Workforce Initiatives

Having a sufficient number of doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers and other health professionals in all corners of the Commonwealth is critical to increase access to health services for uninsured and medically-underserved Virginians.

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

  • Awarded $13 million in grant funding to community health centers to hire medical, dental and behavioral health providers.
  • Enabled 27 free clinics to increase patient capacity by hiring nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants.
  • Awarded 29 scholarships for nurse practitioners to become behavioral health providers by completing a post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate.
  • Provided the financial wherewithal to attract more behavioral health providers to rural areas of Virginia.

In addition, health safety net practices receiving VHCF grants often serve as training sites for health professions students. More than 7,836 students have participated in clinical experiences as a result of VHCF funding.

VHCF also helps 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 behavioral health care at an ambulatory care clinic.

Last Updated on February 9, 2021

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