The Northern Virginia Health Foundation was created in 2005 by order of the Alexandria Circuit Court during the resolution of litigation surrounding the closing of Jefferson Memorial Hospital. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and health care of residents of Northern Virginia, with a particular emphasis on the health needs of the uninsured.

In 2007, the Foundation began issuing grants to safety net clinics and non-profit organizations that provide a wide range of health services to adults and children in the region who could not otherwise afford or obtain access to much-needed health care. These include grants to organizations in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

Since its inception, the Foundation has also been engaged in a variety of activities “beyond grantmaking.” These include partnering with other funders, government agencies, and community stakeholders to share ideas and better leverage our resources toward improving the health and health care of Northern Virginia residents.

The Foundation also works to bring attention to the health needs of Northern Virginia by commissioning research, including a first-ever report on the region’s oral health released in the fall of 2011. In 2013, we published a health indicators report which found that while many are doing well, significant numbers of Northern Virginia residents—of all ages and incomes—struggle, particularly when it comes to obesity, dental care, mental health, and other health measures.