From the VCHA website:
From its western most borders to the Eastern Shore, nearly two-thirds of Virginia’s counties are designated as full or partially medically under served areas. Additionally, nearly one million Virginians have no health insurance. These fellow residents and areas of the Commonwealth are the focus of the Virginia Community Heathcare Association’s efforts.
Since 1980, The Association has worked with Virginia’s communities to bring primary health care to the neediest areas. A not-for-profit organization, The Association’s mission is to assure that all Virginians, regardless of geographic location or income, have access to appropriate and affordable primary health care.
The Association also is the statewide association for Virginia’s community health centers (CHC's) and similar organizations including nonprofit rural health clinics, community-based providers of primary care, and health departments providing primary care services. A community health center is a not-for-profit corporation located in a medically under served area to provide primary health care to anyone seeking care.
CHC's are community based, provide universal access to primary health care and are governed by a volunteer board of directors.
Over the years, The Association has been a driving force in establishing and maintaining both local and statewide efforts to improve primary health care. Among the efforts The Association has been a founder or original sponsor of Virginia’s Five Point Plan to Strengthen the Primary Care System; Area Health Education Centers (AHEC); Virginia Center for the Advancement of Generalist Medicine; and the Practice Sights Initiative.