Governor McAuliffe Proclaims Community Health Center Week

Trending This Week    July 31, 2015


Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe issued a proclamation declaring August 9-15, 2015 as Community Health Center Week.

The weeklong campaign raises awareness about the mission and accomplishments of Virginia’s Health Centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care.

A Community Health Center (CHC) is a non-profit primary health care organization located in a medically underserved area, which includes rural, urban and suburban communities throughout Virginia. The mission of a Community Health Center is to provide comprehensive primary healthcare to anyone seeking care. Community Health Center services are available to everyone – all community residents have equal access regardless of ability to pay, employment status, insurance status, geographic location/residence, culture, age, sex, or religion.

For nearly 50 years, Virginia’s Community Health Centers have compiled a significant record of success in providing access to primary care for our Commonwealth’s citizens, a large percentage of whom are among the poorest and sickest members of our communities.

Virginia’s 29 Health Centers, operating more than 140 Health Center Service Sites:

  • Are at the core of our health system and the Commonwealth’s Safety Net, delivering high quality and cost-effective primary care.
  • Serve more than 300,000 patients. These are our family members, friends and neighbors who would otherwise not have access to healthcare.
  • Log over 1 Million patient encounters annually.
  • Provide an estimated 2,500 full and part-time local jobs.
  • Bring to Virginia more than $95 million in outside grants and non-patient revenue.
  • Generate more than $180 million in total economic output for Virginia.

“By issue of proclamation, Governor McAuliffe has called upon all citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia to join us in the observance of Community Health Center Week. We are very pleased that our Governor recognizes the steadfast commitment of Community Health Centers to the health and well-being of the people of the Commonwealth, as well as the positive economic impact they make upon the communities they serve,” said Neal Graham, CEO of Virginia Community Healthcare Association.

The Virginia Community Healthcare Association is a nonprofit, state association for Community Health Centers, Migrant Health Centers, Healthcare for the Homeless programs, and similar organizations. The organization also provides recruiting and retention of healthcare practitioners (physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) for its member organizations.

To find the nearest Virginia Community Health Center, please see the Virginia Community Healthcare Association website:

To view a list of Health Center Week Activities, please visit the National Health Center Week website: