October 23, 2020
Governor Larry Hogan this week announced that he will draw $250 million from Maryland’s Rainy Day Fund to provide additional assistance to restaurants, small businesses, local entertainment venues, and arts organizations struggling to stay afloat amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. While the exact mechanics of the program remain unclear, the “Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative” will apparently rely on county governments to administer and distribute relief funds to qualified applicants by year’s end. Conduit Street has your coverage.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, P.J. Hogan joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss election issues and breakdown the proposed constitutional amendment (Question 1) which, if approved by voters in the November election, would adjust the State’s budget process.
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast
Counties In Action
Howard County Celebrates Dedication of Vivian C. “Millie” Bailey Park in Downtown Columbia
Volunteers Distribute Groceries and Voting Information at Grab & Go Meal Site
Governor Hogan Takes a Break for Fun at Talbot County Farm During Tour of the Eastern Shore

Corporate Partner Corner

MACo's Gold Corporate Partner Kaiser Permanente, in partnership with Unite Us, announces the expansion of their Mid-Atlantic Community Network to provide social services to the Greater Baltimore area of Maryland.

Kaiser Permanente, in partnership with Unite Us, today announces the expansion of the Mid-Atlantic Community Network in the Greater Baltimore area of Maryland. The new network will address vital social health through a comprehensive community resource linking social service organizations, health care providers and public agencies in the region. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create unmet economic and social needs that are barriers to health and well-being for many Americans. In Baltimore, the unemployment rate hit a high of 11.6 during the pandemic; many are now facing food insecurity, homelessness and other challenges. The Mid-Atlantic Community Network launched in Washington, D.C. and suburban Maryland in June and has already made more than 560 referrals to connect community members for social service assistance. Now, the program expands to Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and Harford counties and Baltimore City. The network will expand to Northern Virginia in 2021.

“We recognize that a person’s health is significantly impacted by what happens outside of a health care facility,” said Skelly Wingard, vice president of Care Continuum for Kaiser Permanente. “The Mid-Atlantic Community Network brings a vital connection and coordination between caregivers, social service organizations and community members as we work together to improve health and help the community thrive. We are pleased to expand this network into the Greater Baltimore area.”

Kaiser Permanente is providing free access to this community network for all non-profit organizations, local governments, community clinics and hospitals.

For more information, visit Kaiser Permanente's website.

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