Workforce Initiatives

The most critical factor in making treatment available to uninsured and medically underserved Virginians is having a sufficient number of doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers and other health professionals in all corners of the Commonwealth.

How VHCF is helping

Utilizing a multi-pronged approach to help increase the number of providers in Virginia’s medically underserved areas, VHCF has:

  • Given $13 million in grant funding to community health centers throughout the state to hire medical, dental and mental health personnel;
  • Enabled 27 free clinics to increase patient capacity by hiring nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants;
  • Provided the financial wherewithal to attract more mental health professionals to rural areas.
  • Completed comprehensive surveys of Virginia behavioral health workforce issues, receiving input from Community Health Centers, Community Services Boards, Free Clinics, and Nurse Practitioners

In addition, VHCF-funded providers serve as training sites for a variety of health professions students. More than 7,500 students have participated in clinical experiences as a result of VHCF funding.

VHCF also is helping Virginia colleges and universities initiate innovative approaches to training health professionals, from underwriting dental preceptorships at free clinics to funding a program that pairs psychology doctoral students with medical residents to provide mental health care at an ambulatory care clinic.

Changing Lives

“I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t gotten help.”

I didn’t realize that I had post-traumatic stress syndrome from all the abuse I suffered both as a child and an adult. It made me feel trapped and stupid.  I was angry all the time and kept everything bottled up until I exploded, because I didn’t have the coping skills to deal with that anger. […]

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