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February 21, 2019

David Roberts, M.D., GYN, Chief Medical Officer of the Community Health Center of the New River Valley speaks with WSLS about heart health and women.

FEBRUARY 07, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $2 Million For Christiansburg Free Clinic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,914,251 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Free Clinic of the New River Valley in Christiansburg. This funding will allow the clinic to provide quality health care and dental services to individuals who cannot afford care or lack insurance.

“We’re pleased to announce federal funding to ensure the Free Clinic of the New River Valley can continue to offer valuable care to the community,” the Senators said. “The clinic helps ensure that uninsured and low-income patients can access the medical, dental, and preventative health services they need.”

This funding was awarded through HHS’s Health Resources & Services Administration Health Center Cluster Program. More than 27 million people in the U.S. rely on HRSA-funded health centers for affordable primary health care.

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Community Health Center of the New River Valley helps adults access new health coverage

January 1, 2019

Liz Kirchner
In Virginia, nearly four hundred thousand low-income people were stuck in the health care coverage gap: unable to get quality, affordable coverage through the federal insurance marketplace because they don’t make enough money, but unable qualify for Medicaid because they make too much.

In June of this year, Virginia voted in a bipartisan decision to shrink that Medicaid loophole.

Of the 370,000 people who may be eligible to receive assistance, nearly 4000 are Montgomery County residents according to research presented earlier this year by the Commonwealth Group for Fiscal Analysis.

As of Jan. 1, 2019, new health coverage has become available to people between 19- and 64-years-old and have incomes below 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, that’s $16,643 for an individual and $28,180 for a family of three.

Because self-employed people or those working in retail, construction, childcare, landscaping, food service frequently do not have access to affordable health insurance, they may now be able to get low-cost health insurance that includes regular preventive care and treatment for chronic health conditions.

The Community Health Center of the NRV, housed in Montgomery, Giles and Pulaski counties, is helping people determine whether they’re eligible for health care, and how to choose among plans.

“Our staff works one-on-one to help people choose which approved Medicaid Managed Care Organization would best fit their health care needs based on the additional benefits, like dental or vision coverage,” Elizabeth Hager, patient services and volunteer coordinator at the center said.

In the run-up to the Jan. 1 opening of coverage, the CHC has assisted 160 people with questions and signing up.

“In November, I helped a patient, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, sign up for New Health Coverage for Adults,” Hager said. “When she found out that she was eligible for Medicaid, she cried.”

The self-employed client hadn’t been able to work.

“By becoming eligible for New Health Coverage for Adults, she can focus her energy on healing not worrying about whether she can pay her electric bill,” Hager said.

For more information, call 540 381-0820, or visit



We Welcome David Roberts, MD, to Our Team!

February 1, 2018

Poster welcoming Dr. David Roberts

Community Health Center of the New River Valley
Announces New Board Leadership
January 18, 2018 - 
The Community Health Center of the New River Valley in Christiansburg, Virginia, is pleased to announce newly-elected Board Members and Officers for 2018-2019.   
Tracy Cohn, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Radford University (RU), is the new Board Chairman.  Cohn has been active with the Community Health Center since 2012 and teaching at RU as an Associate Professor of Psychology since 2007. In addition, Dr. Cohn maintains a private practice in Blacksburg.  
Other Executive Officers include: Treasurer - Chuck Sawyers, Carilion Clinic Vice President of Finance, and Secretary - Lynne Knox, Director of Blacksburg Montessori School. James Bohland, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech School of Public and Internal Affairs, is Past-Chairman.   
These individuals are joined by: Bettye Ackerman, Attorney; Jim Bronnenkant, Director of Operations retiree from UTC Aerospace Systems; Judy Diggs, Director of Student Intervention Services for Montgomery County Public Schools; Anthony Grafsky, Senior Director of Clinical Operations, Carilion Clinic; Joan Hirt, Ph.D.; Jacquelyn Jackson; Susan Marmagas, MPH, Associate Professor of Practice and MPH Program Director, Virginia Tech; Beth Paterson, Science Teacher, Auburn High School; Julie Settlage, DVM, DACVS, MSc Vet Ed, Acting Attending Veterinarian and Interim Director of Laboratory Animal Resources for Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinarian Medicine; and John T. Staten Jr., Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools.  
Happy Holidays from CHCNRV!

Holiday photos

We are honored to be a part of the
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. 

Decemeber 7, 2017 -  Michelle Brauns, CEO, was honored with the 2017 Non-Profit Leader of the year and Melissa Stockwell-Gregson was honored for her outstanding community service.  
Photos at December awards

October 13, 2017 - We are excited to announce the completion of our Montgomery Center renovations! WDBJ7 reported from our ribbon cutting held October 13.


May 30, 2017 - The official ribbon cutting for the Radford/Pulaski Center was held on May 25. With help from the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce, Michelle, Board Chairman, Dr. Jim Bohland, and Virginia Community Healthcare Association Executive Director Neil Graham, addressed the crowd of approximately 60 local business owners, government officials, and current/future patients, and shared our mission and goals of meeting the healthcare needs of those in the Radford and Pulaski region. 

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Our 2016 holiday letter to friends.

2016 Letter from Community Health Center
We are committed to our community!

Table Top Health Indicator Summary Dec 2016

We welcome Morgan Akers, FNP-BC, to our team!
January 2017

Akers welcome message

December 14, 2016 - What an exceptional year we've had.  We wouldn't be where we are today without the people in our community who continue to support our mission year after year. Thank you to all of our donors!

We ended the year with a little fun, check out out Facebook frame photo booth!

Facebook Frame Collage

December 1, 2016 - During the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, we were honored to be selected for Non-Profit of the Year. It was quite a surprise but a humbling experience to be recognized by those in our community. 

Additionally, Melissa Gregson, one of our staff members, graduated from the 2016 Leadership of the New River Valley program where she was honored with the Spark Plug Award, an honor voted on by her fellow classmates. 

MCCC Anual Dinner photos

October 20, 2016 - Created and sponsored by a Community Health Center program:  G-Net (Giles Network) held its 5th annual  Appalachian Cultural Competency training on October 21st at Mountain Lake Lodge in Giles County.  This all-day workshop featured Dr. Theresa Burris, Director of  the Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center at Radford University and her colleague, Mr. Ricky Cox, an English instructor from Radford Univ. whose research focuses on Appalachian culture.

We thank all of the Giles Network agencies and the attendees for another tremendous learning experience this year

       photos of mountains, man planning guitar

October 14, 2016- After seven years, Amy Westmoreland has rotated off of the Board of Directors of the Community Health Center. During her tenure, Amy served as Board Chair and played an integral role in our transition from free clinic to a Federally Qualified Community Health Center.  We will greatly miss her and her exceptional leadership of this Center!

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The Community Health Center welcomes Dr. Mansdoerfer to our team!

Mansdoerfer Dentist Ad

Community Health Center of the New River Valley
Receives Quality Improvement Award

August 22, 2016 - The Community Health Center has been awarded a “Health Center Quality Improvement Award” from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The financial award is based on high performance within categories including: Improving Quality of Care, Advancing Health Equity, Enhancing Access to Care and Delivering Value.  The Center’s award of $61,209 will be used to expand quality improvement activities to strengthen health care delivery for patients.

The Center has always been committed to providing high-quality care. Between 2015 and 2016, the Center’s services grew with a 22 percent increase in the patient base and 35 percent increase in patient visits across all services.

“Staff and volunteers work very hard every day for our patients to provide them the high-level of quality care they deserve.” says Michelle Brauns, CEO. “Receiving this funding based on the quality of work our staff puts forth demonstrates our commitment to building a healthier community.”

Community Health Center of the New River Valley
Receives Facility Renovation and Improvement Funding

July 25, 2016The Community Health Center was recently awarded a Health Infrastructure Investment Program grant for facility renovation and construction to increase patient capacity at the Christiansburg site.

          CHCNRV was one of ten federally-qualified health care centers in Virginia to receive an award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Center’s award- $1 million -will allow for both internal and external building renovations, upgrades and equipment purchase as well as provide for the addition of two pediatric rooms.

          HRSA’s provision of the funding stems from their commitment to expand access to care for those individuals who have become insured through the Affordable Care Act implementation.

          The Center served more than 2,400 low-income, uninsured and insured individuals in 2015. That number is on par to increase in 2016 and the building renovation will be a timely change to accommodate the expansion. “We are adding two exam rooms to better accommodate our pediatric patient care, as well a fifth dental operatory for the surge of dental patients we’re serving,” says Michelle Brauns, CEO. “In addition, the building – an old motel initially - hasn’t been updated since 2003 and we hope our modern upgrades will truly enhance the patient experience."

          The Center has chosen the architecture and engineering firm, Thompson and Litton, to provide professional design services.  It is anticipated that construction will be completed by late summer, 2017.  

Radford University's Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) students will continue to serve
Community Health Center patients.