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Summary of QHF Grant Awards ~ 2006 - 2007 Grant Cycle

Access Carroll – Westminster, MD
Access Carroll, Inc. will receive $50,000 in grant funding to expand its provision of primary health care services to the uninsured population of Carroll County. Funding will be used for a part-time position to process requests for medications through the Med Bank Program; to fund an RN position enabling the expansion of services offered; and to fund a medical director/physician to provide direct medical services and review medical policies and procedures.

The Beacon Institute – Columbia, MD 
The $25,000 grant will support the work of The Beacon Institute, in conjunction with the Wellspring Institute, "Wellspring Wound Care Initiative." The Wound Care clinical module has demonstrated marked improvement in the quality of wound care, and marked reduction in the incidence of pressure ulcers. Monies will be used to host Wellspring's Wound Care Module in 2006, so that the success of the current program can be expanded to benefit 30 more of Maryland's nursing homes, impacting the lives of approximately 4,500 additional residents and 3,000 additional staff.

Boat People SOS – Washington, DC 
The $50,000 grant will be used to expand the existing "Health Awareness Program for Immigrants" which addresses breast cancer awareness and screening for Vietnamese women. This expansion, HAPI-Access, will add a health education and access component that will serve an estimated 200 elderly Vietnamese immigrants and refugees in Mt. Pleasant/Columbia Heights neighborhoods of Washington, DC. A bilingual/bicultural case manager will provide these clients with culturally and linguistically appropriate one-on-one education and patient navigation services, including transportation and interpretation.

Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency, Inc. – Hughesville, MD
With their $23,316 in grant funds, Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency will implement patient and caregiver education and clinical pathways to reduce acute care hospitalization rates for patients on home health service. The Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency serves residents in the towns and rural areas of Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's counties. Monies will be used for patient and caregiver education, individual patient measurement tools, and clinician and physician training. Clinical pathways will be established for CHF, COPD, Diabetes, and Pneumonia, which are four diagnoses for which patients have the highest probability of returning to the hospital within the first two weeks of service.

Emmaus Services for the Aging – Washington, DC 
Emmaus Services for the Aging will use their $50,000 in grant funds on a project titled, "Community Health Initiative" which brings home health screenings, medical advice, and educational outreach events about critical senior health issues to 500 low-income seniors in the District. Funds will be used to hire a full-time licensed nurse to go into homes and provide health screenings.

Washington County Health Department – Hagerstown, MD 
The $50,000 grant to the Washington County Health Department will be used for a multi-media social marketing campaign to address the high incidence of teen births in the county. The purpose is to educate community members about the problem, thus gathering additional support and awareness of interventions to decrease risky behavior among teens. The Family Planning Clinics will serve 800 teens, and the media outlets and educational resources will reach 18,000 teens and 30,000 adults. Funds will be used in advertising, on contractual services-medical, on educational supplies, and printing.