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In recent years, the CHRC has prioritized supporting a number of innovative hospital-community partnerships to improve population health and to support the State’s new All-Payer Model. Initial funding provided by the Commission (public) has leveraged significant additional (private) capital. The following are several examples of recent hospital-community partnerships that have been funded by the CHRC:


La Clinica del Pueblo, a federally qualified health center, received a three-year grant from the CHRC in 2016 to open a new comprehensive health center in Hyattsville. The program involves a partnership with Doctors Community Hospital, and will provide a comprehensive list of services including primary care, specialty care, radiology, case management, behavioral health services, insurance assistance, and health education.  The opening of the new health center in Hyattsville involves a public-private partnership, as La Clinica del Pueblo received $1,376,535 in additional funding from sources including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, The Cafritz Foundation, The Meyer Foundation, and The Split Rock Foundation. For more information about the opening of the new health center, click here.


The Lower Shore Clinic a behavioral health provider in Wicomico County, received a two-year grant in 2016 to support the CareWrap Program. CareWrap is being also supported by Peninsula Regional Medical Center ($92,233). The public-private partnership will enable the Lower Shore Clinic to support a CareWrap Team that will enroll individuals with chronic health needs, who are frequently admitted or treated in the emergency room at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, into longitudinal support including primary care and ancillary services in the community.  The program will increase access to primary and behavioral health services for individuals with behavioral health and complex medical conditions and is expected to assist Peninsula Regional Medical Center in reducing its readmission rates. The launch of this program has was covered by both print and television media.


Charles County Health Department received a three-year grant in 2016 to fund support an innovative “public health-EMS-hospital” partnership that seeks to address over-utilization of EMS and ED services in Charles County by assisting frequent ED/EMS users to manage their chronic conditions in a primary care setting or at home.  Clients will be supported by a Mobile Integrated Healthcare team, comprised of a paramedic, a nurse practitioner, and two community health workers.  The program is a collaboration among the Charles County Health Department, Charles EMS ($64,000), and Charles Regional Medical Center ($150,000), each of which is supporting the project financially. To view the media coverage of this project, click here.


Allegany Health Right, a provider of dental care for low-income, uninsured/underinsured adults, received a two-year grant in 2014 to provide access to dental care services and oral health education for underserved communities in Allegany County. The program was a collaboration with the Western Maryland Health System which aimed to divert dental patients from the Emergency Department to discounted urgent dental care services. Allegany Health Right leveraged CHRC funds to obtain additional resources from Western Maryland Health System ($30,000), the Carefirst Foundation ($24,000), the Gratis Foundation ($5,000), the DelFest Foundation ($5,000), the Rotary Club of Cumberland ($1,000), HUD Community Development Block Grant ($10,000), and Allegany County United Way ($19,680).


In addition to these grant-making activities, the CHRC sponsored a number of regional forums with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Health Service Cost Review Commission, Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients, and the Maryland Hospital Association to highlight innovative hospital-community partnerships occurring in the State, discuss lessons learned from these programs, and begin a dialogue about how these programs could be sustained and replicated. The lessons learned from these forums were summarized in the white paper released in January 2015, Sustaining Community Hospital Partnerships to Improve Population Health.”


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