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Summary of QHF Grant Awards ~ 2008 - 2009 Grant Cycle

Access Carroll, Inc. – Westminster, MD
To continue to expand services to the uninsured population of Carroll County, while specifically studying health improvement outcomes of patients diagnosed with pre-diabetes and diabetes mellitus.  $44k would be used to fund a fulltime medication coordinator and $3k would be used for patient research participation incentives and expenses. The medication coordinator would manage medication acquisition for the uninsured, low-income patients in Carroll County and conduct a research study on health improvement interventions and their associated outcomes for uninsured low-income patients diagnosed with pre-diabetes and diabetes mellitus who received interventions from February 2005 through February 2009 at Access Carroll, Inc.
Grant:  $47,000

Columbia Road Health Services – Washington, DC
To support the Diabetes Health Disparities Collaborative Initiative in Washington DC, a national model designed to promote quality care in low-income communities. HDC receives best practice care standards from national quality experts.  HDC improves access to health care by serving low-income, uninsured and immigrant patients without regard to ability to pay.  HDC improves health communication with patient information and a case management approach designed to enable disadvantaged patients to understand and manage complex health conditions.  Offer services in Spanish for Latino population.  Over 16,000 patient visits in 2006.  In December 2007, 344 patients were participating in the diabetes project.  Will use funds to offset cost of care of diabetic patients who lack insurance and the ability to pay; and offset the costs of a Diabetes Program Manager.  Funds will also support social services, mental health and navigator services for diabetic patients in the program.
Grant:  $50,000

Community of Hope – Washington, DC
Funds would be used to cover the gap created by non-reimbursable patient costs.  Their service program will provide primary care, mental health services and dental care through patient visits.  They focus on preventive care that improves the overall health of the community and reduces the rate and cost of more serious health problems in DC.
Grant:  $50,000

Copper Ridge Institute – Sykesville, MD
To raise the bar of Alzheimer's care and improve life quality for home caregivers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  The funds would be used to provide education and skills training for the 100 caregivers that would be served through this grant.  "Dementia Skills Training for Caregivers" is designed to empower the home caregiver by providing the tools for them  to better care for their loved ones and better care for themselves as they journey with their loved ones through the disease process.  Would collaborate with the health organizations on the Eastern Shore Community to improve the health and well being of persons in the program.
Grant:  $11,907

Center for a Healthy Maryland, MedChi – Baltimore, MD
Interpreter Resources to Facilitate Patient-Physician Communication.  To provide translation resources to physicians to enable them to address the language needs of their patient population, thereby promoting culturally and linguistically appropriate care.  Funds would be used to assess the linguistic needs of patient populations in Maryland; identify existing interpreter resources and modes of accessing services; build web-based database of linguistic resources; market linguistic resources through mailings, listserve, articles, etc.; and evaluate usage and utility of these resources.
Grant:  $25,000

Smith Farm Center – Washington, DC
To support their community health navigation program for African-American and African immigrant women living in the Greater Southeast area of Washington, DC, and to formalize their holistic training model for navigators. The funds would be used to provide community navigation services, including individual counseling and educational programs to @1000 residents, using two church navigators and two African Women's Cancer Awareness Association community navigators.  Funds would also be used to refine and expand the training curriculum; conduct a pilot test of the training program and an independent evaluation; and produce a training manual that could be used locally and nationally.
Grant:  $25,000

Somerset County Health Department – Westover, MD
Goals: identifying individuals at risk of developing diabetes in the Tri-County region of Wicomico, Worchester, and Somerset counties, primarily focusing on the medically underserved populations; educating the underserved and at risk individuals in the region about pre-diabetes, diabetes, and prevention of diabetes; and reducing complications secondary to diabetes through appropriate interventions.  This is a proposed continuation grant for the "Closing the Gap" campaign, which focuses on improving outcomes through the use of a promising best practice and a collaborative approach. Thousands reached with message and over 400 individuals would be provided direct care.
Grant:  $25,000                      

Upper Chesapeake Health – Bel Air, MD
To implement a directed outreach program to provide 1,003 primary care patient visits to low-income minority residents and help them establish a medical home with their clinic.  Aim is to improve health outcomes by providing a primary care medical home that can provide personal attention for their ongoing medical needs and manage chronic illnesses before they become critical.  Part of the outreach would include language translators, transportation vouchers, and use of their mobile medical van to bring clinical services directly to communities in Bel Air.
Grant:  $41,000

Village of Hope – Salisbury, MD
To increase the capacity to diagnose and treat Metabolic Syndrome among disadvantaged and medically underserved individuals on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore. Approximately 100 patients would participate in the project and the funds would be used for laboratory blood studies, patient medications, medical equipment, educational matter and professional and administrative time associated with the project. The project will result in measurable improvement in the health status of its participants; the anticipated effectiveness of project activities will be applicable to the health care of other similarly affected people in the community.
Grant:  $50,000