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CrossOver Healthcare Ministry expands program for women with 3 grants

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry staff physician Danielle Avula examines patient Lorena. (Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen)

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry has received three major grants from local foundations to support its women’s health and midwifery program. The grants will help expand and improve CrossOver’s women’s health program and prenatal care.

Virginia recently expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income pregnant women, regardless of documentation status, effective July 1, 2021. Now nearly all prenatal patients in CrossOver are eligible for Medicaid coverage, according to the organization’s managers.

CrossOver’s OB program has served approximately 200 pregnant women locally and supported the delivery of 125 babies at local hospitals. The majority of these patients speak Spanish. Now, with Medicaid expansion and recent grants, CrossOver officials hope to expand the program to at least 350 women this year.

Grants came from:

• The Virginia Health Care Foundation, which awarded CrossOver nearly $94,000 to support the hiring of a part-time nurse practitioner/physician assistant specializing in women’s health/prenatal care to provide direct patient care and oversee the program. (The grant will also increase access to oral health care and education by increasing the availability of CrossOver dentist and dental hygienist appointments.) The grant is for a period of one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two years.

• Sentara Cares Foundation, which provided a $100,000 grant to support the hiring of a full-time medical assistant to provide clinic floor support for the program and an admissions coordinator at part-time to register all new pregnant patients for CrossOver and Medicaid, as well as help schedule appointments and other administrative needs. Funds are also allocated for clinical equipment and supplies. The grant is for a period of one year.

• The Community Health Workers for a Healthy Virginia project, which (through a partnership with the Institute for Public Health Innovation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) awarded the organization a $63,300 multi-year grant to hire a Bilingual Community Health Worker to provide care coordination, referral tracking and patient education within the Women’s Health Program and to fund COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Funding is for a period of one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two years.

“These grants will transform our women’s health and obstetrics program,” said Julie Bilodeau, CEO of CrossOver. “The combination of these scholarships and partnerships will expand and improve the women’s health services, including antenatal and postpartum care, that we can provide, and help improve birth outcomes. This program expansion will help us improve birth outcomes and support our pregnant clients from the first to fourth trimester. Overall, we are excited that CrossOver can increase the number of pregnant clients we serve in the coming year with high quality care in a nursing home.

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry operates two medical clinics for underserved patients; one in the city of Richmond and one in Henrico County. For more details, visit www.crossoverministry.org.


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