In Healthy Roanoke Valley’s geographic service area, portions of Botetourt County, all of Craig County, and the Northwest and Southeast quadrants in the City of Roanoke are designated as Medically Underserved Areas. These areas are also designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas for Primary Care.
More residents living in the City of Roanoke are uninsured (18%) as compared to other localities in the Valley and Virginia as a whole (County Health Rankings, 2014).
In the 2012 Roanoke Valley Community Health Needs Assessment, the cost of services, high co-pays, and having no regular source of healthcare were noted as the greatest barriers to healthcare by Community Health Survey respondents. Oftentimes, uninsured and underinsured focus group participants reported using the Emergency Department as a source for primary care.
Healthy Roanoke Valley Goal and Program Strategy
Access to Medical/Primary Care Goal: Improve access to affordable, comprehensive primary care services especially for the underserved in the Roanoke Valley.
Access to Medical/Primary Care Program Strategy: Serve in an advisory/supportive capacity to Healthy Roanoke Valley initiatives that result in improved access to comprehensive primary care, coordination of care, and a culture of wellness.
- Increase the proportion of persons with a usual primary care provider.
- Increase the proportion of persons with a specific source of ongoing care.
Action Team Initiatives:
The Medical/Primary Care Action Team is providing support to other Action Team initiatives, including:
- Coordination of Care: Community Pathways HUB
- Oral Health: Medical-Dental Collaborative
- Wellness: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program