Press Release

June 14, 2011

WCHF Awards $1 Million in Grants to Further Pioneering Work of Chronic Care Collaborative

WILLIAMSBURG, VA — The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation today announced it is awarding grants totaling $1,054,312 to members of the Chronic Care Collaborative, a six-member consortium of non-profit health care providers serving uninsured and underinsured patients in the Greater Williamsburg area.

Jeanne Zeidler, president and chief executive officer, said, "Chronic diseases represent one the region's most challenging health care issues. Fortunately, members of the Collaborative are showing how focused, engaged organizations can work together to address it. Their cooperative efforts are improving the health of patients and providing a model for other communities."

The Collaborative was formed in 2006 to address the consequences of chronic diseases for medically underserved citizens. Chronic diseases ? lifestyle-induced conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease ? are reaching alarming proportions as the nation ages. The Center for Disease Control estimates half of all Americans suffer from at least one chronic condition.

Members of the Collaborative are Angels of Mercy Clinic, Colonial Behavioral Health, Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic, Lackey Free Clinic, Olde Towne Medical Center, and Rx Partnership. The Collaborative is advised by Richmond-based Community Health Solutions. Sentara representatives also attend the Collaborative's monthly meetings.

During 2010, Collaborative members treated more than a thousand individuals a month and provided more than 1,200 patient visits a month. The grant will support a number of ongoing efforts, including:

  • Providing tools for patients and medical staff to better manage chronic conditions
  • Furthering the integration of dental, behavioral and primary care
  • Enabling access to free prescription medications
  • Ensuring an ongoing dialogue for discussing challenges and sharing experiences

The Foundation conducts two grant cycles each year. Letters of intent for the next grant cycle are due July 25, 2011. More information about the Foundation's grant-making policies and process is available at www.WCHF.com.

The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, a private non-profit organization, supports programs that improve the health of people living in Williamsburg and surrounding counties. It focuses on enhancing access to quality health services and promoting responsible health practices. The foundation was formed in 1996. Since then it has given more than $46 million to support community health programs in the area.