About Us

History

The city of Norfolk was one of 41 communities nationwide to receive a Turning Point grant from the Kellogg Foundation in 1999.  The Norfolk Turning Point Planning Initiative was part of a national effort to change and strengthen the ways in which states and local communities protect and improve public health.  Key stakeholders began collaborating to improve access to health care and medications/pharmaceuticals.  In 2004, Sentara Foundation commissioned Community Health Solutions to perform a Community Health Survey which revealed the need for improved access to basic health care, specialty care, mental/behavioral health and dental care.    Access Partnership was formally established as a direct result of the Turning Point Iniative and Sentara Community Health Survey to bring together community stakeholders committed to securing resources and mobilizing efforts to eliminate major gaps in health care for Hampton Roads' uninsured and under-insured residents.


Previous Programs & Initiatives
 
2004-2008: The Pharmacy Care of Hampton Roads (PCHR), a central-fill pharmacy funded by HCAP was developed by Access Partnership and the Peninsula Institute for Community Health (PICH) and provided 30 to 90-day supplies of select generic medications to financially qualified patients of local community health centers and free clinics.

2005-2015:  The Community Access to Care program, based on the Project Access® model,  provided access to diagnostic and specialty care at free or reduced rates to financially eligible adults in Greater Hampton Roads.  Access Partnership in collaboration with Optima Health and The Peninsula Institute for Community Health (PICH) enrolled 1000 eligible patients per year and recruited ~289 specialty providers to participate.

The Oral Health Improvement Coalition of South Hampton Roads (OHICSHR) was established in 2004 by individuals representing 27 organizations.  Access Partnership served as fiscal agent and provided leadership and administrative services for the coalition from 2005-2016

Access Partnership served as community organizer and fiscal agent for the development of a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) in Virginia Beach, which opened in 2007 and continues to serve the community today.   


Current Programs
 
The Donated Medical Supplies & Equipment program accepts new and gently used items which are gifted to organizations and individuals in need.  Collaboration with F.R.E.E., CATS, Virginia Reuse Network and EVMS REMEDY Club improves access to needed items.  Supplies and equipment that is unable to be utilized in our communities is offered to mission groups for humanitarian efforts abroad, keeping tons of would-be waste out of our landfills. 
 
The Dental Access Help Line assists callers in need of dental care by connecting to the dental safety net, outreaches, and dental programs. More than 2,000 calls were received in 2018. Each caller is assessed by our Oral Health Coordinator to determine the most appropriate program or provider to connect for care.  
 
Donated Dental Services (DDS) program connects eligible applicants to volunteer dentists in Hampton Roads and Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  Eligibility is limited to adults over 65 years, disabled persons, or individuals with health conditions requiring dental care to improve their health status (i.e. chemo/radiation treatment, joint replacement, organ transplants, heart surgery).  DDS is a nationwide program of Dental Lifeline Network® and Access Partnership is the first community organization to manage this program at the local level.  In 2018, volunteer dentists and dental labs provided over $307,000 in free dental care. 
 
Dental Outreaches, such as Oral Health Screenings, Dental Access Days and Missions of Mercy are held throughout Hampton Roads in collaboration with Dental Associations, private dentists, clinics and other organizations.  Access Partnership provides promotion, recruitment of volunteers and patients, resource connection and functions as fiscal agent and fundraiser.  Mission of Mercy held in Portsmouth in 2018 provided free dental services valued at $428,000 to nearly 500 adults. 
 
Oral Health 757 newsletters are released quarterly to communicate oral health news and resources to the dental and medical professionals and others interested in improving access to oral health.   
 
Noteworthy News electronic emails are released weekly to share news, events and resources related to health access. Over 1,250 subscribers are on our listserv. 

 

Contact Us

Telephone:  (757) 502-740

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Fax:   1-866- 231-0196

Postal Mail:   1616 Centerville Turnpike, Suite 212, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

  

The Community Access to Care Program has been a great help to me. Thank you so much!

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