New Board Members of CHIP of Virginia Include Attorney Courtney Van Winkle

Richmond, VA (January 10, 2007) Lisa Specter-Dunaway has been appointed President/CEO of CHIP of Virginia and will also serve on the Board of Directors.

Other Richmonders who have been elected to serve on the CHIP of Virginia Board of Directors are Shelli Jost Brady, Alchemy, LLC, and Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Law Firm. Newly elected officers of the Board are JoAnne Henry, Vice Chairperson, and Ken Garnes, Treasurer-Secretary. Dr. David Levin, Sentara Health Plans, has been re-elected Board Chairman. In addition Ken Garnes, Fairfax County, Mark Lawrence, Carilion Health System, Roanoke, and Michael Wise, Delta Dental of Virginia, Roanoke, have been elected to the CHIP of Virginia Board of Directors.

CHIP of Virginia is a non-profit organization that improves the health of low-income young children and increases the self-sufficiency of their families. CHIP of Virginia supports a network of 11 sites operating in 30 Virginia communities and currently serves more than 4,000 children. The network, which serves pregnant women, children aged 0-6 and their older siblings aged 7-18, has over 4,300 children enrolled, most of whom live at or below the poverty level. The nurses and outreach workers who make up CHIP’s home visiting teams offer families a range of services including help signing up for health insurance (usually through Medicaid or the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Plan, FAMIS), developmental screenings, health supervision, referrals to medical services, transportation to medical appointments, and referrals that enable parents to find opportunities for jobs and education. CHIP home visitors also work with families to develop family action plans on parenting education, health, nutrition, home safety, and job training. CHIP works hand-in-hand with other community-based programs such as preschools, social services, faith communities, as well as with over 400 doctors, nurse practitioners, dentists and other health care providers who team with CHIP to ensure comprehensive care and a medical home for all children.