Leveraging Resources and Supporting Sustainable Programs
The CHRC supports grantees in their efforts to obtain additional, non-state funding to create sustainable health care programs. Promoting long-term financial sustainability of grant programs is a key priority of the Commission, and the grant funding provided by the CHRC has enabled grantees to leverage $31.8 million in additional federal and private/non-profit resources. The Commission has served as an “incubator” for innovative programs and supports the efforts of grantees to continue programs once initial CHRC grant funding has been expended. Below are several examples of grantees who utilized initial CHRC 'seed funding' to leverage additional resources from private and public sources to promote long-term program sustainability.
Helping Up Mission - Baltimore City
Helping Up Mission is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides comprehensive faith-based recovery services for men fighting addiction, poverty, & homelessness in Greater Baltimore. In 2017, Helping Up Mission received a three-year, $150,000 grant to expand an existing program they have with the University of Maryland Dental School to help homeless residents secure comprehensive dental services. This program builds on Helping Up Mission's existing partnerships with Towson University, the Health Alliance, Johns Hopkins Hospital, UMSOD, and the DHMH Office of Oral Health. Helping Up Mission has leveraged CHRC funding to receive $50,000 from Care First, $5,000 from the Brendan James Huber Foundation, and $7,500 from the Nikki Perlow Foundation.
The Chinese Culture and Community Service Center - Montgomery County
The Chinese Culture and Community Service Center (CCACC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides a wide range of services including primary care health services in Montgomery County. CCACC’s Pan Asian Volunteer Health Clinic provides primary care health services and health education to financially disadvantaged un- or under-insured Montgomery County residents. In 2016, CCACC received a three-year, $200,000 grant to support the relocation of the Pan Asian Volunteer Health Clinic to Gaithersburg and expansion of clinic services from one day to five days per week. The Chinese Culture and Community Service Center has leveraged CHRC funding to receive $50,000 from the Healthcare Initiative Foundation.
Family Services Inc, - Montgomery County
Family Services Inc, a non-profit organization and part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System provides high-quality services to foster health and wellbeing in the home, school and community. In 2017, Family Services received a two-year, $250,000 grant to support the Thriving Germantown initiative, which focuses on increasing access to health and social support services in an underserved, low-income, and diverse community around the James Daly elementary school, a Title I elementary school. The Thriving Germantown initiative utilizes a collective impact model and builds on the 'Promise Neighborhood' concept, which tracks 15 indicators across the cradle-to-grave continuum for low-income families. The grantee has leveraged the CHRC funding to receive $2,014,832 in public and private funding.
The Family Tree – Baltimore City
The Family Tree is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. In 2017, The Family Tree received a $150,000 grant to implement the evidence-based, cost-effective, 'Maryland Family Connects' program, a home visitation program for at-risk mothers designed to support new mothers in caring for their newborns. The grantee has leveraged the CHRC funding to receive $200,000 from the Maryland Department of Health, $100,000 from the Aaron and Lillie Strauss Foundation, and $20,000 from the Thomas Wilson Sanitarium for Children of Baltimore City.
Health Partners – Charles’s County
Health Partners is a non-profit primary care and dental provider in Charles County. The organization has received five grants from the CHRC. In 2017, Health Partners was awarded $100,000 to expand dental services to a clinic in Nanjemoy, and the organization leveraged this grant to receive $175,000 from the Weinberg Foundation. In 2014, Health partners was awarded $300,000 to assist the organization as it transitioned from a free clinic as to a grant based billing model to billing both Medicaid and private payors. Over the grant period the organization leveraged the commission's funding to receive $50,000 from the Weinberg Foundation.
La Clinica del Pueblo – Prince George’s County
La Clinica del Pueblo is a non-profit, federally qualified health center that serves the Latino and immigrant populations of the Washington, DC metro area. The organization received a $300,000 grant from the CHRC in 2016 to open a new Federally Qualified Health Center site in Hyattsville, Prince George's County, which serves the Langley Park, Hyattsville, Riverdale, Mt. Rainer, and Bladensburg communities, providing access to medical, behavioral health, and other social support services. In the first year of the program, La Clinica received $75,000 from the Cafritz Foundation, $10,000 from the Morningstar Foundation, $20,000 from the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, $25,000 from the Quality Health Foundation, $150,000 from the Prince George’s Executive Office, $25,000 from the Prince George’s Community Partnership 2016-17, and $6,000 from the Prince George’s Council Members.
Access Carroll, Inc. – Carroll County
Access Carroll, Inc., a free clinic operating in Westminster, MD provides health care to underserved areas and at-risk populations in the community. They have received three grants from the CHRC. In 2007, Access Carroll was awarded $100,000 to provide primary and specialty health care services to low income, uninsured residents of Carroll County. Over the one-year grant period, they leveraged the CHRC’s grant to raise an additional $659,000 in private and local funding support. In 2011, Access Carroll received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the CHRC to provide dental services to low-income residents of Carroll County. Grant funds were utilized to open a full-time dental clinic and they were able to leverage an additional $162,451 in capital support from the Weinberg Foundation
Access to Wholistic and Productive Living Institute – Prince George’s County
Access to Wholistic and Productive Living Institute, a non-profit community based organization, has received three grants totaling $350,000 from the CHRC to support the “Bright Beginnings” program, which provides intensive, home-visiting outreach serving at-risk women and families in Prince George’s County. Access to Wholistic & Productive Living utilized CHRC grant funding to leverage more than $500,000 in additional funding, including a $447,612 grant from CareFirst, $49,980 grant from the DHMH Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities; and $50,000 grant from the Morehouse School of Medicine to test the efficacy of integrating community health workers in maternal care coordination programs. Promoting program sustainability after initial CHRC ‘seed funding’ is a top priority of the Commission.
The Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County – Montgomery County
The Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County (PCC) supports and administers access to care programs for the uninsured and low-income residents through a variety of partnerships and networks throughout the jurisdiction. The CHRC awarded the PCC a total of $375,000 in FY 2009 to coordinate and streamline specialty care for patients enrolled in the Montgomery Cares program. During the course of this grant program, the PCC was able to develop partnerships with hospitals and health care professionals to provide pro-bono care and obtained support from private foundations, county and private donations totaling more than $898,800 in additional leveraged funding.
Chase Brexton Health Services – Howard County
Chase Brexton Health Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center with sites in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Talbot, and Howard Counties. In FY 2009, the CHRC awarded Chase Brexton a $500,000 grant to develop a dental service site in Howard County to provide comprehensive oral health services to adults and children. Chase Brexton Health Services successfully leveraged the CHRC initial investment to secure more than $700,000 in private and local funding support and surpassed anticipated patient revenues by nearly $600,000 to sustain this program.
Community Clinic, Inc. - Montgomery and Prince George's County
Community Clinic, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center in the Washington D.C. metropolitan region, utilized CHRC grant funding to expand services for high-risk patients in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties and supported the integration of Community Health Workers. This program was able to expand its service delivery programming to target obesity prevention efforts and chronic conditions for patients under the age of 18. Community Clinic, Inc. leveraged CHRC grant funds to raise an additional $1.9 million in private and local funding support, including a three-year grant for $1.5 million from CareFirst.
Esperanza Center - Baltimore City
Esperanza Center is Volunteer in Medicine clinic, offering free primary care services in Baltimore City to the uninsured immigrant Latino residents. They have received two grants totaling $350,000 from the CHRC. The first grant, in 2012, enabled the Center to expand the successful Asociación Comunidad Saludable Project and increased access to care for their underserved population. They also received a two-year grant from the CHRC in 2018 to expand its service delivery from 17 to 28 hours per week. Catholic Charities was able to leverage CHRC grant funds to raise an additional $821,018 including: a $50,000 grant from CareFirst; a $75,000 grant from Johns Hopkins Medicine; two grants totaling $80,658 from the United Way of Central Maryland ; two grants totaling $253,890 from Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States; $317,470 from Catholic Charities; and $44,000 ffrom private donations.
Way Station - Multiple Jurisdictions
Way Station, Inc. provides comprehensive community-based mental health services to adults and children in Baltimore City, Frederick, Carroll, Howard, and Washington Counties. Way Station utilized CHRC grant funds to increase access to primary care services in their existing behavioral health clinic. This program provided more than 1,500 health education sessions to assist individuals in managing chronic disease. Way Station, Inc. leveraged CHRC grant funds to raise an additional $1.7 million in private and local funding support.