Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities.

In order to ensure we all have the opportunity to live in vibrant healthy communities, it is important to assess the strengths, weaknesses and unique resources across all sectors of each community and to listen to those who live, work and play there. A community-driven assessment provides the data and information that allows us to take action and develop goals and strategies that can contribute to long-lasting social changes and positive health outcomes.

The Partnership for Healthy Communities (PHC) is a planning initiative led by Centra, Community Access Network, and the Central Virginia and Piedmont Health Districts in collaboration with local partner organizations across the region. The partners are committed to regional alignment of a collaborative and rigorous needs assessment process that will result in action-oriented solutions to improve the health of the communities they serve.

View the 2021 Community Health Needs Assessments here:


Community health improvement planning is happening now in all three regions!

Lynchburg areas of focus include:

  • Mental Health and substance use disorders & access to services.
  • Issues impacting children and their families: childcare, child abuse & neglect
  • Aging and eldercare
  • Housing
  • Food insecurity and nutrition

Bedford areas of focus are managed by the Bedford Area Resource Council

Farmville areas of focus are managed by the South Central Virginia Nonprofit Network

Are you interested in adding your voice to the discussion? Contact Christy Lucy for more information at or 434-401-2464

Improving community health takes partnerships, time, and commitment. It takes sustainable changes to policies and systems. It takes problem-solving and innovation. It takes all of us working together toward a shared goal. Health For All Is Our Vision

—Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Our Partners:

Community Access Network
Central VA Health District
Pittsylvania/Danville Health District
Piedmont Health District
Johnson Health Center
Free Clinic of Central VA
United Way of Central VA
Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation
Bedford Community Health Foundation
Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance