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    ​Health Equity Resource Communities​

    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.​

     Desplazarse hacia abajo y encontrará documentos seleccionados en español.


    Pathways to Health Equity Call for Proposals -  Informational Prior Meetings (Materials)

    Recursos en Español​:

    November 16 - Frequently Asked Questions Meeting 

    November 15 - Minority Health & Health Disparities - Minority Outreach & Technical Assistance Partners

    November 9 and November 10 - Southern Maryland - Pathways to Health Equity Informational Meeting

    November 4 and November 9 - Eastern Shore - Pathways to Health Equity Informational Meeting 

    November 1 and November 4 - Landover, MD - Pathways to Health Equity Informational Meeting

    October 26 and October 28 - Baltimore City - Pathways to Health Equity Informational Meeting

    October 21 and October 26 - Western Maryland - Pathways to Health Equity Informational Meeting

    October 19 - Pathways to Health Equity Frequently Asked Questions Meeting

    October 14 - Pathways to Health Equity Kick-Off Meeting Materials

    “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).

    ​To be added to the email distribution list about the HERC Initiative, please click here.​

    ​​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 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 from August 24, 2021 may be found here.
    • Meeting Materials from September 7, 2201 may be found here​.​
    • Meeting Materials from September 16, 2021 may be found here
    Consumer Outreach and Community Engagement Subcommittee
    • ​​Meeting Materials from September 13, 2021 may be found here​.​

    ​​​​ ​August 11, 2021 HERC Kick-off Meeting Materials:

    HERC Advisory Committee
    The HERC Advisory Committee will provide guidance and assistance to the CHRC in the following areas: implementation of the HERC program; HERC program evaluation and data collection metrics; preparation of an annual report on the program; and strategies for tax incentives and loan repayments to assist HERCs in achieving their mission. 

    The following members have been appointed to the HERC Advisory Committee:

    ​The Honorable Edward J. Kasemeyer, Chair, Community Health Resources Commission and Chair of the HERC Advisory Committee

    Noel Brathwaite, PhD, MSPH, Director, Minority Health and Health Disparities, Maryland Department of Health

    Alyssa L. Brown, JD, Director, Innovation, Research, and Development, Office of Health Care Financing, Maryland Department of Health

    Rebecca A. Altman, RN and MBA, Vice President and Chief Integration Officer, LifeBridge Health 

    Elizabeth L. Chung, Executive Director, Asian American Center of Frederick

    Michelle Spencer, MS, Associate Chair, Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Maura Dwyer, DrPH and MPH, Former Health Enterprise Zone Program Manager

    Jonathan Dayton, MS, NREMT, Community Relations and Population Health Supervisor, Mt. Laurel Medical Center

    Mikayla A. Walker, MPH, Management Consultant with ReefPoint Group in developing elder care national planning strategies for the Veteran Health Agency

    Jacqueline J. Bradley, MSN, MSS, CRNP, Bradley Consulting, LLC, and former Adult Nurse Practitioner, Kaiser Permanente for more than twenty years, and lead Nurse Practitioner for Community Ambassador Program at Kaiser (now retired from Kaiser) 

    The Honorable John A. Hurson, Esq., former Chair, Maryland Community Health Resources Commission​


    ​Recent Media Coverage:​​
    October 18, 2021 - State of Reform, Nicole Pasia: "MCHRC launches RFP for $13 million health equity grant​"

    October 16, 2021 - Maryland Matters, Hannah Gaskill:  "Commission Seeking Grant Applications to Quash Health Disparities in Black, Brown and Disabled Communities​."​​​

    WMAR Reporter Kendall Green reported on the August 11, 2021 meeting: WMAR In Focus​

    ​August 12, 2021 - Maryland Matters, Hannah Gaskill: "​Can Targeted Grants Improve the Health of Whole Neighborhoods? A Maryland Committee is Working on it​."