The Pittsylvania County Chapter consists of Health Collaborative members who live or work in Pittsylvania County. We organize around projects and initiatives specific to the county. Our Chapter meetings provide opportunities for shared learning and networking. If you have an idea for something you would like to work on or would like to give a presentation during a chapter meeting, please contact Ann.
The Pittsylvania County Chapter typically meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 9-11 am at the Chatham Community Center (115 S. Main St. Chatham, VA)
See this one-page document to learn more about the Pittsylvania County Chapter. Feel free to download and share with anyone who may be interested in getting involved!
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Current and Ongoing Efforts
- School-Based Health Clinic - After years of planning for a school based health clinic, the access to healthcare team and their partners at PATHS have secured a mobile health unit, which will serve all Pittsylvania County Schools. The mobile unit will serve as a COVID vaccination clinic and will eventually provide primary, dental, and behavioral health care for students.
- Increasing Access to Mental and Behavioral Healthcare for Students - We are working closely with Pittsylvania County Schools, the County's Child Services Agency, and the Community Policy Management Team to increase and improve mental health services for students and their families.
- Environmental Justice - The Chapter is supporting the work of the Coalition for a Clean Dan River Region and residents of the Mountain Hill community who continue to deal with the effects of a polluting industrial landfill. The group is working to build support for their efforts in getting the landfill owners to provide protective buffers and fencing around the site as well as regular air and water quality monitoring.
- Improving Transportation Access - The group is working to put together an informational resource outlining the various transportation support options available within the county. They are also researching innovative rural transportation solutions to adapt and implement locally.
- Child Care Access - The Chapter is working closely with Pittsylvania County Schools to better understand the need for child care services and to develop strategies to help meet those needs
- Healthy Food Access - The group is exploring several strategies for increasing access to healthy and affordable foods including adding capacity to existing food pantry distribution efforts, mobile farmers markets, and produce prescription programs (partnership between the food and healthcare sectors that allow healthcare providers to enroll their food-insecure patients with diet-related health conditions into the program. The "prescription" allows those patients to purchase fruits and vegetables at little or no cost)
- Increasing Access to Recreation - The Chapter is working closely with Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation to identify and map all public parks, playgrounds, greenspaces, and trails in the county. They are also partnering with churches to create additional access to recreation through the development of shared use agreements. We have a long-term goal of creating a County Parks Master Plan.
Initial Meeting Notes:
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - Notes