NEW CANTON — Three local health centers are pleased to partner with the Virginia Department of Health in a new contraceptive initiative. Hopewell-Prince George Community Health Center, or HPG, Appomattox Area Health and Wellness Center, or AAHWC, and Petersburg Health Care Alliance are participating in the initiative which will allow low-income, uninsured women to receive long-acting reversible contraceptives, LARCs, free of charge. The program is open to uninsured women and individuals do not have to be health center patients to receive the service.

HPG, AAHWC, and PHCA are all part of Central Virginia Health Services, or CVHS, a non-profit community health center - Virginia’s first community health center. Services vary by location and include family medical, dental, and behavioral health services. Community health centers such as these are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care because of geography, lack of insurance, poverty, or other factors. Along with other health care safety net providers, the health centers play a key role in the community’s health. The health centers take most insurance plans and offer an income-based discount for services for low-income families.

Those who are interested may call the health center for more information. Information from HPG may be obtained by calling 804-452-5800; from AAHWC by calling 804-733-5591; and from PHCA by calling 804-957-9601.

By Contributed Report