About Us


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.  Once started, Access Partnership expanded its network 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.


Current Programs

The Donated Medical Supplies & Equipment program accepts new and gently used items which are gifted to individuals in need.  Electronic Newsblasts are sent monthly to communicate available inventory.  Collaboration with F.R.E.E., CATS, Virginia Reuse Network and EVMS REMEDY Club improves access to needed items. 

The Dental Access Help Line assists callers in need of dental care by connecting to the dental safety net, outreaches, and dental programs. On average, 1,500 calls are received annually. Each caller is assessed to determine the most appropriate program or provider to refer 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®.

Dental Outreaches, such as Missions of Mercy are held annually throughout Hampton Roads in collaboration with Virginia Dental Association and Atlantic Dental Care.  Approximately 500 adults are provided free dental care at each MOM event. 

Oral Health 757 newsletters are released quarterly to report 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.


Contact Us

Telephone:  (757) 502-740

  • Dental Coordinator - Ext  3 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Fax:   1-866- 231-0196

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

I am very grateful and blessed to have access to the Community Access to Care Program!

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