Community Health Resources Commission​

​To contain the spread of COVID-19, mandatory telework has been invoked for Community Health Resources Commission​ employees.

Please refer to the contact list to reach specific employees within the Community Health Resources Commission.  Emailed inquiries will receive a more prompt response than phone calls.

Thank you for your patience.  We look forward to returning to normal operations soon.


Health Equity Resource Communities

“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).

The HERC Advisory Committee members were recently appointed. Click here​ for a copy of the press release announcing these appointments.

 ​Health Equity Resource Communities Advisory Committee Subcommittee Information 
**UPDATE** As the CHRC and HERC Advisory Committee are preparing a Call for Proposal for this grant opportunity, they are requesting public comments on a number of key questions related to the upcoming Pathways to Health Equity Call for Proposal.  Written comments* will be accepted through September 14, 2021 and the revised form may be found here​.  

*NEW* To view a compendium of public comments received as of September 16, 2021, 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​. 
*By submitting a response to the public comments requested, you understand that your responses may be used by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) and/or the Health Equity Resource Communities (HERC) Advisory Committee.   Additionally, the responses may be used in public meetings, posted on the CHRC/HERC websites and will be made part of the official record.  You also consent to be placed on the Health Equity Resource Communities mailing list.  To unsubscribe, please email​  

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.

On Thursday, April 8, 2021, CHRC staff held a call with the grantees from the awards issued by the Commission at its March 31, 2021 meeting. CHRC staff presented information on the grant monitoring process and other administrative matters. Please click here​ for the presentation.

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 final LHIC reports will be due to the CHRC on October 30, 2021.  For any questions regarding the CHRC funding of the LHICs, contact Michael Fay at  


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. In recognition of the Governor's executive order and guidance from the Maryland Department of Health, the CHRC is adhering to social distancing policies and CHRC staff is working remotely.  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 -

Chris Kelter, Chief Financial Officer -

Michael Fay, Program Manager -

Jen Thayer, Administrator -

Ed Swartz, Fiscal Specialist -

Lorianne Moss, Policy Analyst -

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 347 grants totaling $85.9 million, supporting programs in every jurisdiction of the state. These programs have collectively served more than 504,000 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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