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History

Founded in Denver, Colorado in 1983 and now based in Washington, DC, the VNAA is a national trade association that supports, promotes and advocates for community-based, nonprofit home health and hospice providers that care for all individuals regardless of complexity of condition or ability to pay.  


Even though the VNAA was established in 1983, the history of VNAs dates back to the 1880s in New York where free nursing care was provided to the sickest and poorest who otherwise would not have access to health care. The influx of immigrants to the Northeast spurred several VNAs to emerge and address the increased prevalence of illness and infectious diseases, such as polio and small pox. The pioneer of the public health nursing was Lillian D. Wald.

 

Today's VNAA

Even though times have changed, VNAA members still embody Lillian Wald’s founding principle by sharing the desire to provide cost-effective and compassionate home health and hospice care to some of the nation's most vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
 
Today, VNAA represents roughly 2,000 nonprofit home health and hospice agencies in 40 states. Of these, 150 are dues paying members.
 
VNAA provides members with advocacy, education, quality, networking and collaboration opportunities. Members also have access to discounted products, resources and the support they need to accomplish their goals.
 
VNAA’s member fall into several segments:
  • Traditional Visiting Nurse Associations (VNAs), entirely independent, freestanding community health agencies founded in 19th century or 20th century or Independent Nonprofit Home Health Organizations founded in 20th century.
  • VNAs acquired, affiliated or located in operating units of community hospitals or health systems.
  • Independent freestanding hospice organization that offer no home health services.
  • Organizations that provide or promote home health and hospice-related product and services and support the VNAA mission.

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VNAA Annual Reports

Our Annual Reports serve as recap of the year's member-focused activities and financial overviews.


Financial Statements