posted on July 14, 2017 13:49
This post comes to us from our Virginia 3RNet member, the Virginia Department of Health Office of Health Equity:
On behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia and 3RNet, we are grateful that we have this opportunity to make everybody aware of some of the amazing opportunities we have in Virginia. Our employers are looking for providers to fill these positions who are dedicated and extremely passionate about being able to touch the lives of folks living in underserved areas. The State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care office are looking for individuals to serve in our most underserved communities. Below is a brief overview of how these two offices came to be, in addition to what we aim to accomplish.
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Health Equity (OHE) serves as Virginia’s State Office of Rural Health (VA-SORH). Federally funded since 1991, the purpose of this Office is to strengthen rural health care delivery systems by maintaining a focal point for rural health. The federal SORH program provides funding for an institutional framework that links small rural communities with state and federal resources to help develop long term solutions to rural health problems. Virginia is a recipient of the federal SORH funding program.
The mission for VA-SORH is to address health inequities and its root causes in rural areas. The Office is dedicated to:
- Fostering collaboration and leveraging resources across and within various levels of government, communities, and non-profit organizations
- Collecting and disseminating information to stakeholders
- Providing technical assistance
- Assisting the coordination of rural health interests statewide through assessment and planning efforts
- Supporting efforts to improve recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural areas
The goal of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Office Cooperative Agreement Program is to assure the availability of quality health care to low income, uninsured, isolated, vulnerable and special needs populations and to meet these populations’ unique health care needs. Virginia’s Primary Care Office (PCO) accomplishes this through the following:
- Fostering collaboration across and within various levels of government, communities, and non-profit organizations
- Identifying communities with the greatest unmet health care needs, disparities, and health workforce shortages; identifying the key barriers to access to health care for these communities; and working toward solutions
- Supporting the Virginia Community Healthcare Association [Virginia’s Primary Care Association (PCA)] by providing information to assist in their development of a plan to manage the growth of health centers in Virginia
- Supporting and enhancing the primary care workforce in the state through shortage designations, recruitment and retention activities, and administration of scholarships and loan repayment programs
If you have any questions about where your area of study aligns with our job openings, we strongly encourage you to reach out to the contact person listed on the job posting. To view job opportunities in Virginia, visit the Virginia 3RNet page here.