Virginia Health Care Foundation Awards Over $2.7 Million in Grants to Increase Access to Health Care

Virginia Health Care Foundation Awards Over $2.7 Million in Grants to
Increase Access to Health Care

[Richmond, VA] – The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has awarded grants totaling over $2.7 million to 53 organizations throughout Virginia to increase access to medical, dental, pharmacy, and behavioral health services for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians.

Grantees and projects awarded follow:

Primary Medical Care

  • New Horizons Healthcare – $74,880 to help fund a Physician Assistant to expand the health center’s capacity to treat more patients.
  • The Richmond City Health District (RCHD) – $23,123 to fund a part-time Nurse Practitioner at RCHD’s Health Resource Center in the Southwood Apartment Community.

Dental Care

  • Bland Ministry Center – $100,000 to help support the dentist at its new dental clinic in Wytheville, Virginia.
  • Community Health Center of the New River Valley (CHCNRV) – $111,300 to fund a dentist at CHCNRV’s new dental clinic in Dublin, Virginia.
  • Eastern Shore Rural Health System (ESRHS) – $60,000 to help support the salary and benefits of a new dentist to treat patients at Franktown Community Health Center.
  • Mission Dental Virginia – $50,000 to help purchase dental operatories and equipment for the new Appalachian Highlands Community Dental Center, in Abingdon, which will provide comprehensive oral health care to uninsured area residents.
  • Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic (PRDC) – $156,896 to purchase dental equipment which will furnish five new dental operatories, enabling PRDC to provide more low-cost dental services to underserved area residents.
  • Rockbridge Area Health Center – $94,922 to help fund a dentist at Mountain View Family Dentistry, its satellite dental clinic.
  • VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) – $75,000 to help fund a dentist at CMH’s Family Dental & Specialty Center to provide oral health services to the residents of South Hill and surrounding counties.

Mental Health Care

  • CrossOver Healthcare Ministry (CHM) – $18,326 to help support a part-time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to provide assessments, mental health treatment, and medication management to CHM’s patients.
  • Tri-Area Community Health (TACH) – $125,094 to fund the addition of a Physician Assistant at TACH’s Ferrum site and expand its mental health program to meet growing demand.
  • Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) –$141,466 to fund a psychiatric nurse practitioner who will increase VTCC’s capacity to provide psychiatric services to children and adolescents with complex mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, and trauma.


VHCF has awarded more than $1.6 million to 38 grantees to support RxRelief Virginia (RxRVA). RxRVA is a special initiative which helps fund Medication Assistance Caseworkers (MACs) to help uninsured patients obtain free brandname prescription medications. The MACs use The Pharmacy Connection, VHCF’s proprietary software, to obtain free brandname prescription medicines from the pharmaceutical companies’ Patient Assistance Programs.  RxRVA MACs helped 17,180 uninsured Virginians fill 5.2 million ninety day prescriptions free of charge last year.

  • Augusta Health Foundation – $84,202
  • Bland Medical Center – $49,090
  • Blue Ridge Medical Center – $48,063
  • Bon Secours Maryview Foundation – $35,828
  • Brock Hughes Free Clinic – $17,220
  • Carilion Giles Memorial Hospital – $32,618
  • Carilion New River Valley Medical Center – $33,261
  • Central Virginia Health Services – $44,000
  • Chesapeake Care Free Clinic – $33,800
  • Community Free Clinic of Newport News – $17,194
  • Crossover Ministries – $31,200
  • Daily Planet Health Services – $45,180
  • Eastern Shore Rural Health: Franktown – $17,000
  • Halifax Regional Development Foundation – $53,520
  • Health Brigade – $25,225
  • Highland Medical Center – $15,315
  • Ledwith-Lewis /Tri-County Rx Assist – $36,576
  • Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness – $105,667
  • Mountain Empire of Older Citizens, Inc. – $80,000
  • Rogers Health District: Galax – $13,000
  • Neighborhood Health – $116,260
  • New Horizons Healthcare – $37,700
  • Northern Va Family Services: HealthWorks – $43,657
  • Northern Virginia Family Services: Pharmacy Central – $40,348
  • Norton Community Hospital/Ballad Health – $50,000
  • Orange County Free Clinic – $49,425
  • Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHS) – $62,500
  • Shenandoah Community Health Clinic – $24,000
  • Sinclair Health Clinic – $44,044
  • Southeastern Va Community Health Systems – $57,353
  • Southern Dominion Health Services – $25,223
  • Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems – $109,221
  • The Center for Healthy Hearts – $16,380
  • Tri-Area Health Community Health – $54,665
  • United Way: Thomas Jefferson Area – $18,200
  • VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital – $16,510
  • Western Tidewater Free Clinic – $48,688

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 430 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 or call (804) 828-5804.

Last Updated on February 5, 2020