Sentara Health Awards $670,000 in Grants to 12 Community Partners in Northern Virginia

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Provided by Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Sentara Health announced the allocation of more than $670,000 in grant funding to support 12 community organizations in the Northern Virginia region.

“Much of the funding from this grant cycle will support community-based health equity programs and initiatives centered around behavioral health and equitable access to health care for underserved communities,” said Jeff Joyner, president of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge.

Northern Virginia Community Partners

Organizations in Northern Virginia who have received grants from this recent grant cycle are: 

  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington — St. Margaret of Cortona Transitional & Maternity Housing — Arlington
  • Lorton Community Action Center — Lorton
  • Northern Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council — Gainesville
  • Northern Virginia Food Rescue — Manassas
  • NOVA ScriptsCentral  — Falls Church
  • Nueva Vida — Alexandria
  • Prince William County Area Agency on Aging — Woodbridge
  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church — on behalf of Crossroads Connection —Haymarket
  • The House, Inc. — Woodbridge
  • The Women’s Center — Vienna
  • United Way of the National Capital Area — Vienna
  • Youth For Tomorrow New Life Center, Inc. — Bristow

Statewide grant recipients include the American Heart Association, Rx Partnership, Virginia Down Syndrome Association, and Virginia Victim Assistance Network.

Creating Lasting Change

“We believe that by investing in local, community-based health equity programs and initiatives, particularly in areas of behavioral health, health care accessibility, and affordable housing, we can make a significant impact on improving the well-being of underserved populations,” said Sherry Norquist, MSN-RN, ACM, Executive Director of Community Engagement and Impact at Sentara. “Together with our community partners, we are dedicated to creating a positive and lasting change in the communities we serve.”

This is part of Sentara’s recently announced $5.3 million in grant funding awarded to 137 partner organizations across Virginia and North Carolina in Sentara’s Spring 2023 grant cycle.

These investments represent Sentara’s ongoing commitment to addressing social determinants of health and improving access to care for historically underserved communities.

More than $10 million was awarded by Sentara in the 2022 grant cycles.

Sentara places a high priority on funding community partners and initiatives that align with its key focus areas: health accessibility, behavioral health, housing, workforce training and career development, food security, and social determinants of health. The community partners receiving funding from Sentara encompass the various regions it serves, including Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, Southside Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, Northeast North Carolina, as well as organizations that operate across the entire Commonwealth.

Fall 2023 Grant Cycle opens Aug. 1

Sentara will accept grant applications for the Fall 2023 Grant Cycle from August 1 through September 1, 2023. Community and non-profit organizations are encouraged to visit Sentara Cares for additional information about partnership and funding opportunities.

Additional Community Investment

Separate from the grants awarded by the organization, in 2022 Sentara invested $260 million to support Virginia and North Carolina communities, including $6.7 million in health education and prevention programs, $48.5 million in teaching and training opportunities for healthcare professionals, $48 million in community giving, and $157 million in uncompensated patient care.

Sentara’s efforts are further bolstered by grassroots partnerships with community and faith-based organizations. To learn more about the many ways that Sentara partners with the community, visit Sentara’s 2022 Community Engagement and Impact Report.


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