About The West Virginia Primary Care Association
Our Vision, Mission, Strategic Goals, and History
The West Virginia Primary Care Association will be the leading source of expertise in the delivery of comprehensive primary care services in West Virginia.
The West Virginia Primary Care Association will lead its members to strengthen and support the delivery of high quality, affordable and accessible primary health care through organizational development, advocacy, education and expertise in health policy, quality and innovation.
Our Strategic Goals
- Assist community health centers in demonstrating accountability to communities and strategic partners
- Build community health centers into competitive employers and strengthen workforce capacity
- Advocate for models of healthcare financing that sustain the community health center system of care
- Cultivate consensus among all community health centers to advance unified objectives and assure evidence-based primary care is accessible and affordable
The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) was founded in 1983. Its history is filled with the hard work of many individuals committed to assuring access to primary care services to the residents of West Virginia. In 1976, a Study Group was formed to act in an advisory capacity to the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Funds to provide input into the formulation of policy regarding the establishment of new primary care projects in West Virginia. By early 1978, the Study Group represented nearly 100 health care delivery sites. Under the leadership of Dr. Donald Chadwick of the Funds Regional Office, the mission of the Study group was expanded to become the primary advocate for the organized primary care system in West Virginia. This group became the West Virginia Primary Care Study Group.
A critical turning point in the evolution of the WVPCA occurred in the mid-1980’s as a result of controversy surrounding federal block grants. The WVPCA assumed a national leadership role in efforts to maintain direct funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration as opposed to a state block grant program. With the resolution of the block grant controversy, the West Virginia Primary Care Study Group and the West Virginia Association of Community Health Centers merged to become the West Virginia Primary Care Association.
The WVPCA is now compromised of 34 organizational members (community health centers and primary care clinics) with over 265 clinical sites that employ more than 3,100 people, including more than 400 physicians, dentists, mid-level providers, and behavioral health providers. Collectively, health centers provide primary care, dental and behavioral health services, school-based services, and access to reduced-cost medications to more than 400,00 West Virginians.
For more information, please click this link to download Community Health Centers at a Glance.
The West Virginia Primary Care Association's offices are located at 1700 MacCorkle Ave, SE, Charleston, WV 25314.
Office hours are 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday thru Friday.