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Summary of QHF Grant Awards ~ 2007 - 2008 Grant Cycle

Access Carroll – Westminster, MD
Access Carroll, Inc. will receive $30,000 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 full-time medical assistant nursing position which will enable them to continue to provide consistent primary care services and to supplement the salary of a medical director/physician to provide direct medical services and review medical policies and procedures.

Allegany Health Right, Inc. – Cumberland, MD
The $45,000 grant will fund the salary of the Executive Director to enable Allegany Health right to continue its work of providing access to health care for uninsured adults in Allegany County, Maryland. The Executive Director will oversee all operations and ensure the delivery of needed health care services by coordinating a network of volunteer physicians, dentists, and oral surgeons. Approximately 500 individuals are expected to receive services through the program in the course of a year.

Public Health Foundation – Washington, DC
With the goal of improving community health by developing a training module to transfer quality improvement skills and practices to the public health workforce, the $50,000 grant will be used to develop a flagship Quality Improvement (QI) e-learning module for public health organization with and advisory committee drawn from the Public Health Foundation. The project will benefit and improve the health of five million Marylanders, by building much needed QI skills in Maryland’s public health workforce and sparking QI projects statewide.

Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts – Washington, DC
With their $25,000 in grant funds, Smith Farm Center for Health and the Arts will establish health navigators for African immigrant and African-American women living in the Greater Southeast area of Washington, DC. Their goal is to offer support and services to improve women’s health and accessibility to health care for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Grant funds will enable Smith Farm Center to hire and train two part-time community navigators and provide program services to the target population.

Somerset County Health Department – Westover, MD
On behalf of the Tri-County Diabetes Alliance, whose goals include identifying individuals at risk of developing diabetes in the Tri-County region of Wicomico, Worchester, and Somerset counties, the Somerset County Health Department, will use their $50,000 in grant funds to develop a comprehensive diabetes education program that is a promising “best practice” by the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The main objective of this project is to provide primary prevention education for Diabetes.

Washington County Health Department – Hagerstown, MD 
The $30,000 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 to gather 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.