Summary of QHF Grant Awards ~ 2017 - 2018 Grant Cycle
Associated Black Charities
Associated Black Charities was founded in 1985 to represent and respond to issues of special significance to Maryland’s African American communities. It is a public foundation that advocates and facilitates the creation of measurably healthier and more prosperous communities through responsible leadership and philanthropic investment throughout the State of Maryland.
An amount of $25,000 was awarded to Associated Black Charities for its Community Health & Outreach Worker Program in Dorchester
County which is designed to improve health care access and health status for individuals living in underserved communities. The
program operates by using non-clinical, trusted members of the community who have been professionally trained in the areas of
Chronic Disease, Cultural Competency, Motivational Interviewing and Professionalism to help empower residents to advocate for
themselves and their families’ health outcomes.
Breast Care for Washington
Breast Care for Washington was founded in 2012 as a non-profit community-centered breast care screening organization. Its mission is to reduce breast cancer mortality in the Washington, DC area by promoting access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment to all women regardless of their ability to pay.
Breast Care for Washington (BCW) received $25,000 for its Patient Centered Care Model which takes a multifaceted approach to
comprehensive patient centered care. This organization offers medically underserved women state of the art 3D screening and
diagnostic imaging as well as needle guided biopsies when necessary. BCW makes robust efforts to eliminate as many barriers
to screening as possible that the High Risk Target Population face.
Hearing and Speech Agency
The Hearing and Speech Agency has been serving greater Baltimore since 1926. It provides audiology, education, interpreting and speech-language services to enable effective communication for individuals and families.
The Hearing and Speech Agency was awarded $15,000 in support of Audiology Services for Low-Income Older Adults. The funds will be
used for hearing examinations and hearing aids. The organization helps low-income older adults maintain their independence and remain
engaged with their friends and relatives.
La Clinica del Pueblo
La Clinica del Pueblo has been in operation since the mid-1980s and its mission is to build a healthy Latino community through culturally appropriate health services, focusing on those most in need.
La Clinica del Pueblo received a grant of $25,000 for its Increasing Access to Latino Limited English Proficient Immigrant Youth
Program. The aim of this program is to increase health access to participants of La Clinica’s Mi Refugio Community Mental Health
and Support Program, which provides behavioral health services for unaccompanied and recently arrived immigrant youth at Northwestern
High School in Hyattsville.
Miriam’s Kitchen began as a soup kitchen in 1983 and has grown to be one of the few direct service agencies that also works to improve DC’s homeless services system. Its mission is to end chronic homelessness in Washington, DC by honoring guests’ dignity and encouraging a sense of belonging and bringing about lasing change.
Miriam’s Kitchen received $25,000 for its Social Services Program which increases access to medical and behavioral health care for
approximately 1,000 residents of Washington, DC who are experiencing prolonged homelessness and related complex health issues. The
program also will help about 110 people who are homeless find and move into permanent apartments, where they will improve their health
because housing itself supports health care. Funds will be used to cover a portion of the costs of the Social Services team who works
with the homeless population.
Previously Funded Grantees
Access Carroll, Inc.
Access Carroll’s mission is to champion health and provide quality, integrated health care services for low-income residents of Carroll County. Since 2005, Access Carroll has been the only fulltime safety net provider in the county, offering integrated medical, dental and behavioral health care for these residents.
QHF continued support for Access Carroll’s Pharmaceutical Management Program with a grant of $20,000. This organization
provides a patient-centered and integrated medical home for low-income residents of Carroll County which focuses on addressing chronic
disease treatment, prevention, maintenance, and education. The Pharmacy Manager supports the care team, secures medications free of charge
from pharmaceutical companies for low-income, uninsured and underinsured Carroll County residents and supports electronic medication
reconciliation and chronic disease registries as well as serves as a community resource.
Aspire Counseling is a non-profit mental health organization founded in 1978. It strives to be an active partner in a community in which all people have access to needed, effective, evidence-based mental health and wellness services.
Aspire Counseling received $25,000 to provide on-site behavioral health services for low-income uninsured patients at the Mobile Medical
Care primary care clinics in Montgomery County. QHF funding will support the non-reimbursable costs that are incurred in delivering truly
integrated primary care/behavioral health program. Over 300 additional high-risk patients will be served.
Channel Marker, Inc.
Since 1982, Channel Marker’s has been promoting mental health by providing prevention programs, rehabilitation and community services to individuals and their families.
QHF continued support for Channel Marker’s Health Home Program which provides mental health support to Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot counties.
The $25,000 grant will provide additional Nurse Practitioner consultant hours and assist in paying for unreimbursed health home services. The main
features 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.
Community Ministries of Rockville
Community Ministries of Rockville was established in 1967 with a mission to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable of Montgomery County residents 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 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.
Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc.
Help and Outreach Point of Entry began its operations in1997 with a mission to assist those in need obtain healthcare, social and basic living services. This is accomplished through outreach to the homeless, assessments of needs and eligibility, guidance and education, assistance with obtaining documents, facilitating access to medication and treatment, referrals for other necessary services, and other support to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Help and Outreach Point of Entry received a grant of $30,000 to support the Tri-County Adult Dental Care Outreach to the homeless and poor in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester
counties. The funds will be used to cover the administrative costs of the program as well as to pay for bus tickets for transportation to appointments and for co-pays for prescribed
Lutheran Social Services
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area was founded in 1917 and fulfills its mission by walking with those in need and mobilizing community partners to provide services that offer hope and rebuild lives.
Another year of support in the amount of $30,000 was provided to Lutheran Social Services for its Youth Haven Project which provides age appropriate health and wellness services to 90
children, teens, and adults living with or affected by HIV/AIDS related stigma throughout the National Capital Area. Youth Haven’s goals are to improve health management and life skill
habits; build connections for trusting relationships; and increase opportunities for personal success. Through educational workshops, retreats, peer support, and mentorship, participants
improve their emotional wellness and their healthy eating and nutritional habits.
Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
In 1988 the Maryland Dental Association created the Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped. The sole purpose of the organization 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 Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (MFDH) was awarded $30,000 to support the Donated Dental Services Program that improves access to dental care
by providing free dental services to low-income adults who are disabled by illness or injury. MFDH recruits dentists and dental laboratories and provides case management
for the patients. Since 1989, over $19 million in free dental care has been provided to approximately 9,800 Marylanders.
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. Its mission is to restore dignity and "healing through Love" at mobile clinics, providing free health care and medications.
An amount of $25,000 was awarded to the Mission of Mercy to support its Patient/Hospital Partnerships pilot program and its expansion to Baltimore County. The purpose of
the program is to reduce hospital readmissions and improve health outcomes for uninsured or underinsured patients. A new aspect of the initiative is the Community Connections
Program which provides patients access to community resources to help them achieve wellness. QHF funds will be used to support the medical staff who care for the patients and
for medications and medical supplies.
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.
Samaritan House received a $15,000 grant award to continue support the Addictions Counselor. The organization serves adult men who have completed a detoxification program but are
still recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. 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.
University of Maryland Medical Center, Breathmobile
The mission of the Breathmobile program is to provide free asthma specialty care 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.
Once again, the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation received the annual Goldgeier Award of $40,000 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. QHF funds will be applied
to the overall operations of the Breathmobile program.