The Virginia Department of Health-Office of Health Equitys' mission is to identify health inequities and their root causes and promote equitable opportunities to be healthy. As our framework for action demonstrates, our mission and vision guide our programmatic work. At the core of this work are data analysis and research to define the distribution of health, disease, and social determinants of health; and to identify local high priority target areas. Our programmatic areas focus on health care, policies that promote health, and empowerment of disadvantaged communities. These priorities advance health equity by promoting access to quality health care, healthy public policy, and healthy and engaged communities. We hope that you too will join us in our efforts to advance health equity for all Virginians.
- 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; and
- 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 (see Resources Tab for links).
Medical Professions such as the following: MD Doctors of Allopathic Medicine, DO Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, DD General Practice Dentists (D.D.S. or D.M.D.), PD Pediatric Dentists, NP Primary Care Certified Nurse Practitioners, NM Certified Nurse-Midwives, PA Primary Care Physician Assistants, DH Registered Clinical Dental Hygienists, PNS Psychiatric Nurse Specialists, MHC Mental Health Counselors, HSP Health Service Psychologist (formerly Clinical or Counseling Psychologists (Ph.D. or equivalent), CSW Licensed Clinical Social Workers (master’s or doctoral degree in social work), LPC Licensed Professional Counselors (master’s or doctoral degree with a major study in counseling), MFT Marriage and Family Therapists (master’s or doctoral degree with a major study in marriage and family therapy), RN Registered Nurses, and Pharm D Pharmacists.
Primary Care (FP, IM, OB/GYN, PED, PSY).
Please review guidelines for criteria for specialist.
Visit our website to view J-1 Visa Waivers Guidelines:
For comprehensive information regarding Virginia's processing of J-1 Visa Waivers, please visit our website prior to contacting our office.
In addition to its participation in the Conrad 30 Waiver Program, the Commonwealth also participates in the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) J-1 Visa Waiver Program. ARC is a federal government agency that considers J-1 visa waiver requests by state governors on behalf of medical facilities located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the respective state's Appalachian Region. If the employer is located in an Appalachian region of the Commonwealth, VDH will forward the application for processing by the ARC as an interested government agency.
In an effort to maximize available resources, and improve access to health care for residents of underserved areas, applicants that are eligible for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) J-1 Wavier program should utilize the ARC J-1 Waiver program. In Virginia, there are 25 counties and eight independent cities that are eligible for the ARC J-1 Wavier program. Specialist physicians are NOT eligible for the ARC J-1 Waiver program and should seek a Specialist slot through Virginia’s J-1 Waiver program.
J1 Contact Information
VDH Office of Health Equity
109 Governor Street
Suite 714 West
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 864-7431
Fax: (804) 864-7440
J-1 Visa Waiver Program Information
Open Enrollment Dates for VDH (OHE) Programs:
J-1 Visa Waiver: September 1 - August 31
NIW - National Interest Waiver: Year Round
Federal Virginia State Loan Repayment Program: January 1 - July 31
Mary Marshall (RN/LPN) Nursing Scholarships: May 1 - June 30
Nursing Practitioner / Nurse Mid-Wife Scholarship: May 1 - June 30
Nurse Educator Scholarship: May 1 - June 30
Virginia Department of Health
109 Govenor Street
Suite 1016 East
Richmond, VA 23219
VDH, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity
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