Dear Members and Supporters,
Thirty-six years ago, a small band of pioneers made a pact — to promote the development of primary care services where needed, in cooperation with existing services. With that purpose in mind, these leaders took the bold step to establish a representative organization of Virginians with interests rooted in primary health care, and so the Virginia Community Healthcare Association was formed.
In those years, we have witnessed a variety of changes that have impacted the delivery of primary care services. Of all these changes, the one thing that remains constant is the steadfast commitment of our member organizations to provide quality, comprehensive primary care.
In 2016, that commitment resulted in:
- A reach consisting of 29 member organizations with 140 service sites, serving more than 100 counties, cities, and towns in the Commonwealth. Virginia’s CHCs care for more than 300,000 Virginians through over 1 million annual patient encounters.
- State and federal grants totaling 91% of incoming revenues, providing for a 3,667% Member Return on Investment.
- Creation of the Virginia Community Health Center (CHC) Leadership Institute, which assists CHC leaders in the challenge to demonstrate their value to patients, partners, plans, purchasers, and policymakers. The Leadership Institute offers resources to help CHCs communicate the value their organization delivers to their communities, and to optimize performance in clinical, management, and community settings.
These are just a few examples of this year’s achievements and successes. In looking to the future, we imagine a state in which all Virginians have convenient access to high quality, patient-centered, affordable health care. Until that day comes, the Association remains dedicated to continuing its long tradition of providing wide-ranging assistance to our members as they address the health care needs of their communities.
Margaret "Peggy" Whitehead | Board President
R. Neal Graham | CEO