Virginia is Expanding Medicaid!


The rules for health coverage in Virginia have changed.


Soon, there will be new health coverage that offers comprehensive, low-cost, quality, services. Beginning January 1, 2019, this coverage will be available to approximately 400,000 adults, including many people who work in retail, construction, childcare, landscaping, food service and other jobs that don't provide health insurance.


The new coverage will include doctor visits, prescriptions, preventive care, hospital stays, mental health services and more.


Under the new guidelines, a single adult making $16,750 or below annually may be eligible. A parent in a family of three with a household income of $28,700 or below may also qualify. An applicant must be 19 to 64 years old and cannot receive or be eligible for Medicare. Additional criteria apply.


You can find more information about the new coverage for adults at The website also has a screening tool and Frequently Asked Questions. CoverVA is updated regularly, so check back often for new information.


Meanwhile, spread the word!

Save the Dates for Statewide Summits on Behavioral Health and Oral Health!


VHHA Foundation invites you to attend the inaugural Virginia Behavioral Health Summit is sponsored by the Virginia Hospital Research and Education Foundation. It will bring together clinical, public health, law enforcement, and regulatory perspectives to explore the state of behavioral health in Virginia, and to collaborate on identifying and implementing a multidisciplinary approach to whole person care. The Summit will take place on September 27, 2018. Registration will open in the coming weeks! For more information, contact Lauren Martin at or 804-297-3555.

The Virginia Oral Health Summit is an educational and networking event for Virginia Oral Health Coalition partners, community leaders, state agencies, safety net, and health advocates to explore innovative approaches to improve oral health across the state. It will take place on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in Richmond. Sign up for the Virginia Oral Health Coalition email list to receive Summit news and updates! Registration will open in late summer. VHCF will pay the early bird registration rate for a representative from each health and dental safety net organization who wishes to attend. Contact Ally Singer Wright at 804-828-5804 or for more information on the safety net scholarships.


Who Will You Nominate for an Unsung Hero Award?


The Virginia Health Care Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Unsung Hero Awards. These awards recognize outstanding efforts that have substantially benefited various VHCF-funded projects and their patients/clients. They will be presented at the Foundation's Heroes in Health Care celebration on September 18, 2018. Each winner receives a special award and a $2,000 gift from the Virginia Association of Health Plans for the organization nominating him/her.


Nominate someone from one of the following categories: volunteer, donor, physician, teamwork, or employee. The nomination packet includes additional information about the nomination and award process and can be downloaded here. To learn more about the Unsung Hero Awards and to see a list of past winners and videos about them, please click here. The nomination form must be received at VHCF no later than 5 pm on July 25, 2018.

Looking for Dental Safety Net Resources in Your Area?


Check out this new interactive map of Virginia's Dental Safety Net. Patients or providers can simply click any site on the map to find out more information about it and the locality in which it is located. Click here to view now!


Trauma and Resilience Learning Opportunities


Interested in deepening your understanding of the impact that trauma and resilience have on your patients? A 5 part on-demand webinar series is now available on VHCF's website! Learn about trauma's impact on the brain, body, and health behaviors and how to address it by building individual and community resilience. The webinar features a recorded live presentation and resources from Dr. Allison Jackson, a national leader in trauma informed care practices. She shares information and insights that benefit viewers at every level of the trauma informed care journey. Learn more about trauma informed care here.

Teams of staff from health safety net organizations are invited to take the next step on their trauma informed care journey with an in-person workshop with Dr. Allison Jackson on Thursday, July 19. The interactive workshop will teach participants how to foster resilience throughout a patient's experience in the health care setting.

It will also introduce a new and innovative tool, Resilience Building Blocks for Life, a deck of cards and accompanying handbook that provide a simple framework for helping patients identify the resilience skills they already possess and those they would like to strengthen. For more information about this workshop, review the detailed flyer here or contact Andrea Lancaster at or 804-828-5804.

Announcing Health Safety Net Grant Recipients


VHCF's Board of Trustees awarded the following health safety net grants totaling $940,619 and providing a wide range of services. New grants include: 


  • $238,473 to Community Health Center of the New River Valley to establish dental services at its Pulaski/Radford Center
  • $130,000 to Shenandoah Community Health Clinic to underwrite the salaries of two full-time clinicians for its school-based behavioral health program
  • $125,000 to Central Virginia Health Services to hire a full-time medical provider at Westmoreland Medical Center
  • $100,000 to Eastern Shore Rural Health System to expand dental services at the new Eastville Health Center in Northampton County


The Board also awarded the following continuation grants:


  • $149,029 to Neighborhood Health to support the salaries of a full-time dentist, full-time dental assistant, and part-time dental hygienist at its new site in South Fairfax County
  • $99,038 to Neighborhood Health to expand medical services in Arlington County by hiring a part-time physician
  • $54,079 to Mel Leaman Free Clinic to expand patient capacity and transition to a new delivery model in partnership with Emory and Henry College by underwriting the salary of a full-time Physician Assistant
  • $45,000 to Orange County Free Clinic to expand clinic capacity and add women's health services by funding a part-time Nurse Practitioner

Make Life Great as a Psych NP!


Demand for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (Psych NPs) in Virginia far outstrips supply. Psych NPs are urgently needed throughout the state in all types of settings. VHCF offers full scholarships for nurse practitioners wishing to earn a post-master's Psych NP certificate. Graduates must work in a health safety net setting for at least two years upon completing the Psych NP certificate program. To learn more about the Psych NP scholarship program, contact Denise Daly Konrad at 804-828-5804 or

Upcoming VHCF trainings/meetings
  • Trainings on how to use The Pharmacy Connection

Beginner Trainings

July 10, 2018 9:30AM-12:30PM-Online

July 17, 2018 9:30AM-1:30PM-Richmond


Advanced Trainings

September 14, 2018 10:00AM-12:00PM-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!


Eastern Shore Rural Health System recently utilized Professional Development Funds to help cover the costs for dental hygienists to attend a training about remote supervision. 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 Innovative Programs or Creative Solutions to Share?


We'd love to hear from you! You might receive an award! Please contact Cat Hulburt or Andrea Lancaster.