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    Community Health Resources Commission​

    Th​e next meeting of the Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) is scheduled for Tuesday, February 1, at 10:00 AM.  
    The virtual meeting is open to the public; however, participation will be limited to Commissioners and CHRC staff. 
                                           Meeting Agenda
    Meeting ID: 914 1655 9430         Passcode: 164860
    Dial-in #: 301-715-8592               Meeting ID: 914 1655 9430       Passcode: 164860​​​​


    CHRC is Now Recru​iting for a HERC Project Director

    The CHRC is pleased to announce a new job opening for a HERC Project Director. Qualified applicants are now invited to apply for the HERC Project Director position. Click here to access the job posting and online application on the State of Maryland JobApps site. The application filing deadline is February 1, 2022.

    To contain the spread of COVID-19, Maryland Community Health Resources Commission staff may be teleworking.  Commission staff wish to provide exceptional customer service and ask you submit any inquiries via email in order to receive a timely response.  Email information for Commission staff may be found here.​‬‬‬

    Health Equity Resource Communities/Pathways to Health Equity


    The deadline to submit applications for the Health Equity Resource Community (HERC) Pathways to Health Equity Call for Proposals was December 13.  The Pathways Call for Proposals generated 40 proposals requesting more than $42 million.  Applications were received from urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout the state.  19 proposals would serve areas previously designated as Health Enterprise Zones. A listing of the applications can be found HERE.​  


    Over the next few weeks the proposals will be evaluated by a review committee comprised of CHRC Commissioners and HERC Advisory Committee members.  Each proposal will be scored on the review criteria listed in the Call for Proposals.  Following this review period, a select number of top scoring applicants will be invited to present at a CHRC Commission meeting in February, and grant awards will be made shortly thereafter.


    The CHRC has approximately $13 million ​to award for two-year Pathways grants.  


    Meeting materials and recordings from prior informational meetings regarding the Pathways to Health Equity Call for Proposals may​ be accessed by clicking here.  Haga clic aquí​ para navegar por la página de HERC, donde se puede ver algunos recursos en español.

    ​"The Maryland Health Equity Resource Act,” approved during the 2021 legislative session, provides significant new grant funding and state resources for local communities to address health disparities, improve health outcomes, expand access to primary care and prevention services, and help reduce health care costs. The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) will implement this Act with the assistance of the Health Equity Resource Community (HERC) Advisory Committee, the Maryland Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, and Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP).

     ​Health Equity Resource Communities Advisory Committee Subcommittee Information 

    Public Comment Period:  The HERC Advisory Committee recently offered an opportunity to submit comments to key questions which would inform the development of the Pathways to Health Equity Call for Proposals.   To view a compendium of all public comments received, click here​​.

    Pathways Call for Proposals / Design Subcommittee
    Meeting Materials:

    • ​ ​Meeting Materials from August 26, 2021 may be found here​. 
    •  Meeting Materials from September 8, 2021 may be found here​.
    •  Meeting Materials from September 15, 2021 may be found here​. 

    Data & Program Evaluation Subcommittee
    Meeting Materials:
    • ​Meeting Materials from August 24, 2021 may be found​​​ here​.
    • Meeting materials from September 7, 2021 may be found here​. 
    • Meeting Materials from September 16, 2021 may be found here​. 

    Consumer Outreach and Community Engagement Subcommittee
    Meeting Materials: 
    • ​Meeting Materials from September 13, 2021 may be found here​. 
    ​​To see the HERC page please click here​.

    FY 2021 Call for Proposals - Grants Awarded by the Community Health Resources Commission (Application Period Closed)

    At its March 31, 2021 meeting the Community Health Resources Commission awarded 35 grants to support vulnerable populations in Maryland. Please click here​ to view the press release regarding the grants awarded by the Commission. Please click here​ to read summaries of the 35 awards.

    Update on Local Health Improvement Coalition Awards 

    In October 2020, the CHRC awarded 20 grants totaling $1 million to support one-year planning and capacity building efforts of Local Health Improvement Coalitions (LHIC).  The grants were designed to support the state's implementation of the Maryland Diabetes Action Plan​.

    All 20 LHICs submitted Interim Reports to the CHRC in April 2021 and interim/final LHIC reports will be due to the CHRC on October 29​​​, 2021.  For any questions regarding the CHRC funding of the LHICs, contact Michael Fay at michael.fay@maryland.gov.  


    Notice for CHRC's Current Grantees

    CHRC staff is prepared to offer advice on issues related to grant reporting deadlines, grant budgets and performance goals and measures.   Our email contact information is below and we will respond to emails that are received in a timely fashion.

    CHRC staff's email contact information:

    Mark Luckner, Executive Director - mark.luckner@maryland.gov

    Chris Kelter, Chief Financial Officer - chris.kelter@mayland.gov

    Michael Fay, Program Manager - michael.fay@maryland.gov

    Jen Thayer, Administrator - jen.thayer@maryland.gov
    Ed Swartz, Fiscal Specialist - ed.swartz@maryland.gov
    ​Lorianne Moss, Policy Analyst - lorianne.moss@maryland.gov

    CHRC Impact Statement

    To view a copy of the Commission's most recent Impact Statement, click here​​​​​​​.

    The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) was created by the Maryland General Assembly in 2005 to expand access to health care services in underserved communities in Maryland. The CHRC is an independent commission operating within the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), whose 11 members are appointed by the Governor. Since its inception, the CHRC has awarded 639 grants totaling $98.4 million, supporting programs in every jurisdiction of the state. These programs have collectively served more than 517,000 Marylanders, and grants awarded by the CHRC have enabled grantees to leverage $31.8 million in additional federal and private/non-profit resources.​

    The CHRC supports the work of community health care resources and fulfills its statutory mission in the following activities:

    1. Awarding grants to expand access in underserved areas and support public health priorities;
    2. Staffing the Maryland Council on Advancement of School-Based Health Centers​​;
    3. Supporting the State's Diabetes Action Plan through the provision of assistance to Local Health Improvement Coalitions​;
    4. Implementing the provisions of Senate Bill 496 - Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs and Families (RELIEF) Act by providing emergency grant funding to Title 7 Developmental Disabilities Administration Providers for re-opening, transformation or revenue loss;
    5. Establishing the Pathways to Health Equity Program/Health Equity Resource Communities​ under the Maryland Health Equity Resource Act of 2021; and
    6. Providing ongoing technical assistance to CHRC grantees and other programs and executing other Special Projec​ts.

    In fulfilling these responsibilities, the Commission implements a thorough system of performance measurement to ensure public resources are utilized effectively and efficiently so that Maryland’s underserved communities receive high-quality health care services. 

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