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Virginia Rural Health Clinic Coalition

  • Year Network was Established: 2016
  • Grant Period: 2015-2016
  • Program Representative Interviewed: Beth O'Connor
  • Service Area: Statewide
  • Program Overview: The Virginia Rural Health Clinic Coalition (VRHCC) is a Community of Practice that was developed in 2016 in response to the recognized lack of a centralized support system for federally certified Rural Health Clinics (RHC) in Virginia. Representatives from the Virginia Rural Health Association traveled around the state to conduct in-person meetings with administrators at each RHC to gauge their interest in participating in a statewide network. It was reported that approximately 75% of RHCs contacted allowed the VRHCC representative to conduct a visit.

    VRHCC held their inaugural meeting in 2016. It was an open forum and attendees were asked to weigh in on strategic planning. The group decided jointly that membership in the VRHCC is contingent on paying annual dues. In return, members will receive standing regulatory updates, HIT technical assistance support, as well as periodic learning and networking/collaboration opportunities. Membership dues will also contribute to the network's sustainability. VRHCC intends to apply for grant dollars to continue to provide educational and networking opportunities to network members.

    There are currently 14 active member clinics in VRHCC.