Greene Care Clinic's New Leader
Robert emigrated to the United States in 2002, putting down roots in Greene County, Virginia where he continued his work with families before working in access to care in rural North Carolina and Virginia. These experiences were what attracted Robert to become Greene Care Clinic's newest leader following the retirement of the clinic's founding executive director.
Robert currently lives in Charlottesville with his wife and three-year-old son. He loves to participate in community shared agriculture experiences on the weekend and to take his son to local farms to pick and play in the fields, just like Robert did as a child.
Robert's experience, passion, and problem-solving skills are important assets he'll be bringing to the position as he leads the clinic in efforts to refocus to service on individuals who make too much money to be eligible for expanded Medicaid but not enough to afford private insurance.
As of 2016, an estimated 700,000 Virginians under the age of 65 lacked health insurance. The expansion of Medicaid this year has broadened eligibility to some 400,000. Even so, an estimated 300,000 Virginians remain uncovered, caught between incomes that are too high to qualify for expanded Medicaid coverage yet too low to afford health insurance, given the cost of other essential needs like housing, food and transportation.
As the Commonwealth's traditional healthcare safety net, free clinics are major players on the front line of expansion in Virginia, providing ongoing, routine and preventative healthcare services to those who find themselves without insurance and healthcare options.