Expanding Access in Maryland's Underserved Communities

Since its inception, the CHRC has awarded 689 grants totaling $126 million through its Calls for Proposals, which have supported programs in every jurisdiction in Maryland.  CHRC grants have supported programs which have provided services for over 511​,000 patients, resulting in more than 1,280,231 patient visits.

The CHRC awards grants by issuing a Call for Proposals approximately once a year. Grants are awarded in a competitive process, and priority areas and review criteria are determined by CHRC Commissioners. Grant proposals are evaluated by independent subject matter experts on a range of criteria outlined in each Call for Proposals, including the ability of the grantee to achieve stated program objectives and achieve sustainability once initial grant funds are utilized. Evaluation criteria utilized include:

  1. the use of evidenced-based practices in the proposed program;
  2. the ability of the program to collect and report outcomes data;
  3. demonstration of a community need;
  4. program sustainability; and
  5. likelihood of overall program success.

The Commission targets its resources to expand access to affordable, high-quality health care services in underserved areas of the state. CHRC grants support expanding access to primary care; helping to reduce infant mortality; increasing access to dental care; integrating behavioral health treatment services in the community; and facilitating the adoption of health information technology among ​safety net providers.  Click here​​​ to view​ The CHRC Impact Statement.

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