CHRC's February Newsletter

February Newsletter


February 27, 2015  |  Issue No. 6

West Cecil opens Beacon Health Center in Harford County

West Cecil Health Center, a federally qualified health center, received a three-year grant from the CHRC to open a comprehensive health care facility in Havre de Grace, the first FQHC site in Harford County.  This new center, Beacon Health Center, held a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this month.  Beacon Health Center offers primary care, pediatrics, and women’s care services for underserved residents of Cecil and Harford Counties.  West Cecil partnered with University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Hospital to open this new FQHC site and provide services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured residents.  Utilizing initial grant funding from CHRC, West Cecil leverage significant additional private capital support, as the Weinberg Foundation committed an additional $250,000 grant to open the center.

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Maryland shows significant decline in infant mortality rates

The State Health Improvement Process released its biennial progress report in February.  As highlighted in the progress report, the state achieved a 13% decline in infant mortality rates in the four-year measurement period.  In support of the state's initiative to reduce infant mortality rates, the CHRC has awarded 15 grants totaling $3.2 million, supporting efforts to assure earlier access to prenatal care services, deliver comprehensive women's health services, and provide behavioral health services in at-risk communities.  One grantee, Mary's Center, received a two-year, $300,000 to expand its current prenatal services in Prince George's County, a priority jurisdiction in the state's infant mortality initiative.  Under the program, Mary's Center will provide access to comprehensive women's health services and utilize community health workers to refer at-risk women and families to health care and other social support services and link expectant mothers to prenatal care services.

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Health Partners utilizes CHRC grant funds to obtain Weinberg grant

Health Partners received a three-year grant ($300,000) from the CHRC to support their efforts to achieve long-term financial sustainability and promote their transition from a grant-based free clinic model to billing third-party payers.  Health Partners, which began as a free clinic in 1992, delivers primary and dental health care services for underserved residents in Charles County.  Health Partners leveraged the CHRC grant to obtain another $50,000 grant from the Weinberg Foundation.  Click here for information on additional grantees who have utilized CHRC funds to leverage additional grant money.

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Mobile Medical Care Inc. expands services in Aspen Hill 

Mobile Medical Care, Inc. received a three-year grant from the CHRC to expand access to health care services for underserved and multicultural communities in upper Montgomery County.  Under the grant, MobileMed will work to open a new, permanent health center in Aspen Hill, estimated to serve 2,000 or more low-income patients.  The project will be implemented in several phases, and MobileMed has currently begun delivering services in mobile van, which provides women’s cancer screenings, assistance in chronic disease management, and behavioral health screenings.  MobileMed received a federal planning grant in order to explore feasibility of expanding as a federal new access point in Montgomery County.    

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