Health Brigade cannot fulfill our mission of providing quality health services without the support and dedication of volunteers. We utilize volunteers in all aspects of the organization from the Medical Clinic, to Mental Health & Wellness, to Health Outreach & Advocacy. They are the BRIGADE.
Adult Primary Care
As an NCQA recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home, Health Brigade provides primary care medical services to low income and uninsured residents in the Greater Richmond area to improve their health and wellness. All primary care patients are uninsured or significantly under-insured and do no earn more than 200% of the federal poverty level. We are able to offer an array of services through our medical clinic including the following: Adult general medicine for acute and chronic illnesses (i.e., diabetes, hypertension, asthma, cardiovascular disease, gender health, etc); chronic disease management; gynecology, contraception, pregnancy testing, Pap smears, IUDs, routine cancer screening, well-woman care, breast health & mammograms; care coordination and support services; preventive care (vaccines, age related testing – FIT (colon cancer prevention test), etc.); trans health care; Medication Assistance Program; nutrition services; Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP); referrals to specialists through Access Now; sexually-transmitted infections (STI/HIV) testing and treatment; social Work & integrated behavioral health coaching.
Health Outreach & Advocacy Services
Health Brigade is proud to be culturally-sensitive and welcoming of populations often marginalized and over-looked. From persons of color to LGBTQ individuals to those who are incarcerated or recently-released, Health Outreach & Advocacy Services provides programs designed for accessibility, safety, and flexibility. These programs include: HIV/STI testing & linkage to care; HIV testing, education, and case management services for those incarcerated or recently released; Transgender health & referrals; LGBTQ support and advocacy; condom distribution and community education and health fairs.
Mental Health & Wellness
Health Brigade’s Mental Health and Wellness services (MH&W) are designed to increase the accessibility and quality of mental health services for low-income patients and clients of Health Brigade who would otherwise fall through the gaps in affordable mental health care. MH&W services are provided to enhance our client’s life satisfaction and well-being. Therapists, doctors, nurses, and other specialists work together as a team to meet each client’s needs. Our Mental Health and Wellness program provides the following: Specialty, individual mental health counseling/therapy; behavioral health services (smoking cessation, insomnia, medication adherence, etc.); psycho-educational and/or counseling groups; medication assessment, prescribing and monitoring; coordinated care through participation in multi-disciplinary case staffing; referral to other Health Brigade services or other community agencies when appropriate; and services as a training site for the next generation of MH&W providers.