GeoHealth Innovations, formerly Virginia Network for Geospatial Health Research (VANGHR), is one of the national leaders in the application of geospatial technology and analysis to public health and the health care industry. By “changing the view on public health”, GeoHealth Innovations’ team of epidemiologists and geospatial professionals use location-based data and technology to embed geography as a variable in the analysis of disease, social determinants of health, and environmental factors. It facilitates the development of new approaches and methodologies to sustain effective public health and health care interventions. Learn more about your region by accessing the Virginia Health Chart Book.
Governor Bob McDonnell was sworn in as the 71st Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in January 2010. He received nearly 59 percent of the vote, and the most votes of any candidate for Governor in Virginia history. As Virginia’s chief executive, Governor McDonnell inherited an unprecedented $6 billion in budget shortfalls. He defeated a proposed $2 billion increase in the state income tax, kept existing car tax relief in place and brought Democrats and Republicans together to close the shortfall without a single tax increase, producing a $400 million surplus in the first fiscal year of his administration. During that same time, 80 percent of McDonnell’s legislative proposals passed Virginia’s bi-partisan General Assembly.
The Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC) was established as a standing commission of the Virginia General Assembly in 1992. JCHC seeks through its research, recommendations, and legislative actions to "ensure that the Commonwealth as provider, financier, and regulator adopts the most cost-effective and efficacious means of delivery of health care services so that the greatest number of Virginians receive quality health care." (Code of Virginia §§ 30-168 through 170)
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission is the agency overseeing the Virginia General Assembly to evaluate the operations and performance of state agencies and programs. The Commission has nine members of the House of Delegates and five members of the Senate. The Commission’s oversight areas include: Program and Agency Savings; Improved Efficiency and Effectiveness; Informed Legislature; and Compliance with Legislative Intent.
The National AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations. The AHEC program helps bring the resources of academic medicine to address local community health needs. The strength of the AHEC Network is its ability to creatively adapt national initiatives to help address local and regional health care issues. There are currently 56 AHEC programs with more than 235 centers in states and districts nation-wide. Approximately 120 medical schools and 600 nursing and allied health schools work collaboratively with AHECs.
The National Association for Community Health Centers (NACHC) promotes high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care for medically underserved populations. Organized in 1971, NACHC addresses the widespread lack of access to basic health care by serving over 22 million people at more than 9,000 sites across the nation.
The National Rural Health Resource Center (NRHRC) provides technical assistance, information, tools and resources for the improvement of rural health care including rural health information, education and technical assistance. Areas of focus include performance improvement, health information technology, recruitment and retention, and community health assessments.
The Southwest Virginia Health Authority was created by Virginia Legislature in 2007 and is currently chaired by Delegate Terry Kilgore. The mission of the Authority is to improve the quality of life in the Southwest region by enhancing, fostering and creating opportunities that advance the health status and provide health-related economic benefits for people of all ages.
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) makes higher education public policy recommendation to the Governor and General Assembly in such areas as capital and operating budget planning, enrollment projections, institutional technology needs and student financial aid.
The Virginia Academy of Family Physicians strives to ensure quality, accessible health care, dedicated to the dignity and well-being of the citizens of Virginia and guided by the principle that the family physician is the specialist of choice.
The Virginia Department of Health provides resources to Virginians by way of local health districts; environmental health; health equity; healthy living; birth, death and marriage certificates; licensure and certification; emergency preparedness; diseases and conditions; drinking water; distance learning opportunities and more.
The Virginia Department of Health Professions Health Care Workforce Data Center (DHP HWDC) was established in 2008 as one of the nation’s first state specific repositories of current information on licensed health care practitioners. Through regular surveys of the Commonwealth’s 350,000 health care practitioners across 80 professions, the DHP HWDC plans to use standardized research methodology to gather data regarding the workforce practices and preferences of licensees of Virginia’s 13 health regulatory boards. Throughout the year, DHP HWDC disseminates findings in concert with the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority (VHWDA). Chief beneficiaries of DHP HWDC statistical analysis includes state and federal agencies, medical employers, academic institutions, constituents, the news media, and many other stakeholders.
The Virginia General Assembly website provides Virginians with quick access to their legislators; laws and resources; Virginia’s budget; the code of Virginia; bills and resolutions; House and Senate documents and much more.
The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) helps uninsured Virginians and those who live in underserved communities receive medical, dental and mental health care. VHCF support helps free clinics, community health centers and other to expand both the types of care offered and the number of patients cared for each year.
The Virginia Oral Health Coalition is a group of committed individuals and organizations working to bring excellent oral health to all Virginians. To meet this mission, the Virginia Oral Health Coalition drives the Virginia Oral Health Plan including objectives to utilize advocacy, public awareness and innovation new programs to change perceptions of oral health; remove known barriers between people and oral health services; and build an effective oral health infrastructure to meet the needs of underserved Virginians.
The mission of the Virginia Rural Health Association (VRHA) is to improve the health of rural Virginians through education advocacy and fostering cooperative partnerships. VRHA works with elected officials at the local, state and federal level to help them understand how the decisions they make affect the quality of health care provided in rural Virginia.
The Secretary of Health and Human Resources oversees twelve state agencies which provide vital services to Virginians. Individuals with disabilities, the aging community, low-income working families, children, caregivers and the provider network are supported through the work of the Secretariat.
The Virginia Telehealth Network (VTN) devotes its resources to advancing the adoption, implementation and integration of telehealth and related technologies into models of health care statewide, and promotes the integration of health systems to support the delivery of care for all Virginians.