Leveraging Resources and Supporting Sustainable Programs
The CHRC supports grantees in their efforts to obtain additional, non-state funding to create sustainable health care programs. Promoting long-term financial sustainability of grant programs is a key priority of the Commission, and the grant funding provided by the CHRC has enabled grantees to leverage $15.6 million in additional federal and private/non-profit resources. The Commission has served as an “incubator” for innovative programs and supports the efforts of grantees to continue programs once initial CHRC grant funding has been expended. Below are some examples of grantees who have managed to successfully leverage funds and create sustainable health care programs.
Access Carroll, Inc. – Carroll County
Access Carroll, Inc., a free clinic operating in Westminster, MD provides health care to underserved areas and at-risk populations in the community. They have received three grants from the CHRC. In 2007, Access Carroll was awarded $100,000 to provide primary and specialty health care services to low income, uninsured residents of Carroll County. Over the one-year grant period, they leveraged the CHRC’s grant to raise an additional $659,000 in private and local funding support. In 2011, Access Carroll received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the CHRC to provide dental services to low-income residents of Carroll County. Grant funds were utilized to open a full-time dental clinic and they were able to leverage an additional $162,451 in capital support from the Weinberg Foundation.
Choptank Community Health System, Inc. - Talbot and Dorchester Counties
Choptank Community Health System (CCHS), a Federally Qualified Health Center operating multiple service locations on the Eastern Shore, was awarded a $300,000 two-year grant in FY 2008 to expand its dental program’s capacity to serve adults and children from Talbot and Dorchester Counties. CCHS’s grant program targeted an area of the state with significant oral health issues and a shortage of dental health professionals to sufficiently meet the needs of its residents. CCHS was able to use the Commission funding to significantly expand its capacity and was able to secure an ongoing $215,000 annual federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to continue to provide dental services.
Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County - Montgomery County
The Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County (PCC) supports and administers access to care programs for the uninsured and low-income residents through a variety of partnerships and networks throughout the jurisdiction. The CHRC awarded the PCC a total of $375,000 in FY 2009 to coordinate and streamline specialty care for patients enrolled in the Montgomery Cares program. During the course of this grant program, the PCC was able to develop partnerships with hospitals and health care professionals to provide pro-bono care and obtained support from private foundations, county and private donations totaling more than $898,800 in additional leveraged funding.
Chase Brexton Health Services – Howard County
Chase Brexton Health Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center with sites in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Talbot, and Howard Counties. In FY 2009, the CHRC awarded Chase Brexton a $500,000 grant to develop a dental service site in Howard County to provide comprehensive oral health services to adults and children. Chase Brexton Health Services successfully leveraged the CHRC initial investment to secure more than $700,000 in private and local funding support and surpassed anticipated patient revenues by nearly $600,000 to sustain this program.
Community Clinic, Inc. - Montgomery and Prince George's County
Community Clinic, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center in the Washington D.C. metropolitan region, utilized CHRC grant funding to expand services for high-risk patients in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties and supported the integration of Community Health Workers. This program was able to expand its service delivery programming to target obesity prevention efforts and chronic conditions for patients under the age of 18. Community Clinic, Inc. leveraged CHRC grant funds to raise an additional $1.9 million in private and local funding support, including a three-year grant for $1.5 million from CareFirst.
Esperanza Center - Baltimore City
Esperanza Center is a Volunteer in Medicine clinic, offering free primary care services in Baltimore City to the uninsured immigrant Latino residents. They have received two grants from the CHRC. The first grant, in 2012, enabled the Center to expand the successful Asociación Comunidad Saludable Project and increased access to care for their underserved population. Catholic Charities was able to leverage CHRC grant funds to raise an additional $428,000. They also received a two-year grant from the CHRC earlier this year to expand its service delivery from 17 to 28 hours per week. Esperanza Center leveraged the grant award to obtain another $200,000 grant from the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation.
Way Station - Multiple Jurisdictions
Way Station, Inc. provides comprehensive community-based mental health services to adults and children in Baltimore City, Frederick, Carroll, Howard, and Washington Counties. Way Station utilized CHRC grant funds to increase access to primary care services in their existing behavioral health clinic. This program provided more than 1,500 health education sessions to assist individuals in managing chronic disease. Way Station, Inc. leveraged CHRC grant funds to raise an additional $1.7 million in private and local funding support.