State-wide giving:  Healthy Communities/Mission Services/
Care-A-Van

Across Central and Eastern Virginia, our Community Services CARE Fund fulfills the Bon Secours mission to provide Good Help to Those in Need.® The powerful impact of this fund is perhaps most visible in the daily mission work of the Care-A-Vans, our mobile health clinics, which provide urgent and primary health care at no cost to at-risk neighborhoods. The fund also supports Pediatric Asthma Education, Safe Landings, and Every Woman’s Life programs.               

Current Initiative – Hampton Roads Care-A-Van

 The Foundations serving the Bon Secours Virginia Health System seek funding to initiate and sustain the Care-A-Van program, the first and only mobile health unit in the South Hampton Roads region. Similar to the successful Care-A-Van program currently operating in Central Virginia, the Hampton Roads Care-A-Van will serve as a gateway to health for the region’s uninsured children and adults by providing free medical services. Operating five days a week, one Care-A-Van vehicle will travel throughout Southeast Hampton Roads’ low-income and rural communities (Norfolk, Portsmouth, parts of Chesapeake, Virginia beach and Suffolk) to offer free primary, urgent and preventative care services.

With an eye toward providing the best quality care to those most in need, Care-A-Van services will be offered on weekends to minimize patients’ time away from work. The bilingual staff also will assist the increasing number of non-English speaking patients. Outreach coordinators will be on hand to provide information about and assistance with applying for Medicaid and/or the state children’s health insurance program. Once fully operational, the Care-A-Van is expected to serve 3,000 patients per year.

Naming and Recognition Opportunities

  • Primary Sponsor for the Care-A-Van Vehicle $500,000
  • Named Fund to Support Program Innovation $500,000
  • Health Services for 1,000 Hampton Roads Residents $100,000
  • School Physicals for 1,000 Children $100,000
  • Honor Roll of Donors for the Care-A-Van Vehicle $10,000

The need:

  • Child poverty rates in the following cities are higher than the state average of 12 percent: Hampton – 14 percent, Newport News – 18 percent, Norfolk - 25 percent, Portsmouth – 24 percent.
  • Roughly half the children in the following cities qualify for free or reduced lunches at school: Hampton – 42 percent, Newport News – 49 percent, Norfolk – 58 percent, Portsmouth – 52 percent.
  • Hampton Roads residents are more demographically diverse than the rest of Virginia, with a large African-American population that suffers disproportionately from health and social disparities (e.g., infant mortality, teen pregnancy, pre- and post-natal care).
  • The infant mortality rate for African-American women is unacceptably high at 20 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in Hampton and Virginia Beach, and nearly 15 deaths per 1,000 live births in Norfolk and Portsmouth.
  • Approximately 14 percent of Hampton Roads residents younger than 65 years of age are uninsured, even though the great majority of them are currently working.
  • Low-income uninsured adults in Virginia are much less likely than low-income insured adults to receive care or to have a usual source for health care, and are more likely to have unmet health needs.
  • Almost 60 percent of low-income uninsured adults had an unmet need for care in the last year because of the financial difficulty of paying for health care.
  • Uninsured children fare worse than insured children on medical care use measures - just over 27 percent of uninsured children had no medical care in the previous 12 months, compared to 10 percent of insured children.