Message from the CEO

Pat MathewsWelcome to the Northern Virginia Health Foundation’s website. We are pleased to provide you with information about the Foundation’s activities and resources that can help inform you about issues affecting Northern Virginia related to health and health care.

We were created in 2005 and made our first grants in 2007. We are proud of our accomplishments but we are aware that the challenge of improving the health and health care of Northern Virginians is not ours alone. That is why we will continue to be engaged in efforts that are “beyond grantmaking,” believing that collaborations and partnerships often create far greater positive change than can be accomplished by a single grant. And we will strive to embed the issue of health equity in all of our work, recognizing that health disparities often are the result of policy and environmental factors that can affect health and are preventable.

The current economic climate has had a profound effect on the lives of those in our region, most particularly low-income persons without health insurance. That reality prompted our Board of Directors to re-examine our grantmaking strategy in light of the reduction of our financial resources. As a result, our strategic plan focuses our work on:

  • Helping safety net clinics move toward creating medical homes that can provide primary care, behavioral health, and oral health care;
  • Supporting oral health safety net programs;
  • Encouraging and supporting wellness and prevention strategies and programs;
  • Providing information on health reform, health data and trends.

This website will give you insights into our work and will provide resources that you can use in yours. We look forward to continuing our work with current grantees and partners, and to developing new relationships that will help us improve the health and health care of residents of Northern Virginia — particularly those who are currently uninsured.