Leveraging Additional 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 approximately $14.7 million in additional federal, private/non-profit resources, and other 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. Several recent CHRC grantees that have leveraged additional funding include Community Clinic, Inc., Way Station, Inc., and Catholic Charities - Esperanza Center’s Health Clinic. Successful leveraging can be seen of most of the CHRC grantees, below are a examples of grantees who have managed to successfully leverage funds and create sustainable health care programs.
Examples of grantees that have successfully leveraged CHRC initial funding into long-term, sustainable programs include the following:
Access Carroll, Inc. – Carroll County
Access Carroll, Inc., a free clinic operating in Westminster, MD, was awarded $100,000 in FY 2007 to provide primary and specialty health care services to low income, uninsured residents of Carroll County. Over the one-year grant period, Access Carroll cared for nearly 600 patients and provided 6,000 patient encounters and leveraged the CHRC’s initial $100,000 investment to raise an additional $659,000 in private and local funding support. Access Carroll continues to provide health care to underserved areas and at-risk populations in the community long after CHRC funding has been expended.
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. Since its grant award, the Primary Care Coalition has established a Specialty Care Network in the county that has assisted more than 5,800 patients obtain access to 9,450 specialist encounters. 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’s three-year dental program exceeded initial patient projections by 60%, serving more than 4,700 patients, and remains in full operation today. Chase Brexton Health Services has successfully leveraged the CHRC initial investment to secure more than $700,000 in private and local funding support and surpass 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. The program has served 6,168 individuals to date.
Esperanza Center - Baltimore City Catholic Charities is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that operates the Esperanza Center’s Health Clinic in Baltimore City. The CHRC grant enabled Catholic Charities to expand the successful Asociación Comunidad Saludable Project and increased access to care for this underserved population. Grant funds enabled the hiring of a bilingual nurse who tripled monthly patient visits after hiring and addresses communication barriers for this patient population. Catholic Charities leveraged CHRC grant funds to raise an additional $500,000, including a $200,000 grant from Catholic Health Initiatives. The program has served an additional 3,156 patients to date and provided 6,498 visits.
Way Station - Mulitple 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. The program has served 736 individuals to date, and many of these individuals have complex primary and behavioral health needs.