Shelly Virva is a thoughtful and experienced health care leader with more than 20 years’ experience working as a licensed clinical social worker. With a passion for social justice and caring for vulnerable patients, her work has focused on helping those who suffer from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, as well as chronic medical and early life trauma.
Before joining HMA, she served as the associate clinical director and subject matter expert for the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, an initiative of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. As the expert on addiction and co-occurring disorders, Ms. Virva was part of an interprofessional group working with patients with complex health and social needs. She regularly provided coaching, training, and model co-design for vulnerable populations in health systems and federally qualified health centers around the country.
Additionally, she was part of an interprofessional team that started an ambulatory intensive care unit for high frequency emergency department users and pregnant women with substance use disorders.
Ms. Virva’s experience also includes working for a regional payer of both commercial and government plans as well as leading clinical case management, behavioral health departments, community access programs, and providing technical assistance for a variety of projects in the area of addiction, behavioral health, and strategic communication and program development. She co-authored a best practice toolkit for starting and expanding medications for addiction treatment in primary care settings.
Ms. Virva earned a master’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University.