expand capacity at the Evergreen Health Center facility.
  • Neighborhood Health (NH) – $74,279 to support a full-time nurse practitioner (NP) to treat patients at the East Glebe and Arlington County Department of Human Services sites.
  • Orange County Free Clinic (OCFC) – $33,750 to support a part-time nurse practitioner (NP).

Dental Care

  • Arlington Free Clinic (AFC) – $131,872 to fund expanded dental staffing at its newly-created dental clinic. This grant allows AFC to increase its dental patient capacity and broaden its dental hygiene services to improve access to oral health care for residents of Arlington.
  • Daily Planet Health Services (DPHS) – $153,504 to fund a dentist at its site in South Richmond. This grant allows DPHS to decrease wait times and expand its capacity to treat patients.

Mental Health Care

  • Central Virginia Health Services at Hopewell-Prince George Community Health Center (CVHS) (HPG) – $150,000 to place a full-time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the HPG site to expand the behavioral health services available to patients.
  • Youth For Tomorrow (YFT) – $50,000 to fund one full-time behavioral health (BH) clinician to staff a newly-opened behavioral health site in Fauquier County.
  • Shenandoah Community Health Clinic (SCHC) – $97,500 to support two full-time behavioral health clinicians.

Medicaid/FAMIS Outreach & Enrollment

  • Cumberland Plateau Health District (CPHD) – $103,084 to support two Project Connect Outreach Workers who will help enroll eligible Southwest Virginias in the Medicaid/FAMIS public health insurance programs.
  • INOVA Partnership for Healthier Kids (IPHK) – $197,101 to support three full-time and two part-time Project Connect Outreach Workers who will help enroll eligible residents of Fairfax and Prince William Counties, and the City of Alexandria, in the Medicaid/FAMIS public health insurance programs.
  • Neighborhood Health (NH) – $189,461 to support four Project Connect Outreach Workers who will help enroll eligible residents of Alexandria, Arlington and southern Fairfax County in Virginia’s Medicaid/FAMIS programs.
  • Norfolk Department of Public Health (NDPH) – $141,224 to support two Project Connect Outreach Workers who will help enroll eligible Virginians from the Hampton Roads area in the Medicaid/FAMIS public health insurance programs.
  • Richmond City Health District (RCHD) – $63,360 to support a Project Connect Outreach Worker who will help enroll more eligible residents of the City of Richmond in the Medicaid/FAMIS public health insurance programs.

Medication Assistance

  • Greater Williamsburg Medication Access Program (GWMAP) – $329,705 in funding to three area health safety net organizations, Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic (GMCC), Lackey Clinic (LC), and Olde Towne Medical Dental Center (OTMDC), to expand access to medication assistance for uninsured patients via the Greater Williamsburg Medication Access Program (GWMAP). These grants are funded by VHCF through a special partnership with the Williamsburg Health Foundation.

The Virginia Health Care Foundation is a non-profit public/private partnership with a mission to increase access to primary health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. The Foundation was initiated by the General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care in 1992. Since its inception, it has funded 421 community-based projects across the Commonwealth, and its programs and partnerships have touched the lives of more than 700,000 uninsured Virginians.

For more information about VHCF and its programs, visit www.vhcf.org or call (804) 828-5804.