The last word in our corporate social responsibility program’s name says it all – Sentara Community Health & Wellness Partnership. Making a meaningful impact on social determinants of health requires more than we alone can deliver. We believe that an inspired and well-coordinated team effort is the foundation for success.
We team up with a number of community-based organizations that have considerable expertise and experience in our focus areas. Partners like the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the Virginia Federation of Food Banks, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, and many others are the true heroes of our community work.
You can learn more about our partners here:
- LOCAL INITIATIVES SUPPORT CORPORATION (LISC)
- FEDERATION OF VIRGINIA FOOD BANKS
- HAMPTON ROADS WORKFORCE COUNCIL
Announced in late 2019, the new program is part of a joint effort with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to invest $100 million in local “social determinants” of health, like affordable housing, small businesses, and programs that prepare people for living wage jobs.
Sentara and LISC’s alliance will address these factors by facilitating the development and construction of new affordable housing, including supportive housing units for individuals with mental and behavioral health needs, as well as promote health care access and social services for residents. LISC and Sentara’s partnership also aims to prepare people for quality jobs in growth industries through training and coaching, as well as providing support to local entrepreneurs, with the goal of improving individual incomes and expanding local employment.
The Federation of Virginia Food Banks
This year, one in seven Virginians will struggle with hunger. That’s over 1.2 million people, including children, who are not receiving the nutrition they need to thrive. Many reach points in their daily lives where they’re not sure of the source of their next meal. There are so many people in this situation that the social services industry has a name for them – the food insecure. Virginia’s food banks have responded to this unprecedented increase in demand with urgency, but the continuing needs of Virginians threatens to outpace their capacity to meet those needs.
Sentara Healthcare, Truist, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks partnered to develop the We Care COVID-19 Virginia Emergency Food Support Plan. The “We Care” initiative provides meals and nourishment to families during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond in a new, innovative emergency food care package that can be more easily assembled and distributed through food distribution points managed by Virginia’s seven regional food banks and their associated partners.
The Hampton Roads Workforce Council
Established by the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council provides strategic workforce development solutions for the South and Western Hampton Roads region, which includes these localities: Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.
Sentara and the Workforce Council are coming together to ensure that people in our communities get the assistance and services they need through federally funded workforce development programs and privately funded programs. This collective effort joins the expertise of both organizations to enhance opportunities and help job seekers access the benefits they are eligible to receive.
Formerly Opportunity Inc., The Hampton Roads Workforce Council oversees federally funded workforce development programs, which assist businesses in accessing qualified workers and jobseekers in finding suitable job openings and bolstering their earning power through training.