Community Development

Our purpose is to build healthier individuals, families, and neighborhoods in order to offset the negative effects of the social determinants of health.  We do so using asset-based community development principles, public health principles, and collaborations that build scale, high quality community-level clinical services, and high impact social investments.

Our work in community development focuses on the following key priority areas:

Education

  • Operational investments in Richmond’s first college bound/workforce development program serving students and families from low income families
  • Investments across the educational continuum – support for early childhood, middle school, high school achievement

Grief Counseling 

The Bon Secours Bereavement Center hosts a variety of support groups and programs to help community members who are experiencing a difficult time following a diagnosis of serious illness or a loss.

KIDZ'NGRIEF offers grief education and support to children and teens as they cope with the multitude of changes and emotions they experience after the death of a family member or close friend. 

Medical Care

The Bon Secours Care-A-Van is a free medical service that provides primary care to uninsured adults and children the Greater Richmond community. Learn how to get in touch with the Bon Secours Care-A-Van

St. Joeseph's Outreach Clinic is an outreach clinic on the campus of St. Joseph’s Villa that serves patients who do not have health insurance, as well as insured and underinsured patients.

Nutrition Education Activities

  • Class-A-Roll, our mobile learning kitchen, provides a fun and interactive way to learn a skill that is the foundation of a healthy life – cooking! The Class-A-Roll travels into our communities and provides healthy cooking programs, recipe and food tastings, and nutrition education through hands-on cooking experiences.
  • Growing Chefs is a garden-enhanced culinary program taught to upper elementary students. The program seeks to connect youth to their food so that they can understand how it impacts their minds and bodies. Growing Chefs guides students through the entire process of food – growing, harvesting, cooking and eating, transforming students’ responses toward healthy food, especially vegetables.
  • Real Food, Real Simple is an adult cooking series aimed at teaching the fundamentals of cooking and basic nutrition using fresh, seasonal and minimally processed ingredients.
  • Finding My Weigh: An interactive and structured 12-week group weight management program that incorporates evidence-based strategies to create a healthier lifestyle.

Women’s Health 

Every Woman’s Life provides clinical breast exams, mammograms and pap tests to women who qualify. Screening services are free if you can answer “yes” to all of the following:

  • Are between 40-64 years of age
  • Are a Virginia resident
  • Have no insurance, or cannot afford to pay your insurance deductible, or your insurance does not cover screening exams
  • Your yearly income falls within defined federal guidelines.

In addition to care for women between the ages of 40-64, Every Woman’s Life can enroll women between the ages of 18-39 with abnormal Pap tests or breast lumps.