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Summary of QHF Grant Awards ~ 2013 - 2014 Grant Cycle

Previously Funded Grantees

Access Carroll Inc.
Access Carroll, Inc. has provided primary health care at no charge to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of Carroll County, Maryland since January 31, 2005.  The mission of Access Carroll is to improve pathways to health care for low-income and at-risk residents of Carroll County. The organization is the only fulltime safety-net provider in Carroll County and serves as a model for patient-centered and integrated care for qualifying patients.  A grant of $50,000 supports costs for a pharmacy manager, who will work to provide medications at no-cost to low-income and uninsured residents with chronic diseases.  During this grant cycle alone, this individual will secure more than $1 million in medications from pharmaceutical companies.

In November 2012, Access Carroll successfully relocated to a larger and renovated space, enabling expanded and integrated health care, including family dental care and recovery support services. Access Carroll is a strategic partnership of Carroll County Health Department, Carroll Hospital Center, the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County, Inc. and many other organizations and individuals, representing the faith community, social service agencies, private charities, and the public at large.

Frederick County Hepatitis Clinic, Inc.
The Frederick County Hepatitis Clinic, Inc. has been in operation since 2000, with a mission to provide access to care to people with viral hepatitis.  The clinic offers free hepatitis screening at local organizations and treatment to patients confirmed with a quantitative infection of HBV and/or HCV.  Project goals are to identify persons infected with viral hepatitis as early in the course of their disease as possible and to provide these individuals with access to care. Activities include all aspects of hepatitis awareness: screening, education, advocacy, immunization, support group meetings, antiviral treatment, and hepatocellular carcinoma surveillance.  Frederick County Hepatitis Clinic is the only clinic that provides access to care for uninsured persons.  A grant of $50,000 supports clinic operations.

Help and Outreach Point of Entry
Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc. has faithfully served the poor and homeless of the Tri-County area of the Eastern Shore of for 13 years. The organization has been the only street level outreach to the poor and homeless community of Salisbury, MD.  Working in camps, on the street, at the Day Center, in the office, and through soup kitchens and shelters, the organization provides support, guidance, and comfort to those in need.  A grant of $50,000 funds the Outreach Coordinator and the Outreach Worker.

Light House of Annapolis
Since 1989, Light House has provided emergency shelter, transitional housing, homelessness prevention, and related support services to people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness in central Maryland.  The mission of the organization is to rebuild lives with compassion by providing shelter and services to prevent homelessness and empower people as they transition toward self-sufficiency. The overarching goal is to meet the immediate, basic needs of homeless individuals and families, assess the root causes of the homelessness, and empower them with educational, financial, and employment skills so that they may secure a source of income and permanent housing.   A grant of $10,000 will help 210 homeless clients purchase needed but unaffordable prescription medications and enroll at least 155 of these clients in a Medicaid program.

Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
In 1988, the Maryland State Dental Association created the Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped.  In the same year, the Donated Dental Services program was established. The sole purpose of the Foundation is to facilitate the provision of pro bono dental care for Maryland citizens who are disabled, cannot afford treatment, and are ineligible for public aid.  The mission of the Donated Dental Services Program is to coordinate the provision of dental care for disabled Maryland residents with dentists who provide pro bono care in their own offices.  A grant of $50,000 will be used for general operating expenses to support the Donated Dental Services Program, serving 660 patients and receiving approximately $1.2 million in donated dental services.

Shepherd's Clinic
The idea for a clinic dedicated to serving the uninsured began in 1989 when a Union Memorial Hospital physician assistant and individuals from the Seventh Baptist Church met in response to the overcrowding of the hospital’s Emergency Room by non-emergency, uninsured patients.  The clinic’s primary goal is to arrange comprehensive care for the uninsured population within 13 Baltimore zip codes – geographically half the city. A grant of $30,000supports the salary for a Nurse Practitioner to expand the hours for Joy Wellness Center which is a walk-in/open clinic.

New Grantees

Channel Marker, Inc.
Founded in 1982, Channel Marker, Inc.’s mission is to promote mental health by providing prevention programs, rehabilitation and community services to individuals and their families. The organization provides community-based, psychiatric support and rehabilitation services to individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with mental illness and reside in Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester counties.  A grant of $40,000 supports a part-time registered nurse to serve in a community care manager role to emphasize health promotion, illness intervention and prevention practices. The nurse will carry out wellness activities through individual and group work sessions and collaborate with the clients’ selected health professionals/specialists within the community.  Increased access to health care, increased communication between primary care providers and behavioral health providers, and increased client access to wellness and recovery information will improve the overall health of the clients.

Dragonfly Heart Camp
Dragonfly Heart Camp was incorporated December 31, 2007, with a mission to provide programs to help promote courage, independence and happiness for all transplant and pulmonary hypertension youth and their families. A grant of $30,000 supports a Youth Transition Retreat Weekend for approximately 50 adolescents semi-annually.  The camp will focus on encouraging teenage and young adult participants to accept opportunities to try new things that promote internal growth and to assume responsibility for their healthcare, and medication compliance.  The retreat provides a safe haven of support for teens and young adults who share similar experiences and struggles. The retreat will expand the support system to a peer group of understanding young adults who speak the same “language.” Dragonfly Heart Camp is the recipient of the Goldgeier Award.

Hope Connections
Hope Connections for Cancer Support began operating in March 2007.  Its mission is to help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness and hope – all provided free of charge.  The programs are promoted through weekly e-mail blasts, media public service and calendar announcements, a quarterly program calendar, Facebook and Twitter updates, mailings to program participants, local hospitals, oncologists and community members, and the website.  A grant of $20,200 funds approximately 510 visits with professional therapists.

Partners in Care, Maryland
The mission of Partners in Care is to empower older adults to remain independent in their homes.  A major aspect of this mission involves ensuring that they have access to health care while living independently.  Partners in Care, an almost-all-volunteer non-profit organization,  has provided service to literally thousands of older adults at four sites in Maryland.  More than 800 volunteer drivers, handymen and advocates use the model of service-exchange/time-banking to help frail, needy older adults.  A grant of $20,000 will be used to coordinate the Ride Partners Program which will provide approximately 9,000 rides through more than 30,000 volunteer hours.