Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health Donate $5.5 Million to Augment Medicaid Expansion Efforts
VHCF is grateful to be one of the four statewide organizations that Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health are funding to help Virginia make meaningful progress in maximizing the impact of Medicaid expansion. The other grant recipients are the Virginia Community Healthcare Association, the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.
These grants will support needs stemming from Medicaid expansion and address social determinants affecting the health and well-being of low-income Virginians, including access to care, behavioral health, opioid addiction, and food insecurity.
To learn more about these exciting donations click here.
Help Spread the Word about SignUpNow Workshops - a Great Way to Learn How to Help Newly-Eligible Virginians Apply for Medicaid/FAMIS!
SignUpNow  teaches the "ins and outs" of the eligibility requirements, application procedures, and post-enrollment information for Virginia's state-sponsored health insurance programs:
  • New adult coverage
  • Programs for children and pregnant women
  • Plan First
  • Low Income Families with Children (LIFC) program
SignUpNow  participants will be able to provide hands-on assistance to individuals and families who want to apply for Medicaid or FAMIS.
VHCF has conducted 53 SignUpNow workshops and trained more than 2,100 helpers since October 2018 and we're not done yet! Go to to find a training near you.
Been to SignUpNow in previous years? It's worth attending again. The 2019 workshops now cover important information about the new health coverage, as well as updates to other state-sponsored health insurance programs (Medicaid/FAMIS).
Please share information about SignUpNow with colleagues, especially those who work in non-healthcare organizations who may interact with eligible individuals and families. More than 100,000 Virginians still need help applying for the New Adult Coverage.
Click here to see the full list of training dates and locations or to register.
Rural Health Information Hub Offers Evidence-Based Toolkits to H elp B uild Effective Community Health
The evidence-based toolkits offered by the Rural Health Information Hub showcase program approaches that you can adapt to fit your community and the people you serve. Included among these resources are:
  • The Rural Oral Health Toolkit, which provides resources and best practices to help you identify and implement an oral health program in your community. The toolkit is made up of several modules, each of which concentrates on different aspects of oral health programs. Modules also include resources for you to use in developing a program for your area. There are more resources on general community health strategies available in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.
See all of the toolkits currently available here. Many thanks to VDH's Office of Health Equity for sharing this important information.
Trauma Informed Care in Dentistry Resource
VHCF has created a Trauma Informed Care in Dentistry fact sheet to help dental safety net organizations work towards becoming more trauma informed.
This informative new tool can be found here and on the VHCF Dental Resources page.

Looking for Dental Safety Net Resources in Your Area?

Check out this interactive map of Virginia's Dental Safety Net. You can simply click any site on the map to find out more information about it and the locality in which it is located.


HSN in the News!


Community Health Worker initiative gets national attention - This article shares how the Community Health Worker project of the Dan River Region was highlighted during a March 11th panel discussion at the annual South by Southwest Conference, held in Austin, Texas.


Virginia receives a $2.2M grant to tackle the overuse of unnecessary health care - The Virginia Center for Health Innovation received a $2.2 million grant from Arnold Ventures to launch a statewide pilot to reduce the provision of low value health care in Virginia. Low value health care includes medical tests and procedures that research has proven add no value in particular clinical circumstances and can lead to potential patient harm and a higher total cost of care.


Upcoming VHCF trainings/meetings

  • Trainings on How to Use The Pharmacy Connection


Beginner Trainings

April 25, 2019 1:00PM-4:00PM-Online

June 3, 2019 9:00AM-1:00PM-Norfolk

July 24, 2019 9:30AM-12:30PM-Online

Advanced Trainings

June 6, 2019 1:00PM-3:00PM-Online

August 8, 2019 1:00PM-3:00PM-Online


For additional training dates or more information click here or contact Lisa HuestonTPC Coordinator, at (804) 828-5803.


Don't Forget About the Professional Development Funds Available to You!


Are you (or a staff member) considering taking advantage of learning opportunities? VHCF has a variety of informational resources to help you and your staff meet your goals.  Check out some of our resources for providers here! Don't see what you are looking for? Let us know!


VHCF also offers funding for capacity building, including:

  • Up to $3,500 to underwrite the development of a new strategic plan
  • Up to $650 per organization per year to pay for professional development opportunities that enhance the skills or knowledge of health safety net staff or board members


Contact a Program Officer at (804) 828-5804 to learn more.


Does your clinic have any innovative programs or creative solutions to share?


We'd love to hear from you! Please contact Cat Hulburt or Andrea Lancaster.