Central Virginia Health Services (CVHS) and Central Virginia Community Health Center (CVCHC), Virginia’s first community health center, celebrated its 45th anniversary on Saturday, April 9, 2016. To mark the special occasion, the center held a yard sale and community health fair. Proceeds from the sale of yard sale spaces and donations brought in over $900 which went towards CVCHC’s pharmacy fund for its neediest patients. The health fair brought in numerous outside community vendors and featured activities for all ages. Attendees had the pleasure of hearing about CVCHC’s history from Mr. Roderick Manifold, CVHS Executive Director and Rev. Charles White, an original board member of CVCHC; as well as from Mr. Neal Graham, Executive Director of the Virginia Community Healthcare Association, who spoke on the role that community health centers play in providing health care across the Commonwealth.
Community health centers like CVCHC are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care because of geography, lack of insurance, poverty or other factors. Along with other health care safety net providers, the health center plays a key role in the community’s health. CVCHC takes most insurance plans and offers an income based discount for services for low income families. Services offered include medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, x-ray, and mammography. “Our goal from the first day we opened has been to provide exceptional health care to our patients and encourage our patients to be an active part of their own health care team. We have maintained that goal for the past 45 years and increased our reach, starting with one center and now having seventeen as of today. That is extraordinary, and something to be celebrated with our patients, staff, community, and all of those who helped us make it to this point,” said Dr. Randall Bashore, Clinical Director.