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.

If you have questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Jessica Mullen, program officer, at 757-539-8810.

Currently, there are no opportunities available.


Did you know that over 331,600 adults in Virginia are now enrolled in the new Medicaid health insurance? Still, thousands are eligible, but not yet enrolled.

Did you know that only one training program, SignUpNow, is endorsed by the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to instruct those wishing to help the newly-eligible sign up or renew their new Medicaid health insurance?

If you signed up for the Wednesday, May 27, Western Tidewater Health Department SignUpNow training, please note the event has been postponed. You will receive an email from the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) with the updated information if you registered. The Foundation will also post the new date and times on this page as soon as they are released.

The same in-person training is available online, please click here.

    SignUpNow teaches the “ins and outs” of the eligibility requirements, application procedures, and post-enrollment information for Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs:

    • New Medicaid health insurance for adults
    • Programs for children and pregnant women (the FAMIS programs)
    • Low Income Families with Children (LIFC) program
    • Medicaid for Former Foster Care Youth (FFC)
    • Plan First (family planning)
    SignUpNow participants will be able to educate and provide hands-on assistance to those who want to apply for or renew health insurance through Medicaid/FAMIS. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Even if you’ve attended a SignUpNow training in the past, 2020 training will contain new information…so, sign up again!

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