CHRC's December Newsletter

December Newsletter


December 18, 2014  |  Issue No. 4

HCAM-Sinai grant from CHRC recognized in ED Management Journal

The CHRC awarded a three-year, $800,000 grant to Health Care Access Maryland (HCAM) to link patients who frequent the emergency department for care with medical homes and other resources that can better meet their medical and social needs.  HCAM is partnering with Sinai Hospital to implement the Access Health Program where ED-based care coordinators intervene with patients who meet program criteria, link them with primary care services in the community and other social support services.  This innovative program was recently highlighted in the ED Management.   The HCAM-Sinai partnership is one of several grants awarded by the CHRC earlier this year that are designed to promote hospital-community partnerships, reduce avoidable hospital utilization, and expanded health care access in underserved communities.  

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Wrap-up of Hospital-Community Regional Forums 

The CHRC, in partnership with DHMH, HSCRC, CRISP and Maryland Hospital Association, hosted four regional forums across the state earlier this year.  A total of 271 individuals representing 147 organizations attended the four forums.  The purpose of the forums was to highlight current hospital-community partnerships, discuss the “value proposition” of these partnerships in the context of ongoing population health initiatives, and explore opportunities to replicate and sustain them.  The forums will inform a “white paper” that will be submitted to the CHRC in January 2015 (next month) which will guide future Calls for Proposals issued by the CHRC. 

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Build Health Challenge Grant Applications Due January 16, 2015

The BUILD Health Challenge, which is sponsored by the Advisory Board Company and Kresge, de Beaumont, and Robert Wood Johnson foundations, is providing a total of $7.5 million in grant funding, low interest loans, and program-related investments, to encourage communities to build meaningful partnerships among hospitals and health systems, community-based organizations, their local health department, and other organizations to improve the overall health of local residents.  Round one applications are due January 16, 2015.

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Access Carroll expands dental care services in underserved communities

Access Carroll received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the CHRC to expand dental services to low income residents of Carroll County.  Grant funds were utilized to open a full time family dental clinic as part of the Access Carroll integrated care model.  Access Carroll leveraged the CHRC grant to secure an additional $162,451 in capital support from the Weinberg Foundation.  The program completed its first year of full-time services earlier this summer, and reported serving 1,695 clients, 419 of whom are new patients (an estimated value of $761,264 in dental services).  Access Carroll reported receiving an average of 40 calls per day, and works closely with Carroll Hospital Center to place emergency department referrals who are uninsured or “self-pay” patients in to care as soon as possible.      

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Kaiser Permanente awards $50,000 grant to CHRC to support ongoing efforts to build capacity

The CHRC received a $50,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente and utilized this grant to supplement four grants awarded by the CHRC earlier this year to build capacity in underserved areas of the state.  The following four organizations are currently utilizing grant funding from the CHRC and Kaiser (via the CHRC’s capacity-building grant): Access Carroll, Inc., Health Care for the Homeless, Mary's Center, and Mobile Medical, Inc. 

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Prince George's HEZ Leverages CHRC Funds

The Prince George's HEZ has the goal of opening five new Patient Centered Medical Homes over the four years of the HEZ Initiative.  The third PCMH, Gerald Family Care, opened on November 3, 2014. CHRC funds were leveraged to secure a $570,000 capitol grant from by Prince Georges Economic Development Incentive Fund to renovate space for the new site.  

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State HEZ Team hosts All Zone Meeting

The first HEZ All Zone Meeting was held on December 3, 2014.  The purpose of the meeting was to share best practices, discuss the use of community health workers, and discuss the use of performance data to help achieve programmatic objectives.  

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