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Summary of QHF Grant Awards ~ 2016 - 2017 Grant Cycle


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Aspire Counseling
Aspire Counseling was founded in 1978 as an agency specializing in low cost, high-quality mental health care to children in need. The program has grown to provide on-site mental health screening and behavioral health for the low-income uninsured at Mobile Medical Care primary care clinics in Montgomery County.

QHF’s grant of $25,000 provides support for a Patient Care Monitor who will provide comprehensive case management and follow-up services to an additional 300 high-risk patients to ensure that they adhere to their treatment program.

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Calvary Women's Services
Calvary Women’s Services was founded in 1983 at a time when homelessness was increasing in Washington, DC and throughout the country. The organization offers housing, health, employment and education programs for women who are homeless in Washington, DC. This program is designed to educate women on the physical and mental health issues they are facing, to provide on-going support, and to empower women to advocate for themselves as they work towards their personal health goals. The mission of Calvary Women’s Services is to offer “a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow.”

The Women’s Health Program currently offers the following resources:

  • LEAP (Life Skills, Education and Arts Program) offering a wide range of skills-building health and wellness classes, including topics such as nutrition, physical fitness, yoga, dental hygiene, and “Your Health” class taught by nursing students from George Washington University.
  • Individual and group therapy provided on-site by a licensed therapist to help women address histories of mental illness and/or violence and trauma. Currently 15 hours of therapy are offered each week.
  • Addiction recovery services to support women struggling with addictions to drugs and alcohol, including daily addiction recovery support meetings on-site.
  • Referrals to partner agencies for medical services or other support women may need.

QHF’s grant of $25,000 will expand the program to include a new consultant position for a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

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Chesapeake College Foundation
The Chesapeake College Foundation raises funds for Chesapeake College to enhance learning through the support of scholarships, technology, and programs. The College harnesses the talent and resources necessary for students, employees and citizens of the region to thrive as individuals and as contributors to their communities and to society.

Chesapeake College received a grant of $15,000 to support the development and implementation of a year-long “Navigating Your Health” workshop series targeted toward the aging population in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties. This workshop series will be designed to use the resources and technology available at Chesapeake College’s new Health Professions and Athletics Center and experts in the healthcare field to empower the aging population and their caregivers as informed healthcare consumers. This project will contribute to the improvement of healthcare on the Mid-Shore by giving consumers tools for managing their healthcare needs and successfully navigating the healthcare-related situations in which they will find themselves as they age. It will also create opportunities for healthcare providers to work collaboratively to provide important information and education to one of the largest, most healthcare-dependent demographic populations in the region.

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Lutheran Social Services, National Capital Area
Incorporated in 1917, the Lutheran Mission Society of the National Capital Area works compassionately to create a society where the most vulnerable people discover wholeness, justice, and self-sufficiency. Its mission is to work with neighbors in need and mobilize community partners to provide services that offer hope and rebuild lives.

QHF provided a grant of $30,000 to support the Youth Have Project which provides age appropriate health and wellness services to 90 children, teens, and adults living with or affected by HIV/AIDS related stigma – the prejudice and negative attitudes directed toward people living with HIV/AIDS. Youth Haven’s goals are to improve health management and life skill habits; build connections for trusting relationships; and increase opportunities to support personal success. The program provides youth and their family members with a safe, supportive environment to find comfort, hope, and grow past HIV/AIDS stigma and work on wellness. Through educational workshops, retreats, peer support, and mentorship, participants increase their emotional wellness and their healthy eating and nutritional habits. Grantee spotlight...

Samaritan House, Inc.
Samaritan House is a Maryland State certified nonprofit residential treatment facility for recovering alcohol and drug dependent adult males that has been in operation in Anne Arundel County since 1971. It is the only program that specializes in both long-term residential care and outpatient services in Annapolis and only one of two such programs in Anne Arundel County. Clients participate in recovery services and activities under the guidance of a professionally trained staff of five with 24 hour per day supervision to allow for consistent support, safety, accountability and services. The organization’s mission is to reintegrate clients into the local community and society at large as fully functioning members, free from the use of alcohol and/or illicit drugs.

QHF provided a grant of $15,000 to partially fund a part-time Addictions Counselor. The organization serves adult men who have completed a detoxification program but are still recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. Services are provided in a 16-bed long-term residential program and a nine-bed transitional house for clients who wish to continue their treatment in a sober living facility. Every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a savings of $4 to $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft. When savings related to healthcare are included, total saving can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1. Grantee spotlight...

Society of St. Vincent DePaul
QHF awarded a grant of $11,000 to the Society of Saint Vincent DePaul, Saints Peter and Paul Conference, of Talbot County, Maryland. The grant will used to purchase a walk-in refrigerator to store fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods which are given out to needy families.

The Society is a world-wide, charitable organization established in Paris, France in 1832. The local Society serves the needy in Talbot County from their expanding facility on Canvasback Drive in Easton, Maryland. They have approximately 300 volunteers, of which around 200 are actively involved in operations. Last year they provided $170,000 supporting the poor in the County. Over half of that amount was for food distributed through the Food Pantry.

Previously Funded Grantees

Access Carroll, Inc.
Since 2005, Access Carroll has been the only fulltime safety net provider in the county, offering integrated medical, dental and behavioral health care for low income residents of Carroll County.

QHF continues to support the organization by providing a grant of $25,000 to partially fund the Integrated Pharmaceutical Program. This program focuses on addressing chronic disease treatment, prevention, maintenance, and education. The Pharmacy Manager supports the care team while navigating the complicated health care environment under the Affordable Care Act and secures medications free of charge from pharmaceutical companies for low-income, uninsured and underinsured Carroll County residents. Grantee spotlight...

Channel Marker, Inc.
Founded in 1982, Channel Marker’s mission is to promote mental health by providing prevention programs, rehabilitation and community services to individuals and their families. This non-profit organization provides community-based psychiatric support and rehabilitation services to individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with mental illness in Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester counties.

QHF provided $25,000 to continue to fund additional Nurse Practitioner consultant hours and to assist in paying for unreimbursed costs associated with the Health Home Program. The main points of the Health Home model are: Comprehensive Care Management, Comprehensive Transitional Care, Individual and Family Support Services, Care Coordination, Health Promotion and Referral to Community and Social Support Services. Grantee spotlight...

Community Ministries of Rockville
Community Ministries of Rockville is a non-sectarian 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable residents of Montgomery County by providing them with basic health and human services and advocating on their behalf, with the goal of helping them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. The organization was established in 1967 as an outreach effort for youth at risk. The organization has grown into a health clinic with four other programs which provide a complete safety net of health and human services for the needy clients in Montgomery County.

The Community Ministries of Rockville received $25,000 for its Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic which provides quality healthcare and healthcare education to Montgomery County’s low income uninsured and underinsured residents. The grant will fund a portion of staff costs to increase access to culturally and linguistically appropriate care, reaching underserved populations and improving dissemination of health information.

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The establishment of DeafMD took three years of self-funded design and development using five volunteers, four of whom are deaf. The mission of the organization is to create clear, concise, and accurate health education videos to the estimated one million members of the Deaf community who utilize American Sign Language as their primary and preferred language. DeafMD.org was launched in 2008 and more than 475,000 individuals have viewed the over 350 health education videos more than 1.7 million times.

QHS awarded DeafMD a grant of $20,000 to begin the development of Pulmonary Health Education in American Sign Language. The programs will focus on smoking cessation, pneumonia and the importance of vaccination against pneumonia, and chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The grant will provide over 100,000 sign language dependent deaf individuals in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area with clear, concise, and accurate health education in their primary and preferred language of American Sign Language.
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Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc.
Help and Outreach Point of Entry (H.O.P.E.), a not-for-profit 510 (c)(3) agency, has faithfully served the poor and homeless of the Tri-County area of the Eastern Shore since 1999. The mission of the organization is to provide a safe place for the homeless, elderly, and disabled who are at or below the poverty level by providing a single point of entry into multiple social services agencies and health care providers in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

H.O.P.E. received a grant of $40,000 to fund one year of its Adult Dental Health Ministry. Through this program, the organization will:

  • Distribute 300 dental hygiene kits;
  • Incorporate 5 new dentists/clinics to participate in the discounted care program; and
  • Provide dental health education to 500 people through educational handouts and educational programs at the soup kitchen, and other places where the organization is able to reach people in need.
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Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
The Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (MFDH) was formed 1988 by caring dentists willing to improve access to dental health care for individuals and communities. In 1989 MFDH activated the Donated Dental Services program. The program provides dental care at no cost to low-income adults unable to work due to medical reasons. The organization recruits volunteer dentists and dental laboratories to provide dental care directly to patients. Patients are treated in dental practices in their community. MFDH patient care coordinators act as liaisons between patients and dentists. The most common dental needs are surgical extractions and full or partial dentures.

QHF’s grant of $35,000 will assist more than 450 patients complete their dental treatment valued at over $1 million. Grantee spotlight...

Mission of Mercy
Mission of Mercy began operations in the central Maryland/Pennsylvania region in 1994 with the express intention of restoring dignity through the provision of quality healthcare and medications for the sick, poor and homeless. Mission of Mercy has grown to serve the uninsured and underinsured working poor who are underserved and most vulnerable in the current healthcare system. Its mission is to restore dignity and "healing through Love" at mobile clinics, providing free health care and medications.

Mission of Mercy received a grant of $25,000 to support a pilot program and its expansion throughout its Maryland service area. The pilot program is a collaboration between Frederick Memorial Hospital (FMH) and Mission of Mercy's Frederick County clinic sites. Mission of Mercy has a Memorandum of Understanding with Frederick Memorial Hospital to provide a medical home to uninsured and underinsured patients who are being discharged from inpatient care or the emergency department without a medical home.

Mission of Mercy plans to replicate the program in Carroll and Baltimore counties. The goal is to track the success of the current FMH referral arrangement, including the number and percentage of completed referrals, the number of visits provided by Mission of Mercy and specific health outcomes for chronically ill patients. Using this data, the organization will instigate discussion with Carroll Hospital Center in Carroll County, possibly Mercy Hospital in Baltimore or St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore to establish similar referral procedures for high-risk, low-income, chronically ill patients to come to Mission of Mercy clinics and establish a medical home. Grantee spotlight...

Salisbury University
QHF provided a grant of $40,000 to continue support for Visiting Intervention Program. This year, the funds will be used for a new initiative entitled the Early Education and Outreach Project. This project provides education and resource materials for families on the Lower Shore of Maryland surrounding perinatal mental health and wellness for new mothers and for young families. Additionally, the project will provide educational activities focused on children of incarcerated parents and children with developmental concerns. These educational activities will target caregivers, community members, current professionals, and future professionals. Grantee spotlight...

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is a 19 year-old nonprofit health, education, and arts organization in Washington DC. Its mission is to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental resources that lead to life-affirming changes for people affected by cancer. It is the only stand-alone cancer support organization serving Washington, DC.

QHF’s grant of $25,000 will support training of clinical healthcare providers and patients for the Patient-Provider Education Project (PPEP). This project engages health providers with African American breast cancer survivors to develop solutions for improving care in underserved communities fostering overall positive patient outcomes. Utilizing dialogue and education, the Project will improve patient-provider communication, trust and understanding thereby improving health information dialogue. Smith Center will conduct process and impact evaluation of each phase of the project to assess its value as a best practice model for improving communication between African Americans and health care providers thereby impacting adherence to cancer screening and treatment recommendations. Grantee spotlight...

University of Maryland Medical Center, Breathmobile
The mission of the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation, the foundation which supports the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Breathmobile program, is to advance healthcare excellence through philanthropic investment and stewardship of private resources. The mission of the Breathmobile program is to provide free asthma specialty services to underserved Baltimore City children, with the goal of controlling their chronic, incurable medical condition and enabling them to stay in school and lead full, productive lives.

The University of Maryland Medical System received the annual Goldgeier Award of $30,000 for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital Breathmobile Program. The Breathmobile provides free preventive care to high risk underserved children with asthma, resulting in improvement in asthma outcomes. These outcomes include decreased hospitalizations, decreased emergency department visits, increased use of preventive asthma treatments, improved asthma knowledge, improved school attendance and improved quality of life.
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