Valley Health got its start in 1975, and by 1978, opened three health centers in Barboursville, Wayne, and Milton.
Since founding those original health centers, Valley Health has seen great success and an increased need for primary care in rural West Virginia. Today, Valley Health operates over 30 health centers and public health programs in West Virginia and southeastern Ohio.
Valley Health has been an annual recipient of dollars awarded through Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act over its history.
In 1991, Valley Health expanded to become the largest regional lead agency for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, serving six counties; two of which are the most urban counties in West Virginia. Additionally, Valley Health has managed and directly supervised grant programs such as the Federal Community Health Center (CHC) Perinatal Grant; federal Rural Health Outreach Grants; the federal Community Access Program (CAP); and the federal Black Lung Clinic grant through the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health. Valley Health has been both a grantee and a sub-grantor for the Federal Health Care for the Homeless grant that oversees not only the Harmony House Homeless Clinic located in Huntington, WV, but homeless programs throughout the state of West Virginia including Charleston, Wheeling, and Morgantown. Valley Health, in collaboration with the Children’s Health Fund, began the operation of the unique West Virginia Children’s Health Project; a mobile medical unit that has taken medical care directly to children in isolated areas since 1992.
Throughout this time, Valley Health has demonstrated a record of responsible grant oversight and sound fiscal management.