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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Glennda MoragneEl
Program Director
410-872-9632
410-804-7550
moragneelg@delmarvafoundation.org

Quality Health Foundation Awards $380K in Grants throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia


Provides funds to 15 charitable organizations that support underserved communities


Quality Health Foundation (QHF), the mission arm of Quality Health Strategies (QHS), recently awarded grants totaling $380,000 to fifteen organizations in Maryland and Washington, DC supporting local healthcare-related quality improvement efforts.

Funding decisions for the 2017-2018 grants—ranging from $15,000 to $40,000—were determined by a project’s potential to impact access to quality healthcare and human services in the community. This year, QHF selected the awardees from 67 applicants that proposed a wide range of projects targeting uninsured and underinsured patients as well as underserved and at-risk populations.

“Our Board had a wide range of very high quality proposals to choose from,” said Dr. Molly Burgoyne, QHF Board of Directors Chair. “Many organizations submitted programs designed to improve the health of our most vulnerable populations. Ultimately, we chose an outstanding group of programs covering a wide geographic area with diverse health concerns.” Dr. Catherine Smoot-Haselnus, QHS Board Chair, summed it up by saying, “We are delighted to fund these worthy organizations. Their work is perfectly aligned with our efforts to improve the health status of individuals and communities.”

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 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.

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 (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.

QHF continued support forChannel 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.

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.

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.

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 medications.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, a state-certified treatment facility located in Annapolis, received a $15,000 grant award to 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.

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. Since 2006, Quality Health Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $4.5 million to 66 organizations in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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About Quality Health Foundation

Quality Health Foundation, the mission arm of Quality Health Strategies, is a national not-for-profit organization that provides grants to charitable organizations in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Since 2006, Quality Health Foundation has awarded grants totaling almost $4.5 million to provide support to underserved communities.
For more information on the recipients and their grants go to www.qualityhealthfoundation.org