The Virginia Health Care Foundation has recently awarded $1.2M in grants. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the department has faced many challenges throughout the state. To simplify the lives of their citizens, the VHCF has awarded this grant money to improve access to medical and dental health as well as behavioral health.
Well-being care sectors are actively working to make the lives of the financially poor people better by providing grants for their treatments. Deborah Oswalt, VHCF’s govt director has released an official statement while releasing the grant money.
“WITH THE LARGE ENHANCE WITHIN THE VARIETY OF VIRGINIANS SUBMITTING NEW CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COVERAGE AND THE NUMEROUS NUMBERS OF THESE NONETHELESS UNEMPLOYED ON ACCOUNT OF THE PANDEMIC, THE NECESSITY FOR THE STATE’S WELL BEING CARE SECURITY WEB IS BIGGER THAN EVER. THESE GRANTS WILL ASSIST GUARANTEE VIRGINIANS HAVE ENTRY TO THE WELL BEING CARE THEY WANT THROUGHOUT THESE TROUBLESOME INSTANCES.”
As stated above, the allotted money will be distributed for medical, dental, and behavioral health for needy people. Let’s get more information about the grant and the sectors for which the grant money is allotted.
VHCF Grant for Medical Care
- GPW Health Center
VHCF has reserved $175,000 for prenatal and primary care services. They aim to expand these services so that more people can receive the benefits of it. It is available for GPW’s Manassas and Dumfries locations. The service has added ultrasound facilities.
- Sinclair Health Clinic (SHC)
VHCF has reserved $136,105 for full-time nurse practitioners. To support the salary and to give full benefits of their services, the sector has decided to keep a separate grant for full-time nurse practitioners. They can receive grants for prenatal services as well as for other primary care services. It is allotted for Winchester City.
- New Horizons Healthcare (NHH)
VHCF has reserved $56,110 for physician assistants. In order to support their salary and full-time services. Physician Assistants take appointments throughout the week to give the best of services to patients with good accommodation facilities.
- Health Brigade (HB)
$115,000 allotted to Health Brigade for Medical Director to expand their services by providing more treatments to patients. The aim of this grant is to transform the Richmond clinic for treating both types of patients, uninsured and those with health insurance coverage.
Besides this, the same grant can help to treat mentally unstable patients who speak Spanish and Portuguese.
- Tri-Area Community Health (TACH)
$132,628 reserved for full-time nurse practitioners. Nurses who serve as primary medical providers at TACH’s new site in Grayson County can receive the grant money for different purposes.
VHCF Grant for Dental Care
- Bland Ministry Center (BMC)
$75,000 grant money allotted to BMC to help support dentists and others at Big Walker Dentistry. The same grant can be availed by the Dental Hygienist at BMC’s dental safety net clinic in Wythe County.
- VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (CMH)
CMH receives $56,250 grant money to help full-time dentists at CMH’s Family Dental Clinic. The dentists at CMH serve the patients of Mecklenburg County.
- Community Health Center of the New River Valley (CHCNRV)
$83,475 allotted t CHCNRV to help support full-time dentists at CHCNRV’s Pulaski County clinic.
VHCF Grant for Behavioral Health Care
- Johnson Health Center (JHC)
$134,375 grant money allotted to support the salary of a full-time Behavioral Health Specialist. The same grant is reserved for full-time Mental Health clinicians in Lynchburg. The team will work collaboratively with JHC’s psychiatrist to organize and implement the behavioral programs.
- Eastern Shore Rural Health System (ESRHS)
$132,100 allotted for new Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The team will work with telehealth appointments and will provide services to treat ESRHS patients onsite in Eastville.
- Bradley Free Clinic (BFC)
$125,000 reserved for the construction of rooms to accommodate patients where they can participate in behavioral programs organized by the team.
According to the data released by U.S. Census Bureau, Virginia’s Medicaid expansion has seen a drastic fall of 7.9% for uninsured individuals. The detailed report and the data released by the authority can be seen in the given chart.
The impressive statistics show how people are getting benefits from such grants. More than 10% of adults in Virginia do not have their health insurance coverage. This shows the importance of expanding medical care grants. Let’s take a look at shocking statistics released by the ministry.
- 10.2% of people in Virginia below 65 years of age do not have their health insurance coverage which is more than 712,000 people are not insured.
- 12.4% of people in Virginia from 19 to 64 years of age didn’t have their health insurance. 623,000 youngsters and non-elderly people do not have their insurance across the state.
- 7% of children are eligible to receive Medicaid from the Government but they are yet to enroll themselves. 58.4% of Children in the State are uninsured which is more than 52,000.
- People who are uninsured are part-time family workers and those with one full-time worker in their family.
- The above statistics are for all types of citizens.
Year by year the number of uninsured persons is decreasing which is a good sign. By releasing the big grant money for the medical, dental, and behavioral health sectors, VHCF aims to decrease this number this year.