Collaborate. Learn. Lead.

Our Purpose:

We believe the health and well-being of all people is essential to a thriving, equitable community. 

The Partnership for Healthy Communities (PHC) is a community initiative led by the Community Access Network, headquartered in Lynchburg Virginia, that is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the Lynchburg region.

We achieve this by driving a focus on equity while promoting: 1) successful collaboration; 2) resources and learning; and 3) leadership and governance practices for the organizations impacting our community.  We use as the foundation for this work the five key conditions of the collective impact model.  By encouraging a shared vision for change, measuring results, promoting mutually reinforcing activities, and ensuring consistent open communication among all stakeholders we can build an engaged, inclusive, and vibrant community.

PHC Initiatives:

All three initiatives; Collaboration, Resources and Learning, and Leadership and Governance, are driven by a focus on advancing equity and inclusion activities in our region.

Collaboration – leveraging the collective power of organizations to create positive impact in our communities.

  • Thrive in Lynchburg Together- a data-driven cross-sector collaboration in Lynchburg utilizing a partnership with University of Lynchburg’s Research Center.
  • Philanthropy Roundtable – a convening of funding organizations and corporate philanthropists to explore how our region’s funders can collectively improve their ability to measure impact in the community.
  • PHC assists BARC’s steering committee with coordination of action teams and tracking their progress towards strategic priorities.  For more information about BARC, visit

Resources and Learning – providing tools, training, and facilitating conversations that advance equity among our nonprofit organizations and in turn, our community.

  • Monthly updates on regional training opportunities and articles to expand the knowledge of equity-based approaches and the collective impact model.
  • Hosted trainings to lift the voice of the underserved.
  • Local partnerships to facilitate thoughtful conversations around the advancement of equity our region.

Leadership and Governance – supporting individuals and organizations to learn or improve equity-centered leadership and governance practices. 

  • A Culture of Yes is a project that places a strategic focus on board diversity
  • Library of best practices – PHC has pulled together a library of research based best practices to help local organizations close the equity gaps. Link to the library will be live fall of 2023!


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Inclusion in the Partnership for Healthy Communities directory will provide you with the following:

  • Regular email updates regarding articles, learning opportunities and other resources to help advance equity in our region.
  • Access to training opportunities centered on lifting the voice of the client/patient.
  • Participation in collaboration initiatives working to achieve a greater impact in our community.
  • Access to our library of evidence-based best practices and featured programs.

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If you would like more information regarding a particular initiative or project, please contact Christy Lucy, PHC Director, at


Partnership for Healthy Communities is supported by:

Central VA Health District
Pittsylvania/Danville Health District
Johnson Health Center
Free Clinic of Central VA
United Way of Central VA
Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance