Executive Message

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


Dear Members, Partners, and Supporters,

Nearly forty 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 2019, that commitment resulted in:

  • a reach consisting of 30 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 356,420 Virginians through over 1.3 million annual patient encounters;
  • the distribution of funds and resources to our Members from federal and state grants and corporate sponsors accounted for 94% of Association revenues, providing a 3,103% 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 the Virginia CHC Value Model and Toolkit. Virginia’s Health Centers can use the data and toolkit to design messaging which demonstrates their economic impact and their impact on health outcomes within their communities;
  • the production of 3 new episodes of the Virginia Community Health Center Movement, historical video series;
  • the production of the premiere episode of Provider Stories: Why Work in Community Health recruitment services video.

These are just a few examples of this year’s achievements and successes.

As we look forward to 2020, we are planning our 40th anniversary celebration. Festivities are scheduled for our June 2020 Membership Meeting and Awards Dinner. Please stay tuned for celebration announcements.

As we have from our beginning in 1980, 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

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