​Health Equity Resource Communities​

Health Equity Resource Communities/Pathways to Health Equity

“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).

CHRC Commissioners vote to award nine Pathways to Health Equity grantees as part of the Maryland Health Equity Resource Act
The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) voted on February 15 to award nine grantees under the new “Pathways to Health Equity” program, investing a total of $13.5 million in new resources in underserved communities across the state.  The new projects will address health disparities, expand access to health services, and improve health outcomes in urban, rural, and suburban communities.  Specific health disparities targeted by the new projects include: diabetes, asthma, heart disease and hypertension, mental health, Substance Use Disorder, maternal and child health, and Sickle Cell Disease.  Click here to read the Press Release and click here to view the program summaries for the Pathways to Health Equity grantees.

Reports, Presentations and Prior Meeting Information
May 12, 2022 - Health Equity Resource Communities Advisory Committee Meeting

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

Recursos en Español​:

November 16 - Frequently Asked Questions Meeting 

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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

​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

Mark A. Martin, ​PhD, MHA, MBA, MA, Acting Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities​

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, Executive Director, Maryland Rural Health Association

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​

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​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​."