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.

To see the HERC page please click here​.

FY 2021 Call for Proposals - Grants Awarded by the Community Health Resources Commission

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​.

On March 26, 2021 the CHRC hosted an informational call for LHICs.  The call included the MDH Center for Population Health Initiatives and Center for Health Literacy at the School of Public Health, University of Maryland.

Interim LHIC reports will be due to the CHRC on April 30, 2021.  Click here for a sample narrative reporting template.  Expenditure reporting templates have been sent directly to LHICs.  For questions about the LHIC interim reports, contact Michael Fay at  

Final LHIC reports will be due to the CHRC on October 30, 2021.


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 -

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​; and
  4. 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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