Virginia Health Care Foundation Awards Over $1.8 Million in Grants to Increase Access to Health Care

Virginia Health Care Foundation Awards Over $1.8 Million in Grants to
Increase Access to Health Care

[Richmond, VA] – The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has awarded grants totaling over $1.8 million to 16 organizations throughout Virginia to increase access to medical, dental, behavioral health, and medication assistance services for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. Some of these grants also help those newly eligible for Medicaid and FAMIS health insurance apply for needed coverage.

Grantees and projects awarded follow:

Primary Medical Care

  • Bradley Free Clinic (BFC) – $77,250 to fund a full-time Nurse Practitioner to expand BFC’s capacity to provide medical care to the Roanoke community.
  • Central Virginia Health Services: Westmoreland Medical Center (WMC) –$70,313 to fund an additional full-time physician to treat patients at WMC.
  • GPW Health Center (GPWHC) – $96,051 to fund a full-time Physician Assistant to expand GPWHC’s capacity to treat more patients.

Dental Care

  • Arlington Free Clinic (AFC) – $98,904 to fund the salary and benefits of a dentist and dental hygienist at AFC’s on-site dental clinic.
  • Daily Planet Health Services (DPHS) – $115,128 to fund a dentist at DPHS’s South Richmond location.

Behavioral Health Care

  • Central Virginia Health Services: Hopewell-Prince George (HPG) – $112,500 to fund a full-time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Psych NP) to provide mental health and medication management services to HPG patients.
  • Shenandoah Community Health Clinic (SCHC) – $73,125 to fund two full-time Behavioral Health Clinicians to treat Shenandoah County Public School students as part of SCHC’s innovative school-based behavioral health program.
  • Youth for Tomorrow (YFT) – $37,500 to help fund a full-time behavioral health counselor at YFT’s outpatient counseling center in Warrenton.

Medication Assistance

  • Greater Williamsburg Medication Access Program (GWMAP) – $327,230 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 These grants are funded by VHCF through a special partnership with the Williamsburg Health Foundation.

Medicaid/FAMIS Outreach & Enrollment

  • Cumberland Plateau Health District – $103,084 to support two Project Connect Outreach Workers who will help enroll eligible Southwest Virginians in the Commonwealth’s Medicaid/FAMIS public health insurance programs.
  • Inova Partnership for Healthier Communities – $273,207 to support four full-time and three part-time Project Connect Outreach Workers who will help enroll eligible residents of Fairfax and Prince William Counties, and the City of Alexandria, in Virginia’s Medicaid/FAMIS public health insurance programs.
  • Neighborhood Health – $186,471 to support two full-time and four part-time Project Connect Outreach Workers who will help enroll eligible residents of Alexandria, Arlington, and southern Fairfax County in Virginia’s Medicaid/FAMIS public health insurance programs.
  • Norfolk Department of Public Health – $139,755 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 – $63,055 to support a Project Connect Outreach Worker who will help enroll more eligible residents of the City of Richmond in Virginia’s Medicaid/FAMIS public health insurance programs.

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 www.vhcf.org or call (804) 828-5804.