Bringing Communities Together To End Health Disparities.

Bringing Communities Together To End Health Disparities.

We Value People, Change, Impact And Learning.

We Value People, Change, Impact And Learning.

Working Collaboratively With Our Community.

Working Collaboratively With Our Community.

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About HCC

We Collaborate With Communities to End Health Disparities.

We envision an equitable and inclusive community where every one of our neighbors is safe, supported, and flourishing – a place for all and by all.

Our Collaborators

Meet The Organizations &
Individuals Serving Our Community

HCC is comprised of stakeholders representing community agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia. Learn about our collaborators below!

Central Shenandoah Health District

The Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) is one of thirty-five health districts under the Virginia Department of Health. The mission of CSHD is to protect and promote the health and well-being of residents in the Central Shenandoah Valley. CSHD is comprised of seven health departments that provide public health services for the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge and Rockingham along with the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro.

Strength In Peers

Strength In Peers is a nonprofit peer-run Recovery Community Organization. More than half of its Board of Directors and all staff are in active recovery from substance use, mental health, and trauma-related challenges. The organization seeks to engage individuals who face barriers to recovery, including those who are experiencing homelessness, have been involved with the criminal justice system, live in rural communities, have Medicaid or are uninsured, and distrust the behavioral health system. All services are peer designed and peer led based on staff and participants’ personal lived experiences with what works. They include street and jail outreach, individual and group peer support, youth mentoring and family support, case management, integrated counseling and psychiatry, recovery housing, homeless medical respite, and comprehensive harm reduction with needle exchange, naloxone and drug test strips distribution, rapid HIV and Hep C testing, condom distribution, and health education.

Sentara RMH

Rockingham Memorial Hospital opened its doors on October 1, 1912. In 2011 the hospital became a part of the Sentara Healthcare system and is now known as Sentara RMH Medical Center (SRMH). SRMH is a 238-bed community hospital serving a seven-county area with a population of close to 218,000 residents throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

SRMH Community Health was established in 1995 and at present oversees the following outreach and community services for:  Safe at HOME (medical alert system), FREE of Harrisonburg (durable medical equipment), Healthy Families of the Blue Ridge (home-visiting program for families), Hand-in-Hand Virginia Resource Mothers ( home-visiting program specific to teens), Toward no Tobacco (education for 6th-8th graders), Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (resides in the Emergency Department), Ready Regions North-Virginia Quality Before 5 (observations and coaching for quality child care centers), Every Women’s Life (breast and cervical cancer for uninsured/underinsured individuals), Farm Safety Day (Day long farm safety education for 3rd-8th graders), and the Healthy Community Action Team (increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables to our underserved community members).

Church World Service Harrisonburg

Established in 1988, CWS Harrisonburg serves and advocates for refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley. We are dedicated to helping new neighbors integrate and thrive, and reach their full potential as contributing members of the community. In collaboration with community organizations, individuals, and faith groups, CWS Harrisonburg provides services ranging from initial reception and welcome to ongoing employment and  career training, children’s and youth programming, mental health and wellness, family resiliency and intensive case management, immigration legal services, advocacy, and emergency response.

Open Doors

As the area’s only low-barrier shelter, Open Doors is dedicated to providing an inclusive and safe place for individuals experiencing homelessness to stay. In collaboration with partners, Open Doors ensures a warm and nourishing meal for each guest. Utilizing this collaborative approach, they also work diligently to provide access to and navigation of the many great community resources that can help guests achieve success. This includes organizing partners to bring vital services to the shelter. In addition to shelter, Open Doors also “hits the streets” to meet individuals where they are with support services.

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board proudly serves the Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County community by offering high quality mental health, substance use, and developmental services. HRCSB supports infants and toddlers, school-aged youth, and adults across their lifespan. The Behavioral Health Wellness Program at the HRCSB has been a part of the HCC since 2020.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

Check Out The Exciting Events Happening In Our Community

Join the HCC and partnering organizations at local events, meetings, and trainings – we would love to see you there!

Community Data

Learn More About What’s
Happening In Our Community

A resource hub of health & wellness related data for Virginia & the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area.

Data Topic

Western VA Continuum of Care Data Center

The dashboards found here report anonymous data collected from Western VA Continuum of Care agencies.

Youth Data Survey

JMU’s Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services (IIHHS)

The Youth Data Survey is a collaborative community effort between many community partners. Every two years IIHHS staff coordinate the administration of the survey to approximately half of all 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students in Harrisonburg and Rockingham.

Data Topic

Sentara Community Health Needs Assessment

Sentara Healthcare conducts community health needs assessments for their hospitals and surgical centers. The assessments blend community input with various data points to help understand disparities that exist in vulnerable populations.