Executive Message

Dear Members and Supporters,

Thirty-seven 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 2017, that commitment resulted in:

  • A reach consisting of 29 member organizations with 145 service sites, serving more than 100 counties, cities, and towns in the Commonwealth. Virginia’s CHCs care for more than 304,000 Virginians through over 1 million annual patient encounters.
  • State and federal grants totaling 81% of incoming revenues, providing for a 2,611% Member Return on Investment.
  • The Graduation of our inaugural Leadership Institute Cohort Class. Over the course of nine months, the teams attended three Leadership Learning Sessions. During these sessions, the teams defined and executed a best practice learning plan, and ultimately completed and presented a Capstone Project addressing a priority issue at their CHC. We are very proud of the twelve teams who presented at our June Member Meeting and are looking forward to seeing the presentations of the next class.

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,
Margaret “Peggy” Whitehead | Board President
R. Neal Graham | CEO