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Over the past fifteen years, ANHSI has grown from a small community clinic in the Arlandria neighborhood in Alexandria serving 1,500 patients a year to seven clinical sites in Alexandria and Arlington providing comprehensive primary health care, including dental and mental health services, to nearly 14,000 children, women, and men. 42,938 health care visits were held in 2011.
Thanks to significant support from Alexandria residents and the City of Alexandria, robust partnerships with private foundations and community agencies, and a key federal program, ANHSI has been able to vastly expand services and we have become a critical medical home for our community.
In 1993 the Alexandria Health Department created the Arlandria Health Center for Women and Children in response to the evident need for health services for low-income families in the neighborhood. When the grant for the clinic ran out, community members stepped in to save the clinic. A coalition of Alexandria neighbors created a nonprofit organization to run the clinic, and in 1997 Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services Inc., or ANHSI, was born.
Through a variety of grants and other local support, ANHSI added services and programs every year to meet community demand. Then, in 2003, ANHSI applied to become a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), a designation by the US Department of Health and Human Services that brings significant funding to local organizations that pledge to provide comprehensive primary health care services to individuals regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, insurance status or ability to pay. ANHSI was awarded FQHC status in 2004, and became Northern Virginia’s first Federally Qualified Health Center.
Today at seven sites, we provide comprehensive, community-based primary health care, including access to free and discounted medications; pediatrics; chronic disease management; dental care; enrollment in child health insurance; family support and case management; general medicine; health, nutrition, and parenting education; immunizations for children and adults; mental health counseling; a walk-in clinic; and women’s health and gynecology, including family planning. An Electronic Medical Record system is fully operational at all seven clinical sites. Cultural and language expertise, collaboration, and community support distinguish our services.
ANHSI patients come from the City of Alexandria and from Arlington and Fairfax Counties. The majority of patients are people who experience significant barriers to access to health care and unfavorable health disparities. 78 to 80 percent of ANHSI patients are uninsured, which is twice the national uninsured rate for community health centers. We are pleased to also serve patients who have private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Our patients come from all walks of life and we give each of them the same compassionate care and the highest quality care.
ANHSI is a vital safety net and community resource in Northern Virginia. We are privileged to serve our community and to have the opportunity to improve the health and quality of life for thousands of individuals and families.
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