History


West Virginia Health Right, Inc. was founded in 1982 by a small group of physicians and nurses who recognized the need for ongoing healthcare for the low-income uninsured in Charleston. In the early years, services were provided mostly to homeless people at St. John’s Episcopal Church-Manna Meal Project and Covenant House. After several moves to accommodate growth in patient numbers, WV Health Right moved in 1999 into a new facility on Charleston’s East End. In 2001, at the request of the community, WV Health Right began operating the state’s only full-time free adult dental clinic. In 2007, then Governor Joe Manchin III asked WV Health Right to develop and implement a statewide charitable mail-order pharmacy; WVRx became operational in early 2008. In 2014 when the Affordable Care Act was implemented, WV Health Right was the first free and charitable clinic in the state to obtain Medicaid/Medicare billing privileges to ensure its patients covered by governmental insurance would continue to have a medical home.

 A robust behavioral health program was fully integrated into the clinic’s system of care in 2016; and in 2017, WV Health Right launched a state-of-the-art mobile dental clinic to serve adults in rural counties and is currently providing free dental care in Boone, Clay, Logan, McDowell, and Roane counties. In response to the opioid epidemic gripping the state, in 2018, the clinic began offering mobile outreach services at Covenant House and counties served by the mobile dental unit.  In November 2019, WV Health Right opened its first full-service satellite clinic at Covenant House; and in June 2021, a satellite clinic was opened on the West Side of Charleston.  Both satellite clinics offer comprehensive medical-home services and provide expanded behavioral health services, which include Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment and counseling.  Additionally, in July 2021, WV Health Right launched a mobile medical unit that travels daily to reach even more underserved individuals who may otherwise not be present in a clinical setting.  Today, the clinic provides care to more than 40,000 uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved adults.

WV Health Right is a proud member of the WV Association of Free Clinics and the National Association of Free Clinics.