Income, Geography and Race: The Disproportionate Prevalence of Avoidable Hospitalizations

Typically, we think of the hospital as the patient’s last resort. High costs and the often-stressful environment of these busy facilities’ halls prove unideal for patients, even those of the greatest affluence and especially to those of low-income status. Yet, when access to primary and preventive care in a population is limited, history demonstrates that […]

Innovator Interview: Secretary Daniel Carey, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Carey, M.D, joined the Northam Administration as the Secretary of Health and Human Resources this January. Secretary Carey served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Centra and has held the past positions of President of the Lynchburg Academy of Science, the Medical Society of Virginia and the MSV Foundation. VHIN got the exciting opportunity to […]

Governor Northam on Health Care: 5 Things to Know

Governor Northam on Health Care: 5 Things to Know             January has brought the dawn of a new year for Virginia and with it a new gubernatorial administration led by the former Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam. Northam’s 2018 assent into office promises to bring 4 years of heightened political attention to Virginia’s pervasive healthcare issues […]

Men’s Health Month Brings Awareness to the Gender Disparity in Health, Calling for Behavioral Change

 June is Men’s Health Month– a time to promote awareness of preventable, male health problems and encourage active involvement by men in the betterment of their own physical and mental wellness. Since 1994, the nationally recognized month has been observed throughout the U.S with media campaigns, health education events, screening promotions and the wearing of the […]

Same Day Access: “One of the Most Significant Improvements for Mental Health in Virginia’s Recent History” Launches July 1st

As a state ranked 42nd overall by Mental Health America for a high prevalence of mental illness and limited access to care,1 The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ launch of the Same Day Access Program is a valuable step in bettering the initial assessment and care management for the estimated 29.4 percent of […]