Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority

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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Discover Virginia’s Southwest Region and AHEC Roanoke Valley and West

Roanoke Valley and West - Alleghany, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russ

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Healthcare Workforce in the Southwest Region

The Southwest region, including the counties of Alleghany, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe, and the cities of Bristol, Covington, Galax, Norton, Radford, Roanoke, and Salem, is home to hospitals, health systems, Community Health Centers (CHC), community colleges and universities that offer health professions career studies, internships, training and job opportunities.

Southwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

The mission of the Southwest Virginia Area Health Education Center (SWAHEC) is to provide education, information, training, and services to improve health outcomes in Southwest Virginia. SWAHEC primarily focuses on rural health care workforce development to meet the needs of communities and health care professionals.

Located in Tazewell, Virginia, SWAHEC reaches some of the most needy areas in the Appalachians. Established in 1993, SWAHEC is an independent, not-for-profit corporation led by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is primarily made up of community members from health care and education organizations.

Southwest Virginia AHEC's major programs include:

  • Health Professions Students' Clinical Training Opportunities
  • Exposing Youth to Health Careers
  • Support for Practicing Health Professionals
  • Community Health Initiatives

Southwest AHEC

, VA

Phone: (276) 780-4136

Sam McKinney, Director

Sam McKinney

Sam McKinney, the Director of the Southwest Virginia AHEC, is especially interested in exposing youth to health career fields . Prior to joining SWAHEC, Mr. McKinney worked as a teacher in Tazewell and Smyth Counties, as the Principal of the Smyth Career and Technology Center and the Director of Career and Technical Education for Smyth County.  It was during his years as a CTE administrator that he concluded the value of the Health Career professions to Southwest Virginia.  Mr. McKinney holds an Associate of Science Degree in Mining Engineering Technology from Bluefield State College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Education from East Tennessee State University and a Master Science Degree from Virginia Tech in Career and Technical Education.  He lives in Chilhowie, Virginia with his wife, two sons, and all their furry friends.  He is very involved at Chilhowie Christian Church, mission work, he officiates high school sports, loves collecting sports memorabilia and researching genealogy.

swvaahec@comcast.net

Live, Work and Play in Southwest Virginia

Abingdon Vineyard & Winery
AmRhein Wine Cellars
Blacksburg Electronic Village
Blue Ridge Highlands
Chateau Morrisette
Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyards
Mill Mountain Theatre
Mill Mountain Zoo
Roanoke Valley
Roanoke Valley Greenways
Villa Appalaccia Winery
Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail
William King Regional Arts Center

Counties and Cities in the Southwest Region

The Southwest region includes the counties of Alleghany, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe, and the cities of Bristol, Covington, Galax, Norton, Radford, Roanoke, and Salem.

District Health Organizations and Hospitals

Alleghany Health District
Botetourt County Health Department
Buchanan General Hospital
Cumberland Plateau Health District
Floyd County Health Department
Giles County Health Department
Carilion Giles Community Hospital
Lenowisco Health District
Lewis-Gale Regional Health System
Montgomery County Health Department
Lewis-Gale Hospital Montgomery
Mount Rogers Health District
New River Health District
Carilion New River Valley Medical Center
Norton Community Hospital Mountain States Health Alliance
Pulaski County Health Department
Radford City Health Department
Roanoke City Health Department
Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital
Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital
Wythe County Community Hospital

Community Health Centers (CHC)

Appalachia Family Health Center
507 W. Main Street
Appalachia, VA 24216
Phone: (276) 565-2760

Bland County Medical Clinic, Inc.
12301 Grapefield Road
Bastian, VA 24314
Phone: (276) 688-4331

Clinch River Health Services MHN Services
17633 Veterans Memorial Highway
Suite 101
Dungannon, VA 24245
Phone: (276) 780-0144

Coeburn Family Health Center
815 Laurel Avenue
Unit 4A
Coeburn, VA 24230
Phone: (276) 565-2764

Craig County Health Center
226 Market Steet
New Castle, VA 24127
Phone: (304) 772-3064

Craig County School Wellness Center
25239 Craigs Creek Road
New Castle, VA 24127
Phone: (304) 772-3064

Davenport Clinic
3837 Helen Henderson Highway
Davenport, VA 24239
Phone: (276) 859-0859

Haysi Clinic
162 Medical Center Boulevard
Haysi, VA 24256
Phone: (276) 865-5121

Holston Family Health Center
306 S. Shady Avenue
Damascus, VA 24236
Phone: (276) 475-5116

Hurley Family Health Center
10279 Hurley Road
Hurley, VA 24620
Phone: (276) 566-4675

Konnarock Family Health Center
20471 Azen Road
Damascus, VA 24236
Phone: (276) 388-3431

Kuumba Community Health and Wellness Center
4910 Valley View Boulevard, NW
Roanoke, VA 24012
Phone: (540) 362-0360

Meadowview Health Clinic
16138 Meadowview Square
Meadowview, VA 24361
Phone: (276) 944-3999

Pennington Family Practice Center
127 Health Care Drive
Suite 12
Pennington Gap, VA 24277
Phone: (276) 546-3001

Saltville Medical Center MHN Services
308 W. Main Street
Saltville, VA 24370
Phone: (276) 496-4433

St. Charles Clinic
241 Monarch Road
Saint Charles, VA 24282
Phone: (276) 383-4428

Thompson Family Health Center
1721 Lovers Gap Road
Vansant, VA 24656
Phone: (276) 597-7081

Tri-Area Community Health Center at Floyd
140 Christiansburg Pike NE
Floyd, VA 24091
Phone: (540) 745-9290

Tri-Area Community Health Center at Laurel Fork
14558 Danville Pike
Laurel Fork, VA 24352
Phone: (276) 398-2292

Troutdale Medical Center MHN Services
67 High Country Lane
Troutdale, VA 24378
Phone: (276) 233-3505

Twin City Medical Center MHN Services
2195 Euclid Avenue
Suite 6
Bristol, VA 24201
Phone: (276) 669-5179

Vansant Respiratory Care Center
10953 Riverside Drive
Oakwood, VA 24631
Phone: (276) 498-1625

Western Lee County Health Clinic
1446 Dr. Thomas Walker Road
Ewing, VA 24248
Phone: (276) 445-4826

Western Lee County Health Clinic MHN Services
Route 58
Ewing, VA 24248
Phone: (276) 780-0144

Whitetop Community Health
16309 Highlands Parkway
Whitetop, VA 24292
Phone: (276) 233-3505

William A. Davis Clinic
1389 Dante Road
Saint Paul, VA 24283
Phone: (276) 762-0770

Wythe County Community Hospital
600 W Ridge Road
Wytheville, VA 24382
Phone: (276) 288-0200

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