Our government affairs staff works closely with the Virginia General Assembly, members of Congress and other government agencies and partner organizations to provide input on legislation and policies that affect CHCs across the state. Our goal is to increase awareness and educate our policymakers on the benefits provided by Community Health Centers in Virginia.
In order to improve access to care for all Virginians, expanding the role of Community Health Centers in Virginia is critical. The Association supports and directs the education and outreach efforts, provides analysis on key issues and educates elected officials on the fundamental impact CHCs have on our health care system, our communities, and those we serve.
Our Government Affairs division is led by Rick Shinn. Rick works as an advocate for community health centers at the state and federal level, with a focus on legislative and policy issues. His professional experience includes healthcare marketing, public relations, consulting, and managed care contracting for hospitals and health programs. He also has provided consulting services in the Employee Assistance field; marketing and administration of behavioral health programs; and assisted a non-profit hospice in the start-up development stage.
His community activities have included playing a key role in community wide substance abuse prevention in Central Virginia. Rick has served as a member of the Governor’s Health Information Technology Council, past chair of the Virginians for Improved Access to Dental Care Coalition, and on the boards of the Mental Health Association of Virginia, the Virginia Telehealth Network, the Center for Appalachian Philanthropy, and The National Association of Community Health Centers as the Region III Representative.
Rick holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University.