Health coalition tackles Medicaid expansion, workforce readiness with Harvest grant

The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness will use a two-year, $929,720 grant to focus on Medicaid expansion and services to its clients. Pictured from left are Mike Farley, executive director of the coalition, Sheryl Agee, impact officer and team leader at The Harvest Foundation, and Dr. James Rountree, president of the coalition’s board of directors.
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness has received a two-year grant worth $929,720 from the Harvest Foundation in Martinsville.

With the funds, the coalition will focus on Virginia’s Medicaid expansion and build on its existing programs, according to a release from Harvest.

The Coalition will partner with the Department of Social Services to enroll uninsured adults who are newly-eligible for Medicaid by providing one-on-one application assistance. The state’s Medicaid expansion will impact around 3,800 local residents, the release stated.

The coalition also will focus on continuing its work in connecting patients and clients with employment opportunities and use those connections to move patients forward and maintain their health gains.

“We are proud of the ongoing relationship we have had with the Coalition,” Sheryl Agee, impact officer and team leader at The Harvest Foundation, said in the release. “They are a strong organization and an integral part of our local healthcare system.”

The Coalition’s Health Connect Center will serve as a hub for employment assistance services and support the transition of existing Health Connect clients to Medicaid. According to the grant application, approximately 75 percent of Health Connect clients will be eligible for Medicaid. In addition, 95 percent of clients are working age (19-64) with 25 percent working full or part time, the release added.

The coalition will enhance services by improving its ability to connect patients not only with health services, but also workforce, educational and training services. Patients will be referred to United Way of Henry County and Martinsville’s “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World” program, and a referral system will be established with the Virginia Workforce Center.

In addition, the coalition will work with Community Recovery Program (a program of Piedmont Community Services) to establish job readiness and successful employment training workshops at the Health Connect Center. Through these joint partnerships, patients will receive help with job searches, resume writing, interviewing and other skills.