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The purpose of the VHWDA is to facilitate the development of a statewide health professions pipeline that identifies, educates, recruits and retains a diverse, geographically distributed and culturally competent quality workforce for all Virginians.

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Grants & Scholarships

The Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority (VHWDA) has issued one million dollars to the Commonwealth in the form of community grants to strengthen Virginia's health workforce. These grants are part of a $1.93 million federal grant awarded in 2010 to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) on behalf of the VHWDA under the Affordable Care Act State Health Care Workforce Development Implementation Grant (#T55HP20285). The grantees, listed below, represent the Commonwealth extending from far Southwest to metro-Richmond area, the Shenandoah Valley to central Piedmont and Northern Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity offers several scholarship opportunities to help pay for nursing education. The following nursing scholarship programs are administered by the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the Virginia Department of Health: Virginia Nurse Educator Scholarship Program; Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship for Licensed Practical Nurses; Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship for Registered Nurses; and Virginia's Nurse Practitioner/ Nurse Midwife Scholarship Program. The June application cycle is currently CLOSED. For additional information please contact Dena Schall, Workforce Specialist, Virginia Department of Health at or call (804) 864-7435.

Virginia Loan Repayment Programs
Virginia State Loan Repayment Program (VA-SLRP): The United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), provides federal funding (up to $400,000 per year for a maximum of four years) for the Virginia State Loan Repayment Program (VA-SLRP) (Grant #H56HP19792). The purpose of the VA-SLRP is to increase access to primary care services in Virginia's underserved areas. VA-SLRP requires a dollar for dollar community match from a practice site or public/private entity. Empolyers must be non-profit entities. In addition, this program requires that the practice location be in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). View the eligibility requirements and HRSA guidelines here. Program application cycle is currently CLOSED and will re-open in January 2014. For specific details, please call (804) 864-7435 or email


Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.

Project Lead: Basim Khan, MD

Project Summary:
Project Summary: Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (ANHSI) is awarded $14,863.32 to develop and implement training for safety-net primary care providers to manage subspecialty cases using telemedicine.  read more→

Appalachian College of Pharmacy

Project Lead: Susan L. Mayhew, PharmD, BCNSP, FASHP

Project Summary:
Appalachian College of Pharmacy is awarded $221,700 to establish new collaborative practice models between pharmacists and primary care providers in existing primary care practices to expand primary care services, medication and disease management in federally qualified health centers in Southwest Virginia.  read more→

Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center

Project Lead: Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley, MPHE

Project Summary:
The Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center (BRAHEC) at James Madison University, in partnership with Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH), is awarded $69,699.53 to create Youth and Diversity in Healthcare Professions (YDHP) program to increase the diversity in Virginia’s healthcare workforce by focusing on middle and high school pipeline activities. read more→

Germanna Community College

Project Lead: Martha O'Keefe

Project Summary:
Germanna Community College is awarded $35,950 to develop a new Dental Assistant II program to meet the growing demand for dental care, especially for Medicaid patients, in the service region—city of Fredericksburg and counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Culpeper, Orange, King George, Caroline and Madison. The Dental Assistant II curriculum will then be made available to other colleges in the Virginia Community College System. read more→

Graduate Medical Education Consortium / SW Area Health Education Center

Project Lead: Wendy Welch, Ph.D

Project Summary:
The Graduate Medical Education Consortium and Southwest Area Health Education Center (GMEC-AHEC) is awarded $25,152 to run a 15-week high school Health Career Exploration Club in LENOWISCO and Cumberland Plateau.  Each Club will introduce students to a wide variety of health professionals and educate students via hands-on activities and site visits to medical school labs, hospitals and other practice sites as available. read more→

Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center

Project Lead: Dallice Joyner, H.Ed, M.Ed

Project Summary:
Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center (NV AHEC) in partnership with the Community Lodgings Youth Education Program is awarded $74,912.50 to create a pilot program, Project Health-4-All, that will provide health career education, information and exposure to immigrant youth who express an interest in pursuing a health career and/or profession. The focus of this collaboration will be to increase the health care workforce pipeline activities and opportunities for immigrant youth in the NV AHEC region to get early health career exposure and provide educational and academic support. read more→

Page County Technical Center

Project Lead: Chad Hensley

Project Summary:
Page County Technical Center (PCTC) is awarded $39,644 to enhance Virginia’s healthcare workforce pipeline by increasing student enrollment in the course “Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences” and the Program of Studies in EMT, LPN and CNA. The project will also target an additional healthcare Program of Studies in partnership with Valley Health Medical Corporation. read more→

Shenandoah University

Project Lead: Juliana van Olphen Fehr, PhD, CNM, RN

Project Summary:
Shenandoah University is awarded $82,216.35 to support planning for an advanced practice nursing faculty residency program which includes health informatics and distance education training. The faculty residents will then teach students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs at several universities in the specialties of Psychiatric Mental Health, Midwifery and Family Medicine. read more→

Southside Health Education Foundation

Project Lead: Deborah Williamson, JD, MPA

Project Summary:
The Southside Health Education Foundation (SHEF) is awarded $38,400 to develop and implement a health careers pipeline program—Southside Healthcare Careers Experiential Learning Program (Health-CEL)—for students from 16 to 20 years of age. Under the leadership of SHEF, area hospitals, health care providers, colleges and universities have partnered to support this 40+ hour program which will provide students with experiential learning. read more→

University of Virginia Center for Telehealth

Project Lead: Karen Rheuban, MD

Project Summary:
The University of Virginia Center for Telehealth was awarded $270,000 to establish the Southside Telehealth Training Academy and Resource Center (STAR) in Martinsville, Virginia, in partnership with the New College Institute (NCI). The center will be used to train healthcare workers to use telehealth and patient monitoring technologies to aid in providing high quality care and services to their patients. read more→

VCU Health System, Office of Health Innovation

Project Lead: Steven H. Crossman, MD

Project Summary:
VCU Health System, Office of Health Innovation is awarded $56,852 to create a family practice residency program anchored in a federally qualified health center (FQHC). Three community health centers will join the VCU Director of Medical Student Education in Family Medicine to establish this model, which is the only one of its kind in Virginia. read more→

VCU School of Dentistry

Project Lead: Kim Isringhausen, BSDH, RDH, MPH

Project Summary:
The VCU School of Dentistry is awarded $70,541 to develop a model for dental and dental hygiene community service programs with underserved community partners and schools.  The programs will educate dental professional students, patients and inner-city school students; increase oral health literacy; improve health outcomes; and ultimately increase the workforce for future dental professionals. The purpose of the program is to benefit underserved communities and inner-city school students with a shared mission of education and service in oral health. The program will increase oral health in these communities and awareness of oral health professions. read more→

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