Maryland Community Health 
Resources Commission
June 28, 2019 | Issue 51
Larry Hogan, Governor 

Boyd K. Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor

Robert R. Neall, Health Secretary
CHRC Commissioners
Allan Anderson, MD, Chair
Elizabeth Chung, Vice Chair
Scott T. Gibson
J. Wayne Howard
Celeste James
Surina Jordan, PhD
Barry Ronan
Erica I. Shelton, MD
Ivy Simmons,PhD
Julie Wagner
Anthony C. Wisniewski
Mark Luckner, Executive Director
Tools and Resources
HRSA Maternal and Child Health Funding Opportunities

Deadline Monday, July 15, 2019 

HRSA plans to invest approximately $18 million through the State MHI Program for states to address disparities in maternal health, and improve maternal health outcomes, including preventing and reducing maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity. Click here to review the State MHI funding opportunity..

HRSA also plans to invest approximately $2.5 million to support the State MHI award recipients with the Supporting MHI Program, which will provide capacity building assistance and establish a resource center. Click here to review the Supporting MHI funding opportunity.

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) 2019 Annual Conference

July 28 - 31, 2019 - Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC 

This conference will bring together hundreds of clinical leaders from across the country, all with an interest in expanding access and improving care for the underserved. The meeting is a special opportunity for clinicians of all disciplines to come together and discuss the unique opportunities and challenges of providing care in underserved areas. ACU's focus on a transdisciplinary approach to providing the highest quality of care to underserved populations also provides an exciting opportunity for speakers and presenters to engage with a wide range of passionate professionals.

For more information, click here.

CHRC completes its grant awards for FY 2019 
Earlier this month, the CHRC awarded three grants totaling $561,000 to expand access to health care in underserved communities, reduce health disparities, and increase the capacity of safety net providers to serve vulnerable residents (see project summaries below). These awards represent the second and final round of grant awards that will be issued by the CHRC this fiscal year. Earlier this year, the Commission issued twenty-three awards totaling $6.7 million. For more information about the CHRC grant awards, click here.

Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington (Montgomery/Howard Counties; $180,000) This project will combat obesity and help prevent the onset of Type II diabetes by engaging Asian Americans with limited English proficiency and implement the (Stanford) evidenced-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. The project will engaged a number of community partners to provide ongoing and intensive case management services.

Lighthouse Inc. (Baltimore County; $59,000) This project will provide mental health and behavioral health group therapy services for families who are impacted by the opioid crisis. The program looks to support and preserve families impacted by addiction by promoting individual self-efficacy and non-immersion in substance use by family members.

Anne Arundel Medical Center (Anne Arundel County; $322,000) This project involves a close partnership with Arundel Lodge, a community behavioral health provider, to expand access to case management services for adults who present to the hospital ED at least twice in a six-month period and are diagnosed with mental health or substance use treatment needs.

La Clinica del Pueblo completes its three-year grant that supported a New Access Point in Hyattsville

La Clinica del Pueblo completed its three-year grant with the CHRC that supported a new Federally Qualified Health Center site in Hyattsville, Prince George's County. La ClĂ­nica del Pueblo is a bilingual, bicultural, community health center that provides comprehensive care for the Latino community including primary care, mental health and substance abuse services, HIV/AIDS prevention, and community health outreach. Clients served by La Clinica are more than 50% uninsured and under the federal poverty level. Over the duration of the grant, the La Clinica site has provided primary care and behavioral health services to 1,265 patients.

Over the course of the three-year grant, La Clinica has leveraged CHRC funding to receive an additional $857,000 from private and local sources. Since its inception, the initial funding provided by the CHRC ($64.1 million) has enabled its grantees to leverage $23.5 million in additional funding. Click here for more examples of CHRC grantees leveraging additional resources to promote financial sustainability.

Family Tree leverages CHRC grant to receive additional $200,000 for Family Connects Maryland

Family Tree, a community based non-profit organization in Baltimore City, received a $200,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Health to support the Family Connects Maryland program. The Family Tree program, originally supported by a $150,000 grant from the CHRC, is a brief home visiting program for new mothers that is designed to improve infant and maternal health and well-being by providing postnatal education and support in the home and links new mothers and their families to needed resources. The program is being piloted in Maryland in partnership with Sinai Hospital, Duke's University's Center for Family & Child Health, and the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

During the two-year CHRC grant period, Family Tree served 490 new mothers, with 76% of these mothers linked to at least one needed community resource. The program performed a total of 537 home visits. The additional funding for the program provided by the state will support an expanded evaluation of the impact of the intervention.

The Commission has awarded 24 grants totaling $4.7 million to increase access to women's health services and help address infant mortality. These grants have supported programs in rural, urban, and suburban communities. For more information about CHRC's women's health and infant mortality grants, click here.