VHCF News

State Leaders Honor Medicaid + Mental Health Milestones Across Virginia’s Health Safety Net

For Immediate Release Contact: Debbie Oswalt, Executive Director Virginia Health Care Foundation (804) 828-5804 doswalt@vhcf.org   Richmond, VA – June 6, 2024 – During its Cheers for Champions! event, The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) welcomed state leaders to honor the hard work of behavioral health organizations and other health care safety net professionals throughout […]

Virginia Health Care Foundation Awards $884,000 in Grants to Increase Availability of Behavioral Health, Dental, and Medical Services across Virginia

Contact: Debbie Oswalt, Executive Director Virginia Health Care Foundation (804) 828-5804 doswalt@vhcf.org   Richmond, Virginia, January 23, 2024 – The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has awarded more than $884,000 in grants to 12 Virginia organizations increasing access to behavioral health, medical and dental services for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. “From the Eastern Shore […]

Richmond Times Dispatch Commentary by Deborah Oswalt

Commentary: Virginia is making progress addressing the mental health crisis. But it’s not enough. Deborah Oswalt Mental Health America ranks Virginia 39th among the states in accessibility of its behavioral health workforce and 48th in mental health access for children and youth. Well, it’s official. With last week’s release by the Health Resources and Services Administration, […]

Virginia Health Care Foundation Awards $2 million in Grants to Increase Availability of Behavioral Health, Dental, and Medical Services across the State

Richmond, Virginia, July 6, 2023 – The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has awarded 19 Virginia organizations $2 million in grants to increase access to behavioral health, medical and dental services for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians, and help eligible uninsured Virginians obtain state-sponsored health insurance. “All of these grantees are addressing urgent and ongoing […]

Virginia dental clinics awarded $200,000 to address dentist shortages

  Virginia dental clinics awarded $200,000 to address dentist shortages BY: MEGHAN MCINTYRE – JUNE 14, 2023 12:01 AM As Virginia grapples with a shortage of dentists willing to accept Medicaid-enrolled and uninsured patients, a $200,000 award for five dental clinics aims to fill gaps in underserved areas across the state. The five clinics include New Horizons Healthcare […]

“Sign Up, Pay Down” Initiative Awards $200,000 to Five Virginia Dental Safety-Net Clinics to Support Dentist Recruitment

For Immediate Release Contact: Debbie Oswalt, Executive Director Virginia Health Care Foundation (804) 828-5804 doswalt@vhcf.org           “Sign Up, Pay Down” Initiative Awards $200,000 to Five Virginia Dental Safety-Net Clinics to Support Dentist Recruitment  Clinics leverage funds to offer student loan repayment and signing bonuses to dentists in exchange for a two-year […]

Virginia eyes soaring college counseling demand as an answer to workforce shortages

Virginia eyes soaring college counseling demand as an answer to workforce shortages BY: SARAH VOGELSONG – JUNE 13, 2023 12:04 AM Christopher Newport University. (CNU) The kids are not all right, and they aren’t afraid to tell you that. On college campuses in Virginia and nationwide, students are increasingly reporting struggles with mental health. Study after study has shown rising cases of […]

Foundations join to support mental health education in Virginia

NEWS   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   Foundations join to support mental health education in Virginia 17 philanthropic foundations collectively providing funding for training   RICHMOND, Va., March 2, 2023— The Virginia Health Care Foundation is collaborating with 17 other philanthropic foundations throughout Virginia to provide funding for expanded […]

Virginia Health Care Foundation Awards $1,482,078 in Grants to Increase Availability of Behavioral Health + Dental Care in the State

Richmond, Virginia, January 19, 2023 – The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has awarded 15 Virginia organizations nearly $1,500,000 in grants to expand behavioral health care and medical care services throughout the state. “All of these grantees are addressing urgent and ongoing needs,” said Deborah Oswalt, VHCF’s Executive Director. “With the current mental health crisis […]

State Leaders Honor Behavioral Health Professionals for Addressing Critical Needs Amid Mental Health Crisis

Richmond, VA – November 9, 2022 The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) welcomed state leaders to mark its 30 years of service to uninsured and medically underserved Virginians and to honor behavioral health organizations and professionals across the Commonwealth for their expertise, success, and dedication to bring critical services to Virginians amidst a state-wide mental […]