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Summary of QHF Grant Awards ~ 2012 - 2013 Grant Cycle

Continuation Grantees

Access Carroll, Inc.
Access Carroll provides primary health care at no charge to low-income and uninsured residents of Carroll County. As a full-time safety net provider in the county, the organization serves as a model for patient-centered care and a medical home for the targeted population. A grant of $50,000 funded the Pharmaceutical Management Program by supporting the salary and related costs for a Medication Coordinator.  During this grant cycle, this individual is expected to secure more than $1.1 million in chronic disease medications from pharmaceutical companies, which will then be provided to patients at no cost.  Services will be expanded to the target population, specifically addressing chronic disease, prevention, maintenance, education and medication acquisition through the Pharmaceutical Management Program.

Community of Hope
Community of Hope received $30,000 to support its Case Management Program. Founded in 1975, Community of Hope is a Federally Qualified Health Center which provides healthcare, housing, education, and spiritual support to low-income, homeless, and underserved families and individuals in the District of Columbia. Providers refer patients with chronic conditions and who have life challenges to a Community of Hope case manager. The case manager then works closely with the patient and the provider, tailoring services to the patient’s need. This year the program was expanded to include group medical sessions where patients with the same chronic illnesses meet at scheduled times for exams and education on their illness. The funding for the case management program directly impacts 100 patients at the health center by helping them better manage their healthcare needs and improve their health outcomes.

For All Seasons, Inc.
For All Seasons, Inc. was founded in 1986 to provide community awareness and education regarding child and adult sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault. While continuing its original purpose, the organization has evolved into a multifaceted human services organization providing a full continuum of mental health treatment and supportive services to residents of the Mid-Shore through a 24/7 Hotline and strategically located offices in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester Counties. For All Seasons, Inc. received $36,000 to offset a portion of the cost to provide initial mental health evaluations and 435 follow-up mental health treatment sessions to 87 uninsured clients.

Help and Outreach Point of Entry
Help and Outreach Point of Entry, located in Salisbury, Md., received $50,000 to support its health outreach program to homeless persons and those at risk of becoming homeless in the tri-county area of the Lower Eastern Shore. At a single point of entry, the program supports access to all of the services required to address to social and medical needs of homeless people. In addition, the organization operates a health screening clinic that focuses on blood pressure screening, flu shots and tuberculosis testing.  Approximately 2,500 to 3,000 clients will be served with this grant.

Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
The Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped received $50,000 to support the system which matches needy disabled people with volunteer dentists.  The Donated Dental Services Program provides pro bono dental care for indigent, disabled Maryland residents. Approximately 660 patients will be served during the grant period, receiving over $1 million in donated dental care. Since its inception in 1989, the volunteer dentists and laboratories associated with the Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped have provided more than $13.5 million in dental services to 7,860 disabled Maryland residents.

Shepherd’s Clinic
Shepherd’s Clinic received a grant of $30,000 for salary support for a Care Coordination Specialist for the wellness center.  The funding will allow for the expansion of clinic hours, thereby reducing wait time for an appointment by 50 percent.  Shepherd’s Clinic is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive health care for Baltimore’s uninsured. Clinic services include cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynecology, diabetic nutrition, internal medicine, physical therapy, podiatry and psychiatric care. Shepherd’s Clinic operates the Joy Wellness Center, where volunteers provide a wide range of healing arts and modalities, including yoga, massage therapy, nutrition education, acupuncture and smoking cessation and wellness counseling. This year, the Clinic is expected to treat approximately 3,500 unique patients with more than10,000 patient visits.

University of Maryland Medical System Foundation
Funding in the amount of $50,000 was provided to the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation to support the Children’s Breathmobile Program. The Breathmobile is a mobile asthma clinic that provides free, specialty-based preventive care to underserved children in Baltimore City and surrounding communities. The goal of the program is to improve asthma control and quality of life for these children by increasing their adherence to preventive asthma medication regimens and decreasing Emergency Room visits, hospitalizations, and missed school days due to asthma.

New Grantees

Hospice of Queen Anne’s
Since 1985, Hospice of Queen Anne’s has been dedicated to supporting and helping people through the difficult and challenging time of living with a terminal illness, or recovering from the loss of a loved one. A grant of $25,000 was provided to support the expansion of the Bereavement Program which includes a three-day camp for children who have suffered the loss of a parent or sibling, and specialized groups for bereaved parents and those bereaved through suicide. Grief services will be provided to approximately 450 Queen Anne’s residents.

William Hill Manor
William Hill Manor is a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Easton.  It is the home to 275 residents and offers on-site residential living, assisted living, specialized dementia care and skilled nursing care. A $25,000 grant was provided to help purchase innovative computer technology that will help improve the lives of seniors as they confront the limitations and challenges of chronic and progressive conditions.

Women Supporting Women
The mission of Women Supporting Women is to provide awareness, education and support to all those affected by breast cancer on the Delmarva Peninsula. A grant of $20,000 was awarded to increase the capacity of the organization to provide simplified educational materials and support to an increased number of breast cancer survivors and their families. Tote bags filled with educational and other materials will be provided to over 350 newly diagnosed patients, and “piglet pillows” and night caps will be provided to approximately 200 patients.