Optima Health believes that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their best health. Often, factors outside an individual’s control can impact personal health – ethnic origin, race, geography and economics. Optima Health is committed to partnering with organizations that help to improve the health and well-being of the members it serves.
Optima Health is a part of Sentara Healthcare, a regional not-for-profit healthcare system. Optima Family Care, a Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) product, is committed to providing courteous, professional and quality care to members of the Medicaid community throughout the state of Virginia.
Through the Optima Family Care community outreach program, community needs in the areas of health, education, housing and financial stability are addressed.
Optima Health is committed to improving the lives of members and the communities we serve. Through leadership and participation with local, regional and national organizations, we address community needs in the areas of health, education, housing and financial stability.
Optima Family Care takes part in several hundred neighborhood events each year.
We assist our members and the communities we serve by increasing access to quality services, and offering health education about the importance of preventive care and early detection.
In collaboration with other community organizations, Optima Family Care works to increase health care knowledge, as well as to provide educational opportunities for students.
Awareness and access to existing programs that promote home ownership, increase access to affordable housing and reduce homelessness.
Awareness and participation in programs that provide employment opportunities, and increase financial literacy to empower communities.
Following are highlights of many organizations with which we partner:
The Optima Family Care HEAP program encourages healthy living and lifestyles among youth. The program is administered by local parks and recreation as well as Boys and Girls Clubs, and results have proved positive outcomes for youth participation.
Optima Family Care partners with the Capital Area Health Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health status within the communities of Metropolitan Richmond. With its six medical centers, two dental centers and school-based mobile health unit, CAHN provides care to underserved individuals in our communities.
Through sponsorship and staff volunteer time, Optima Family Care supports the Health Wagon mobile and stationary clinics in providing compassionate, quality health care to medically underserved people in rural Appalachia. The Health Wagon offers access to quality health care, as well as hope, for some of our communities’ must vulnerable citizens.
Optima Family Care supports each of the convention annual sessions and association meetings, as well as individual churches, by helping to plan and participate in health fairs and other health-related events, presentations and regional conferences. The conventions provide services and resources to approximately 1,800 churches and 50 regional associations.
Optima Family Care supports the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia scholarship program, which helps children in low income families go to college. This initiative seeks to eliminate the achievement gap of African American males in grades K-12, through its mentoring and scholarship programs.
Each year, the L.D. Britt scholarship fund awards a scholarship to a deserving minority student who plans to pursue a doctor of medicine degree. Optima Family Care proudly partners with this organization.
Optima Family Care supports the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in its work, administering programs to help lower- and moderate-income families achieve homeownership.
Optima Family Care provides assistance to Habitat for Humanity in its efforts to build homes for low income families. With help from this organization, homeowners are able to achieve the strength and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families.
In support of the BB&T home ownership community outreach initiative, Optima Family Care provides in-kind and staff support to help improve quality of life through local charities in our communities.
Optima Family Care has sponsored and participated in these annual events taking place in Norfolk, Richmond and Petersburg. The parades provide hope and joy for children and their families, as they receive donated toys during the holidays.
Hampton Roads - Central Virginia
Optima Family Care has supported the Salvation Army Christmas Program, providing aid to needy families, seniors and the homeless.
Hampton Roads - Southwest Virginia
Assets for Independence is a community-based approach for giving low-income families a hand up out of poverty. Optima Family Care is a proud sponsor of this initiative.
To view a complete list of the community organizations we partner with:
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The organizations we support do important work and help so many people in our communities.
Jordan Wideman was the recipient of a 900 Men Strong 2017 scholarship, sponsored by Optima Family Care. Here is what Jordan had to say about how the organization and scholarship have helped him:
“I’m more than grateful to be able to receive this scholarship and to participate in such a bonding environment.”
Cindi received a Misfit fitness tracker through an Optima Family Care exercise program. This is what Cindi said about how it has helped her be healthier:
“I have really enjoyed using the Misfit because it encourages me to work harder each day to improve on my daily activity.”
Alexander Beverly was a student of the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia, M-cubed program, which focuses on the three M’s: Math, Men and Mission, to help 5th through 8th graders develop strong math skills. Here’s what he says:
“I would say that my success as a student, as well as a person, is because of the devotion of 100 Black Men of Central Virginia to instill confidence in the black male youth of Charlottesville.”
Almon Hall is the Health Ministry Coordinator at the Greater Nazarene Baptist Church. This is what he says about the resources his church has received through the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and Optima Family Care:
“We have received and distributed information regarding diabetes, breast cancer and healthy eating to name a few. This information has helped our community to become healthier and to prolong lives.”
A mother said this about how the Head Start program, supported by Optima Family Care, helped her family:
“My son, who is now a 5th grader, reads on an eighth grade reading level and is an Honor Roll student. Head Start makes a difference in the family as a whole, and I know it will continue to change the community one family at a time.”
We are thrilled with the outpouring of support we receive from our neighbors in the community.
Optima Family Care has supported our efforts to better the lives of Central Virginia’s youth, since 2011. Through scholarships and mentoring programs, we are eliminating the achievement gap of African American males in grades K-12. Thank you Optima Health for helping us keep this community tradition alive.
Optima Family Care has supported our efforts to improve health in the Metropolitan Richmond communities, since 2005. As a provider organization, we are proud Optima Health is open to exploring innovative ideas that will help improve the health of the communities we serve. We are pleased to partner with Optima Health to meet the growing needs of our current and future patients. They are a valuable community resource.
The cooperation of Optima Family Care is truly remarkable. Their participation in Habitat for Humanity community events gives deserving families stability through homeownership. We would not be able to do what we do without the support of organizations like Optima Health.
Optima Family Care is helping the Health Wagon make a difference for our medically-underserved neighbors in poverty-stricken rural Appalachia. We sincerely value their commitment, which helps us provide access to quality health care for some of the most needy and vulnerable individuals in the nation.
I would like to thank Optima Family Care for its commitment to ensuring more underserved Harrisonburg, VA middle school youth have access to quality educational experiences and caring adults during the out-of-school hours through the HEAP program. Thanks to the support from Optima Health and partnership with the HEAP program, we created significant opportunity for our middle school youth to learn how to live a healthier lifestyle in a fun and interactive way. We are proud to count Optima Health as a true community partner and look forward to continuing to work together to change the lives of Harrisonburg youth in the years ahead. Thank you!
Optima Family Care has been a dedicated partner of the Ricky Johnson and Friends Foundation, since 2009. In doing so, they have put smiles on the faces of children and their families in Richmond, Petersburg and Norfolk, VA. With Optima Health and other supporters, we have given tens of thousands of holiday gifts to children, which their families may not have otherwise been able to afford. We are excited to partner with Optima Health, to continue in fulfilling our mission of providing education on the resources available in our communities.
Optima Family Care provides sponsorship of various programs throughout the state, and we would like to inform you of our process for requesting funds. Please review the Guidelines for Community Benefit Sponsorship and pay special attention to the sponsorship request deadlines. Any requests for funding or sponsorship must be submitted using the Sponsorship Request Template - no exceptions can be made.
Guidelines for Community Benefit Sponsorship
Awarded sponsorships should help to improve the health status of the community. If your organization’s request for funding does not have a health component, it must enhance the community in the areas of housing, education or financial literacy.