State association honors director for 25 years of service

December 12, 2017

Richmond, VA, December 7, 2017– On November 12, 2017, during the 2017 Annual Conference, the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics was proud to recognize Jean Nelson, the founding Executive Director of the Northern Neck-Middlesex Free Health Clinic, for her 25 years of service and her tireless efforts to increase access to health care services for the uninsured and underinsured patients in her community.

Ms. Nelson has been instrumental in the success of the clinic, seeing it grow from serving patients once a week in borrowed space at the local health department to today’s five-day a week operation in a facility owned by the clinic, providing medical, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy services.  Under Ms. Nelson’s leadership and since its founding, the clinic has provided critical health care services to over 14,000 patients in Northumberland, Middlesex, Richmond, Westmoreland and Lancaster counties.

The Association recognizes Ms. Nelson for her contributions to not only her own community but also the Commonwealth, as she previously served on the Association Board of Directors for six years and co-chaired the Association’s Funding and Membership Committee.  “Jeannie is a one-of-a-kind leader and advocate,” says VAFCC CEO, Linda Wilkinson. “She is tireless in her pursuit of services for vulnerable patients while creatively using existing resources and also identifying new ones. Our clinic system will forever be grateful to Jeannie for setting the path for one of the most important social justice issues of our lifetime – health care for everyone.”

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