WHF Annual Awards 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Award Recipient

Virginia Oral Health Coalition

WHF 2018 Annual Awards Press Release

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Front Row from left to right: Dr. Harold Marioneaux, DDS, Thomas Nelson Community College; Dr. Timothy K. Johnston, DDS, Norge Dental Center; Clarence A. Wilson, WHF trustee and award committee chair. Back Row from left to right: James R. Golden, WHF board chair; Sarah Bedard Holland, Virginia Oral Health Coalition; Bill Mann, MD, Olde Towne Medical and Dental Clinic; Carol Sale, WHF President and CEO; and Paul F. Scott, Child Development Resources.

2018 Annual Award Celebrates Local Groups and Virginia-Wide Coalition for their Contributions to Oral Health Care

WILLIAMSBURG – On October 17, 2018, the Williamsburg Health Foundation presented its annual award to the Virginia Oral Health Coalition, which raises awareness about the need for oral health delivery systems in Virginia.  The 2018 annual award event also gave special recognition to local provider groups that provide no-cost or low-cost oral health services to those who need it. These organizations include Child Development Resources, Lackey Clinic, Norge Dental Center, Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center, and Thomas Nelson Community College.


“Oral health is a critical component of overall health and well-being, but well established systems to support oral health are lacking which illustrates the significance of  how poorly understood the importance of oral health  is,” said Carol L. Sale, president and CEO of the Williamsburg Health Foundation.  “We hope the 2018 annual award will help raise awareness of the issue and to celebrate all of those individuals and groups working to provide desperately needed oral healthcare and education.”


In a video featured at the breakfast and available online at www.williamsburghealthfoundation.org, experts explained the critical connection between oral health and overall physical and mental health and total well-being as well as the need to examine the current limited reimbursement structures for oral healthcare.


Dr. William Griffin, DDS, Dental Director at Lackey Clinic pointed out that bacteria in the mouth can “stir up trouble in the rest of the body [and lead to] various systemic diseases” and that individuals who have dental pain or other dental complications are less likely to smile and can have lower self-esteem which takes a toll on their mental health as well.  At local safety net clinics, professionals work to integrate all aspects of healthcare since all aspects of health connect.


Harold Marioneaux, Jr., DDS, Dental Hygiene Director at Thomas Nelson Community College, pointed out gaps in public insurance systems designed to care for Americans and their health. “Dentistry is not part of the Affordable Care Act.  If you’re a veteran, you get medical, but you don’t get dental.  Medicare will take care of medical, but it won’t take care of dental.”


According to Sarah Bedard Holland, CEO of Virginia Oral Health Care Coalition, “From a macro perspective, it is very difficult for adults without dental coverage to access dental services. Without a reimbursement source, it is very difficult for dentists to provide care to those who need it.”


But, Ms. Holland said, “The Williamsburg community could be an exemplar for the state if not the nation” due to its integration of dental and medical care in its safety-net clinics.  It is also clear that the Greater Williamsburg community has many individuals volunteering their time to provide oral care to those who need it.  One group recognized, Norge Dental Center, is a private dental practice that annually provides free care to as many individuals as it can see in a day.


“We know that Norge Dental Center is one of many private dental practices that donate time and expertise to care for impoverished patients who need oral care.  We wish we could recognize each and every one of those practices,” said Clarence Wilson, chair of the annual awards committee of the board of trustees.  Norge is an example of individuals and businesses coming forward to care for their neighbors in need. Norge Dental and other businesses show the best of our community and the helping hands in it,” said Wilson.


The Williamsburg Health Foundation’s serves the cities of Williamsburg and Poquoson and the counties of York and James City.  The Foundation has a corpus of 122 million dollars and distributes an average of five million dollars annually and works with multiple partners to reach its vision of “individuals making healthy choices in a community with health opportunity for all.” For more information on the Williamsburg Health Foundation, visit its website at WilliamsburgHealthFoundation.org

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Grants Awarded in 2018 Grant Cycle One

Angels of Mercy Medical Mission Chronic Care Collaborative $113,000.00
Center for Child & Family Services Child and Family Connection’s Multicultural Counseling and Outreach Program $40,000.00
Child Development Resources Breastfeeding: Building Confidence and Competence $12,000.00
Child Development Resources Infant Parent Program $100,000.00
Child Development Resources Parents As Teachers $84,000.00
City of Williamsburg Child Health Initiative $260,000.00
Colonial Behavioral Health Chronic Care Collaborative $175,000.00
Colonial Behavioral Health Greater Williamsburg Child Assessment Center $271,000.00
Colonial Behavioral Health Greater Williamsburg Network of Care Website $37,000.00
Colonial Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program $45,000.00
Community Housing Partners Mobile Food Pantry $5,000.00
FREE Foundation For Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment F.R.E.E. of Williamsburg $25,000.00
Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic Chronic Care Collaborative $200,000.00
Greater Williamsburg Heartsafe Alliance Greater Williamsburg Heartsafe Alliance $40,000.00
James City County Child Health Initiative $250,000.00
Lackey Clinic Chronic Care Collaborative $400,000.00
Literacy for Life at the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center HEAL Program $50,000.00
Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center Chronic Care Collaborative $250,000.00
Peninsula Agency on Aging Aging and Disability Resource Center $64,000.00
Rx Partnership Access to Medication Program $25,000.00
Rx Partnership Chronic Care Collaborative $35,000.00
Virginia Health Care Foundation Greater Williamsburg Medication Access Program $400,000.00
Williamsburg Area Faith in Action Medical Transportation $50,000.00
Williamsburg-James City County Public School Division School Health Initiative Program -SHIP $650,000.00

Williamsburg Health Foundation Makes Greater Williamsburg a Healthier Place to Live, Work, and Go to School

On June 4, 2018, the Williamsburg Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees met and awarded just over 3.5 million dollars to programs to improve the health of those living in Greater Williamsburg. Programs include the provision of excellent health care at local clinics to the prevention of illness through programs that focus on healthier childhoods.

The Foundation’s new president and CEO, Carol L. Sale, who began in mid-May said, “It is an honor to move into this role with the Health Foundation and exciting to be part of the process of grant making to all of these outstanding local programs and agencies.”

The Foundation’s latest grants are in keeping with its 2018-2020 Strategic Plan.  According to Board of Trustees President, Jim Golden, “These grants are consistent with our mission to inspire collaboration, mobilize resources and encourage innovation to enhance the health and well-being of people living in Greater Williamsburg.”

“The variety of program grants illustrates that overall health not only incorporates high quality health care but also includes support for other health improvement opportunities throughout the lifespan,” said Sale.

Many grants focus on children, including the Greater Williamsburg Area Child Assessment Center at Colonial Behavioral Health, programs through Child Development Resources, Child Health Initiative funded through the City of Williamsburg and James City County, and the School Health Initiative Program (SHIP) at WJCC Public Schools.  “The Foundation continues to provide core support for clinical operations, but we also understand that patterns of behavior set early in life are critical to the long-term health of our community, and we are fortunate to have such great partners working on those issues,” said Golden.

One grant is focused on helping find services provided by all the other grants. On the website www.wmbgcares.org there is a directory of agencies that provide services in Greater Williamsburg.  “It’s our goal not only to have great services available in Greater Williamsburg but also to have those services be easy to find by those who may need them,” said Sale.

The Williamsburg Health Foundation was founded in 1996 with proceeds from the partnership between Sentara Healthcare and what was the Williamsburg Community Hospital.  Since its inception and including this week’s grants, the Williamsburg Health Foundation has granted nearly 79 million dollars to improve the health of those living in Greater Williamsburg.  The vision of the organization is “individuals making healthy choices in a community with health opportunities for all.”


Carol L. Sale Named President and CEO of Williamsburg Health Foundation


For Immediate Release

The Board of Trustees of the Williamsburg Health Foundation has unanimously named Carol L. Sale, currently Executive Director of the Lackey Clinic in York County, VA, and a leader in healthcare quality improvement, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation.  She will begin on May 16.

Sale will follow Jeanne Zeidler, who is retiring after the better part of a decade with the Williamsburg Health Foundation.

“The Board of Trustees is delighted to make this announcement and welcomes Carol Sale to the Foundation,” said Chairman James R. Golden. “We are pleased to have an experienced nonprofit administrator, a healthcare professional and a prominent leader from one our own grantee organizations take on the President and CEO role,” Golden explained.

“Carol has managed teams of highly-skilled professionals in all three of our local health systems: Sentara Healthcare, Riverside Health System, and Bon Secours Health System; and currently serves as a passionate and articulate advocate for the uninsured and underserved at our grantee organization — the Lackey Clinic,” he added.

Since taking the reins at the Lackey Clinic in 2012, she has led a staff of 31 full and part-time employees providing care to nearly 2,000 patients seeking 15,000 medical visits each year.  She has also worked very closely with the leadership of three other local clinics through the Foundation’s Chronic Care Collaborative. She is a frequent public speaker on healthcare and wellness and understands the importance of strategic management, financial affairs, and data oversight. In addition to her role at the Lackey Clinic, Sale currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

“The Board of Trustees is confident that Carol’s strong administrative experience and deep understanding of the many factors that impact health status will serve to advance the Foundation’s mission to inspire collaboration, mobilize resources, and encourage innovation to enhance the health and well-being of people living in Greater Williamsburg,” said Golden.

“It is an honor to be selected to serve as the President and CEO of the Williamsburg Health Foundation,” Sale said. “Under Jeanne Zeidler’s leadership, the Williamsburg Health Foundation has become a bold innovator and more skilled at using good evidence and performance data to make its funding decisions. The Foundation has also expanded its role as a convener of collaborative partners to more efficiently and effectively use all the resources available to create the opportunity for everyone in our community to make healthy choices.”

She added, “I look forward to working with the Foundation’s talented, dedicated staff.  Together we will continue to rely upon the very strong committee structure of the Board of Trustees, and knowledge of the community and expertise about health represented on the board, to build an even better culture of health in Greater Williamsburg.”

The search for a new leader at the Foundation started in November and was carried out by nine members of the 21-member board. It was a national search that ultimately led to the Foundation’s own backyard and someone who is already well-known in the community and who also knows well the community served by the Foundation.

“We don’t anticipate any changes in our strategic direction,” said Golden.  “We are delighted to have found a chief executive who can continue to build on Jeanne Zeidler’s highly successful leadership.”


The Williamsburg Health Foundation supports Colonial Behavioral Health’s Network of Care website.  It is filled with health and well-being information and a directory of health and human services in the Greater Williamsburg area.  Visit www.wmbgcares.org for everything from the Care Coordination Notebook for Children with Special Healthcare Needs to resources for veterans to a wide range of emergency services for everyone.

Williamsburg Health Foundation Awards Over One Million in Grants

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – On December 4, 2017, the Williamsburg Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees met and approved just over one million dollars to programs in Greater Williamsburg.

Of the 15 grants approved, five focus on behavioral health. “As the opioid abuse epidemic in Virginia illustrates, investment in programs that promote well-being has never been more urgent,” said Foundation President and CEO, Jeanne Zeidler. “We are starting to support some opioid-addiction treatment,” said Zeidler, “but we are continuing to invest heavily in family counseling, violence prevention, and many other proven methods of behavioral health treatment.”

Not all programs need a large investment of money to be effective. A grant of five thousand dollars will help ensure that Williamsburg has a safety net for new moms and dads who may struggle with postpartum depression. Williamsburg Health Foundation’s grant for $5,000 to Postpartum Support Virginia will help staff and promote Williamsburg’s Maternal Mental Health Coalition which includes obstetricians, pediatricians, Sentara Williamsburg, private counselors, Child Development Resources (CDR), breastfeeding groups, Colonial Behavioral Health, others. “All these partners checking in with new moms and asking the same questions about their mental health creates a safety net built not on program dollars but on collaboration and cooperation,” said Zeidler.

A complete list of grants is available at www.williamsburghealthfoundation.org.
The Williamsburg Health Foundation has a vision of individuals making healthy choices in a community with health opportunity for all. “All of us have a role to play in making ours a healthier community that promotes well-being,” says Zeidler. “Whether you read to a young child so they enter school ready to learn, donate healthy foods to the foodbank, or check in on a friend or neighbor who lives alone, we want everyone in our community to promote health and the positive experiences that create a healthier community.”

The Williamsburg Health Foundation was founded in 1996 with proceeds from the partnership between Sentara Healthcare and the former Williamsburg Community Hospital. Since its inception, the foundation has granted over 74 million dollars.

Grant Cycle 2017 2-Year Summary (Excel)

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