Who we serve
We serve Jefferson and Shelby County Residents. We serve anyone regardless of race, age, sex, or religion.

Brief Overview The Board of Cahaba Valley Health Care was formed in April 2000. We conducted a community needs assessment and discovered that the major needs of this community were vision care, dental care, and acute care. We are a 501 (c)3 nonprofit.
CVHC provides access to health services for the underserved community in central Alabama.
We make our services more available to the underserved populations by addressing barriers that underserved populations have regarding their ability to access needed health services. 

Access -- Many in the underserved community find it difficult to access normal medical care because medical hours are not conducive to those with hourly jobs working 6-7 days a week. By conducting screenings in churches with various congregations on Sunday afternoons, we provide our services at times and places that are easily accessible to a variety of populations.

Vision: In 2001 we began our services with vision care. Our vision screenings are performed by licensed optometrists, assisted by volunteers at each screening. We provide new fitted reading glasses that have been donated or purchased. Persons present for vision screening who need further care are referred for full exams and specialty services to one of our collaborators, a member of our network of private practitioners, or to the CVHC Vision Referral Clinic that occur four times a year.

Dental: We began offering dental screenings on December 7, 2003 performed by volunteer dentists licensed to practice in the state of Alabama. We also provide interpreters at our referral clinics. At the clinics patients may receive fillings, X-rays, extractions, and cleanings.

Dental Education: We have developed a Dental Hygiene Education Program for both children and adults. The purpose of this project is to provide our patients dental health education programs in conjunction with preventive programs. This presentation is made to all of our screening attendees. This presentation includes colorful and useful instruction in brushing, flossing and dental nutrition. After this, patients receive a toothbrush, toothpaste, egg timer, to demonstrate how long to brush teeth, and floss.

The uniqueness of Cahaba Valley Health Care
We have only 7 paid employees. Our screenings and follow up clinics are otherwise staffed by volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, and other community volunteers. We also have student volunteers from local universities, high school students, dental students, and optometry students.

Our screenings are held at times and places that are accessible to a variety of underserved populations—on Sunday afternoons at local churches. They are also culturally sensitive, and we serve individuals without regard to ability to pay. We publicize screenings on our web site, through radio announcements, and churches.
 
CVHC conducts screenings at Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Christian, Baptist, Episcopal, and non-denominational churches.

CVHC moved office location to the Cooper Green building in March 2016. This has given us the opportunity to see even more people in need in our area.