Executive Message

Ms. Willis, Board President and Mr. Graham, CEO

Dear Members and Supporters,

Thirty-eight years ago, a small band of health 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 2018, that commitment resulted in:

  • a reach consisting of 29 member organizations with more than 150 service sites, serving more than 100 counties, cities, and towns in the Commonwealth. Virginia’s CHCs care for more than 339,000 Virginians through over 1 million annual patient encounters;
  • the distribution of funds and resources to our Members from federal and state grants and corporate sponsors accounted for 93% of Association revenues, providing a 2,715% average Member Return on Investment;
  • advocacy efforts which helped Virginia to adopt an expanded Medicaid program anticipated to provide coverage to 400,000 more Virginians;
  • the development of data models to create a Scorecard which highlights how Virginia’s Health Centers deliver value. Virginia’s Health Centers can use their scorecard to demonstrate their economic impact and their impact on health outcomes within their communities.
  • the premiere of our Virginia Community Health Center Movement, historical video series.

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.

Looking forward,

Barbara Willis | Board President
R. Neal Graham | CEO