Community Health Resources Commission​

To contain the spread of COVID-19, Maryland Community Health Resources Commission staff may be teleworking.  Commission staff wish to provide exceptional customer service and ask you submit any inquiries via email in order to receive a timely response.  Email information for Commission staff may be found here.​‬‬‬

Health Equity Resource Communities/Pathways to Health Equity

The CHRC has released the Pathways to Health Equity Call for Proposals, click here​ for a copy of the press release.  Applications will be due at NOON on December 7, 2021.  Click here​ for the Call to Proposals page.  The CHRC and HERC Advisory Committee will host a series of 10 regional public outreach forums to inform local communities about the program and allow for discussion of local priorities (click here for more information on these meetings).  Meeting regarding the Pathways to Health Equity Call for Proposals may​ be accessed by clicking here.  Haga clic aquí​ para navegar por la página de HERC, donde se puede ver algunos recursos en español.


Western Maryland follow-up online meeting
October 26   10:00 am – 11:00 AM

Meeting Link
Meeting ID:  941 3866 7341  Passcode: 854124
Dial-In Number: 301-715-8592 Meeting ID:  941 3866 7341  Passcode: 854124​

Baltimore City in-person meeting
October 26   4:30-6:30 pm (F​​ly​er​) ​

Haga clic aquí​ para ver información en Español.
Coppin State University
2500 W North Avenue (Park in Lot F)​, Baltimore, MD 21216

This meeting will be live streamed to:​​

All visitors to the Coppin State University Campus must complete a visitor's assessment prior to arriving.  Click here to access the form​.​​

​"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).

 ​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:

  • ​ ​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​. 
​​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.

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.   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 639 grants totaling $98.4 million, supporting programs in every jurisdiction of the state. These programs have collectively served more than 517,000 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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