Summary of QHF Grant Awards ~ 2010 - 2011 Grant Cycle
Mission of Mercy
A grant of $40,000 to the Mission of Mercy will continue a free mobile medical program in Baltimore, Carroll and Frederick Counties. The organization will provide 7,500 to 8,000 free medical visits, including over 12,000 prescription medications, to over 1,500 patients. The patients are predominantly the uninsured working poor. This level of service is made possible by a staff of licensed medical professionals, active and retired, non-medical volunteers and the financial support of compassionate private donors; no government funds are used to operate the program. In addition, the Mission of Mercy collaborates with social service agencies, providing access to food stamps, health information or other public benefits onsite at the clinics.
The Barker Foundation
The Barker Foundation will be funded at $5,000 to help underwrite medical and mental health care services for women and at-risk teens facing the crises of an unplanned pregnancy. Services are offered to women ages 11 to 45 from all social-economic strata, regardless of whether or not they choose to place their child for adoption. Barker also provides 24/7 on-call counseling services to pregnant women and teens. It is anticipated that assistance will be provided to approximately 180 individuals.
Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc.
A grant of $50,000 will support the Help and Outreach Point of Entry’s (HOPE) outreach ministry to the homeless and poor of the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. At a single point of entry for all of the services for Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties, the clients will receive social and medical assessments, health education and screening, referrals to healthcare treatment, financial assistance to purchase health care and medications, other appropriate referrals, and education to end the cycle of homelessness. The funds will be used to provide a part-time salary for Executive Director/Outreach Coordinator, a comptroller and an outreach worker and other administrative costs. Approximately 800 to 1,000 clients will be served.
The Light House will be funded at $5,000 to begin a Health and Life Skills program for homeless adults and children at the emergency shelter in Annapolis. The grant will pay for the services of a Health Educator to run 12 training sessions for adults and 12 training sessions for children. A vast variety of health topics will be covered in an effort to help Light House clients make healthy choices, adopt healthy lifestyles, and properly access health services. The program will serve approximately 50 adults and 10 children annually.
St. Luke’s House, Inc.
Funding in the amount of $35,000 will be provided to support the Somatic Care Project for over 100 adults who are living with persistent mental illness and are being treated in the outpatient mental clinic at St. Luke’s House. The project uses community partnerships on both the public and private level to ensure that clients are able to fully access the services necessary to significantly improve their physical health condition while receiving the comprehensive mental health services necessary to stabilize their lives. St. Luke’s staff will ensure that each client is linked to a Primary Care Physician and that their care through the clinic is coordinated with this physician. Staff will also work with the Primary Care Physician to get referrals to special medical physicians as needed.
UMES School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
The Exercise Science Department will receive a grant of $40,000 for its Youth Sports and Mini-Med Program. Through this program, 80 disadvantaged youth from the age of 11 to 16 will be recruited from Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties to participate in a month-long health sciences sports and education enrichment program.
University of Maryland Medical System Foundation
A grant of $25,000 will be awarded in memory of Dr. Sheldon Goldgeier to support the University of Maryland Hospital’s Breathmobile Program. The program focuses on underserved children and services include testing for allergies to identify allergy triggers, lung function testing, and providing asthma medications for the children. Preventive asthma education for the children and their families and school personnel is also provided. The mobile unit began operation at Baltimore City Schools in March 2002 and has served over 1,500 children with asthma in over 50 locations.