Access to Health Care

Outcomes: Residents have access to high-quality facilities and medical professionals to meet community needs

Example Strategies:

  • Support physician recruitment
  • Support training of first responders
  • Support nursing education
  • Ensure adequate transportation
  • Educating young adults about careers in health care


  • No longer a medically underserved area
  • Adequate numbers of well-trained first responders
  • Increased percentage of nurses who attain the Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree

Examples of Current and Past Investments:

  • Joint School Systems – Nursing Program (1996 – 2019)
  • Riverside Health Center, aka Alleghany Highlands Free Clinic
  • Mountain Gateway Community College
  • Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation – Physician Recruitment through Medical School Loan Assistance
  • Southwest Virginia Area Health Education Center (SWAHEC) – Youth Volunteers in Partnership Program
  • Total Action Against Poverty (TAP) – Dental Health Initiative Loan Fund