Virginia - Western

Olivette Burroughs
Tel: 804-864-7435

Rugged natural beauty and mountain heritage are enduring hallmarks of Virginia's Western Blue Ridge Highlands.

Hauntingly beautiful strains of banjo, fiddle and dulcimer music accent this region, a place dotted with log cabins and gristmills.

Mount Rogers, Virginia's highest peak, and a gorge known as the "Grand Canyon of the South" flirt with your senses. Magnificent state parks, national forests and recreational areas stretch across thousands of acres here.

Travel scenic roads and byways and the famous Blue Ridge Parkway for terrific views of wide, open spaces. Or hoof it along the Appalachian Trail or on the Virginia Creeper Trail for close-ups of rhododendron and wildflowers.

Trace westward paths that Daniel Boone forged. Visit the birthplace of country music. See future stage and screen stars performing at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon.

Experience a perfect respite, and recapture a simpler, less complicated time - in the Western Blue Ridge Highlands.

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

Olivette Burroughs
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

Additional Contacts

Olivette Burroughs
Tel: 804-864-7431
Fax: 804-864-7440

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



Olivette Burroughs
Virginia Department of Health
109 Govenor Street
Suite 714 West
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-864-7435
Fax: 804-864-7440
VDH, Office of Health Equity


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