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News from VAFC VAFC Staff

JUNE 2012

Linda D. Wilkinson, MPA Executive Director

Kudos, Hooray and Other Good News!

Judy Griffin Director of Resource Development

Charlottesville Free Clinic Receives Grant Cheers to the Tappahannock Free Clinic’s New Program

Rob Bradley, LCSW Director of Membership Support

Jennifer O’Dell Business Manager

Edva Kashi Program Assistant

Inside this issue: Opinions Wanted - Op4G


New Staff at Lackey FC


New Clinic Ribbon Cutting


Take a Quick Survey


How Are We Doing?


Nurse Leadership Institute


Health Care Reform Explained


Executive Director Michael Faulkner was thrilled with the outcome of their first 12 week program called “Healthy Eating/Healthy Living.” The program was geared towards their diabetic patients and focused on transforming their lives through education, support and outcomes. They enrolled 12 people and 8 of them are moving into the next phase of the wellness program. They achieved some pretty remarkable statistics!

100% lowered BP 75% decreased HgbA1C 62% increased HDL 100% decreased weight

The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation’s Future Fund awarded $23,000 to the Charlottesville Free Clinic to provide dental services to 500 low-income, uninsured patients through the Mission of Mercy Project. This fund is a giving circle that allows people aged 20-40 to leverage their charitable contributions locally.

33% decreased triglycerides 62% decreased glucose 72% decreased waist size 62% decreased cholesterol 75% decreased LDL

“When reviewing individual results it is amazing!” reports Michael. They have already started enrollment for a second group to begin the program.

Cross Over Health Care Ministry and VCU Collaboration Wins Award The VCU Council for Community Engagement presented a 'Currents of Change Award' to Una Vida Sana! (A Healthy Life), a collaboration among Cross Over and the VCU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. Una Vida Sana! was formed to assist members of the Hispanic community with issues relating to chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The team is

led by Dr. Mark Ryan and consists of VCU medical, nursing and pharmacy students as well as VCU doctors and pharmacists in partnership with Cross Over’s Promotores de Salud (Lay Health Promoters).

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News from VAFC

Reminder about mail to VAFC Please be sure to update your database with our new post office box. Make sure that mail being sent to us goes to P.O. Box 35720 North Chesterfield, VA 23235 Thanks!

Annual Membership Renewal Did you know that the national average hourly value of volunteer time is $21.79? The Virginia average hourly value of volunteer time is $24.29. Source: The Independent Sector

For more volunteer labor statistics CLICK HERE.

Survey (Parts A-D) are due

June 8, 2012 Edva at 804-340-3434 or

Donations & Opinions Op4G - Opinions For Good is an online market research company that has invited you to share your feelings and experiences with businesses eager to pay for that insight. You will be paid for it with at least 25% of your compensation being donated to VAFC. You can actually donate up to 100%, if you choose to do so. Your identity is never known, can never be sold and you’re never inundated with spam as a result of Op4G. Plus, you get to determine which research activities you want to participate in. Go to to sign up and select Virginia Association of Free Clinics as the nonprofit you want to support. Please consider giving it a try. If you like it, please feel free to invite your clinic staff, volunteers and board members to join too.

What do you want to hear from VAFC? We are committed to providing timely, accurate information to member clinics. This e-newsletter is one of many communication tools we will implement in order to create more effective dialogue with members. If you have an announcement or question for distribution to all clinics, please share with us. We will gladly include your news/question in our newsletter. Newsletter submissions are requested by the 25th of the month for the following month’s e-newsletter. Please send newsletter submissions to

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Lackey Free Clinic is On The Move! They welcome their new Executive Director, Carol Sale, RN, MSN. Carol has been involved in health care operations dealing with patient Rendering of new Lackey Free Clinic

There is a lot going on in Yorktown, VA. The Lackey Free Clinic is getting a new building

safety and performance improvement for more than 30 years. She is a former board member of the Lackey Free Clinic and sees

AND new staff!

her work with the clinic as a wonderful Lackey Free Clinic held the official ground-

ministry opportunity to reach out to those

breaking ceremony for the Floyd D. Gottwald

in need.

Addition on Friday, May 18. They also have a new Medical Director, Dr. Ralph Robertson. He is a native of Portsmouth, VA and began his association with the Lackey clinic in 1999, as a volunteer. Dr. Robertson is also a past board member. He looks forward to his new role.

2012 Annual Conference - SAVE THE DATE November 4 - 6, 2012 The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA Join us for CME/CEU ~ Banquet ~ Guest Speakers Round Table Discussions ~ Networking Wide Variety of Workshops ~ Exhibitors Registration details will be available soon.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to give us your feedback in the survey.

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News from VAFC

Tappahannock Free Clinic Wants Your Responses Like Us on FACEBOOK

Michael Faulkner, ED of the Tappahannock Free Clinic needs your assistance. He has put together a quick 6 question survey about your Board of Directors. He hopes that you will take a few minutes to complete the survey so that he can help his Board of Directors. We only have 195 people who LIKE us...let’s get 1095! Help spread the word about Free Clinics!

New Online Catalogue

Here is the link to the new virtual 2012 Henry Schein Brand Catalog. To obtain pricing just click on the item code in parentheses. You will be taken to the product info page and prompted to log in to the Schein website to see pricing of the item. You will be able to then order the item.

NEW CLINIC OPENS The community celebrated the opening of the new Wise County Health Wagon Clinic. Pediatricians, Cardiologists, Pulmonologists, Kidney specialists, and Pharmaceutical professionals have already signed on to help the people of Southwest Virginia. The plan is to provide quarterly specialty health clinics and Dr. Paula Meade, Clinical Director Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new clinic

says the first clinic is scheduled for June 16th

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VAFC Strategic Plan - How are we doing? The VAFC is committed to supporting, strengthening and advocating for free clinics to deliver quality healthcare services. Earlier this year, the VAFC completed a 3 year Strategic Plan. A committee comprised of many of your peers spent considerable time on this project. The details of their work were shared at the Executive Director’s retreat in March. We wanted to take this opportunity to get feedback on your perception on the Strategic Plan. We have developed a very short perception survey which will take no more than five minutes of your time to complete. The information gained from your input will help the VAFC to better serve you. As an added incentive, for those of you who complete this survey by June 8, 2012, your name will be placed in a drawing to receive 50% off for a 2012 Annual Conference registration for one participant. Please click on the link below. Thank you for your support. Rob Bradley Director of Membership Support

A Word from Resource Development... A lot of you may already be familiar with the Tech Soup website and program. If not...please check it out and take advantage of the savings! This site was created to pass along software donations from major manufacturers like Microsoft and Adobe. Once your organization is registered, you can take advantage of the greatly discounted prices on everything from

Windows 7 to Photoshop to Microsoft Office. Please note there are some restrictions for faith -based organizations, but you can get around this by registering a program, rather than your ministry. Browse the website and read the fine print.

Uninsured Fact: Nearly 70% of uninsured nonelderly people live in households with annual incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level, or $36,620 for a family of three.


Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

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News from VAFC

Nurse Leadership Institute Class of 2013

The Nurse Leadership Institute (NLI), a program of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, is recruiting for its sixth class, the Class of 2013. The NLI is 9-month leadership development opportunity for high-performing nurses. We are in search of nurses from across Virginia who serve as, or have been identified as having the potential to be, a nurse manager or a member of the management team. Fellows can work in any healthcare environment across the Commonwealth (e.g., hospital, long-term care, public health, education, safety net). The NLI website, includes program details – and the on-line application. The application deadline has been extended to 8 am, Thursday, June 7th for nurses working in free clinics, health departments and community health centers. An executive sponsoring a Fellow in the Class of 2012 reported: “The NLI has been a great tool for nurse leaders within our organization. I have observed an increase in the nurses' confidence and the ability to be more ‘big-picture-thinking’ with a renewed motivation to ‘engage’ in the strategic initiatives of our organization.” Other employers share similar feedback. Fellow feedback: “This is a phenomenal learning experience!” “I developed camaraderie with other nurse managers and leaders.”

“It’s a great way to prepare nurses to become effective leaders that will positively impact the nursing profession.” “Overall, this was a life-changing experience – it has re-energized me and is helping me find the right path for my future.” “The NLI is the MOST valuable experience ever experienced in leadership. Faculty and staff were knowledgeable, supportive and flexible and provided excellent guidance.” Recent graduate of this program, CarolJo Osinski, BSN, MSN, FNP, Lackey Free Clinic , found it to be a valuable experience. Tuition is $2,375. Scholarship funds are available; please see the NLI website for more information: http:// tuition-and-scholarships.php For more details, please go to: or contact Denise Daly Konrad at 804.282.6282 or Fellows’ applications must include a nomination form from their Chief Nurse Executive or equivalent. The application, to include the employer Nomination and Recommendation Form, must be submitted by 8 am, Thursday, June 7th for nurses working in free clinics and community health centers.

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COMING SOON: NEW GLOUCESTER-MATHEWS FREE CLINIC The new facility will provide 5 regular exam rooms and a large rehab treatment space; an on-site pharmacy with expanded storage area; and a new dental clinic that can serve up to three patients at once. The facility will also offer rooms for patient consultation, diabetic education and nutrition planning with a full kitchen. Kay Bradley, executive director of the clinic, states that the building will initially be funded through a USDA Rural Development loan. A $1.8 million campaign has been launched with $261,000 already raised from the Board of Directors and Board Committee leadership. She says, “Everyone is committed to making this happen.� The building will mean less travel time for Mathews County patients, closer to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital where the majority of diagnostic and outpatient

services are provided and is located across the street from Sentara Urgent Care where additional charity care services are being planned.

Health Care Reform Explained Before the Supreme Court ruling this month, review what they are making decisions about. Health care reform explained in "Health Reform Hits Main Street." Confused about how the new health care reform law really works? This short, animated video -- featuring the "YouToons" -- explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Narrated by Cokie Roberts, a news commentator for ABC News and NPR and a member of Kaiser's Board of Trustees. Creative production and animation by Free Range Studios.

Click on the picture to view the video.

FY 2012 State Funds Virginia Association of Free Clinics P.O. Box 35720 (zip 23235) 711 Moorefield Park Dr. Suite C N. Chesterfield, VA 23236 Phone: 804-340-3434 Fax: 804-340-3435

This is the distribution schedule per our contract with the Virginia Department of Health. Third Quarter Distribution - by the time you read this, checks will have been cut and put in the mail to the clinics, UNLESS your clinic still owes money to VAFC. June 11, 2012 July 16, 2012 August 15, 2012

11th month reports due to VAFC (7/1/11 - 5/31/12) Annual VDH reports due to VAFC Final FY2012 funds distributed.

Our intention is to turn this money around as quickly as possible, as we know you are waiting to receive it.

VAFC Board of Directors We’re on the web

Chair E.V. Clarke EV3 Solutions, LLC Vice-Chair Suzanne Sheridan Rockbridge Area Free Clinic Secretary Darryl J. Pirok, DDS

The mission of the VAFC is to support, strengthen, and advocate for Free Clinics as they deliver quality health care to Virginia’s low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents.

Treasurer M. Caroline Martin Western Tidewater Free Clinic Members A. Michelle Brauns, MS, APR Free Clinic of the New River Valley Colin Drozdowski Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Margaret Hersh Augusta Regional Free Clinic Daniel M. Jannuzzi, MD Cross Over Health Care Ministry James A. Kohler, Jr. McKesson Medical Cathy Lewis, MPH Jeannie Nelson Northern Neck Free Health Clinic Laura D. Windsor Troutman Sanders LLP Pat Young Community Works

Board Committees Audit Board Development Finance Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Membership/ Accreditation/State Funds Visioning Resource Development Healthcare Services Council

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