Community and Institutional Partnerships

Appalachian Telemental Health Network, Virginia Telehealth Network and Telehealth Village

UVA Karen S. Rheuban Center of Telehealth (Telemedicine Experts Providing Regional Care | UVA Health), For decades, the UVA Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth has led the way in technical innovation that gives healthcare to those in need. The center makes care possible for stroke patients in the back of an ambulance. We help world-class cancer care reach people in small Appalachian towns. With our support, patients receive monitoring in their homes to reduce the need for hospital readmission. And through our virtual platforms, women with high-risk pregnancies deliver healthy babies.

Region X Community Services Board (Region Ten Community Services Board – Charlottesville, VA) Established in 1969, Region Ten Community Services Board is part of a statewide network of 40 Community Service Boards working to provide mental health, developmental disability and substance use services where they are needed – in the local community.

International Rescue Committee (Rescue lives in Charlottesville, VA | International Rescue Committee (IRC)) – Provides opportunities and support for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in Charlottesville. Through the IFMC we partner with the IRC to provide support for their clients mental health needs. In addition, we coordinate mental health workshops for the IRC staff in order for them to better understand different mental health disorders within the diverse cultural and social contexts.

Creciendo Juntos (HOME | Cj Network ( – Is a local non profit organization that provides a platform for the voices, needs and wants of the Latinx community in Charlottesville and surrounding counties through education and leadership development. We work with CJ in partnership with two of their programs, Cultiva and La Cultura Cura

  • Cultiva is CJ’s Mental Health Work Group which seeks  to promote the availability, coordination and quality of mental health services for the Spanish-speaking community in our region. The group supports education, outreach and advocacy initiatives to ensure access by members of the Hispanic community to mental health services.
  • La Cultura Cura is an intergenerational social support group that centers Latina women and Latinx femmes, in connecting, healing, and learning together. The goal of this group is to create a space for cultivating healing and joy through the power of cultural celebration, sisterhood, social solidarity and self actualization.

The Women’s Initiative (The Women’s Initiative (  Is a local organization that provides mental health services for women regardless of ability to pay. The mission of The Women’s Initiative is to provide women with effective counseling, social support and education so they can transform life challenges into positive change and growth. We partner with one of TWI’s programs, Bienestar, which creates a safe space for Latina women to find solutions to their problems by honoring their own truth.

Cultivando Tu Bienestar (‎Cultivando tu Bienestar on Apple Podcasts) – Is a podcast which we helped establish in partnership with TWI’s Bienestar Program and CJ’s Cultiva Program. The podcast aims to promote dialogue about mental health, highlight the importance of self-care, and build resilience in the Latinx community.

The Latino Health Initiative (UVA Latino Health Initiative | ( is an organization of the University of Virginia that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the Latino community in the Charlottesville area. We work in partnership with LHI to bring clinical services in la Clinica Latina at the Charlottesville Free Clinic as well as coordinate and bring community mental health workshops.

Health Wagon/Appalachia Center for Excellence in Health (The Health Wagon | Wise, Virginia) – The Health Wagon’s mission is to provide compassionate, quality health care to the medically underserved people in the Mountains of Appalachia in Virginia. Our values are inclusiveness, community outreach, collaboration, spirituality, and empowerment.

Healthy Appalachia, University of Virginia at Wise (Healthy Appalachia Institute | Restoring Health Through Community) –  The Healthy Appalachia Institute is working to improve the health, education, environment and prosperity for residents of Central Appalachia by collaborating across communities and organizations, generating and implementing new ideas, and engaging the social, economic and scientific issues that exist at the interface of health and the Appalachian culture.

One Care of Southwest Virginia (One Care – of Southwest Virginia, Inc. ( – One Care of SWVA serves as a consortium of 16 substance abuse coalitions working throughout the 21 counties and cities in the region. The 25 member Board of Directors includes representatives from community service boards, faith based organizations, social services and the health care, higher education, law enforcement and recovery communities. Outreach to business and industry and senior services organization sectors is ongoing. The One Care of SWVA Board operates collaboratively and is committed to undertaking a broad based strategic planning initiative – a Blueprint for the control and mitigation of substance abuse and misuse in southwest Virginia facilitated by the Healthy Appalachia Institute and with the encouragement of the Southwest Virginia Health Authority, regional partners and elected officials.

Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center, Radford University – Theresa L. Burriss, PhD, Director (Appalachian Studies | Radford University) – The Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center (ARRSC) provides students with an understanding of the heritages, environments, and cultures of the Appalachian region. Moreover, ARRSC faculty and support personnel engage in various forms of community outreach and are available to support student and public research. 

Division of Diversity and Health Equity, American Psychiatric Association (Diversity & Health Equity ( – APA members represent a diverse and culturally responsive community of psychiatrists that promote mental health equity through the provision of quality mental health care to all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religious orientation, and/or disability status.

Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health (VDH)