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Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority


The mission 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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A Guide to Health Careers in Virginia!

The Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority is excited to present the new Virginia Health Careers Catalog. The Authority, Virginia Area Health Education Centers, Virginia Department of Health Professions, Virginia Community College System and a host of additional community and academic partners contributed time, expertise, and resources in producing this publication for the current and future health workforce. Click here to view and/or download an electronic copy of the 2022-2024 Health Careers Catalog.

Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority Appoints Interim Leadership

With the departure of Executive Director Keisha Smith from the Authority, R. Neal Graham has assumed the role of Interim Executive Director. Mr. Graham is a familiar face to many in the community healthcare arena having served in several executive and management positions over the years. Most recently, he was the Chief Executive Officer for the Virginia Community Health Care Association for 19 years. Prior to that engagement he worked for the Virginia Department of Health as the Director of Tobacco Use Control Programs from 1992 to 2001.

From 2013 to 2019 Mr. Graham served on the VHWDA Board of Directors as the Treasurer and assisted in the formation of the Virginia Health Workforce Foundation. At the Authority his priority will be the development and submission of the Health Resources & Services Administration Area Health Education Centers Program grant application and the coordination of the search for the next Executive Director.

VHWDA is hiring!
Executive Director Job Announcement

The Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority is seeking a visionary leader to serve as Executive Director. The ideal Candidate will have a Master’s Degree, preferably in Public Health, Administration, Business or related field and at least five years in a senior management position in a healthcare organization. This individual will also need excellent leadership and communication qualities in organizational development, strategic planning, and financial resource management. Experience with state and federal governmental agencies is essential. Competitive salary and benefits provided.

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Graduate Medical Education (GME), also called residency, refers to any type of formal medical education pursued after receipt of the MD or DO degree. This education can last anywhere from three to five or more years and includes internship, residency, subspecialty, and fellowship programs leading to state licensure and board certification.

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