the Safety Net

Access to Healthcare

Everyone deserves access to quality healthcare. Here’s how we help.

A strong safety net, alongside coordinated wraparound supports, is key to overall community health. Safety net providers may include Federally Qualified Health Centers, emergency departments, community-based health centers, local health departments and free and charitable clinics. Coordinated wraparound services may include health education, transportation, housing and case management. The goal of Strengthening the Safety Net is to provide support for quality comprehensive care, including physical, oral and mental health, and coordinated wraparound services to improve overall health.

Operating Support

Health safety net providers deliver essential care to the uninsured, underinsured and other vulnerable populations who otherwise could not access it. Core safety net providers include emergency rooms, free and charitable clinics, local health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), community health centers and other providers that deliver care to a significant number of uninsured and underinsured patients. A safety net that coordinates effectively with community-based wraparound services is more effective at ensuring long-term positive health outcomes for its patient population.

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support the provision of direct health care services to the uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved by providing core operating support to organizations working with these target populations.

Click here to access the request for proposal (RFP) for more information. If you have questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Sarah Crouch, program officer, at or 757-539-8810.

An estimated 400,000 uninsured Virginians will become eligible for quality, low- to no-cost health insurance through the state’s New Health Coverage for Adults on January 1, 2019.

SignUpNow is a resource for community-based organizations dedicated to helping individuals and families enroll in and benefit from Virginia’s Medicaid/FAMIS programs. The Obici Healthcare Foundation is pleased to partner with the Virginia Health Care Foundation to offer a local SignUpNow training workshop for community workers. The workshop will teach the “ins and outs” of the eligibility requirements, application procedures and post-enrollment information for Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs.

In addition to workshop training, the Virginia Health Care Foundation offers technical assistance, speakers and presentations and trouble shooting. The SignUpNow program also develops and disseminates detailed support materials and offers a “Helpline” at 804-828-6062.