Quality Health Foundation awards 14 healthcare grants in Maryland

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Pictured from left: Catherine Smoot-Haselnus, MD, chair, Quality Health Strategies; Debbye Jackson, executive director, Channel Marker, Inc.; Cathy Cassell, program director, Channel Marker, Inc.; and Molly Burgoyne, MD, co-chair, Quality Health Foundation. Channel Marker, Inc., a mental health support agency serving Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties, was awarded $40,000 to support its Health Home Program. The funds will be used for a nurse care manager and health educator who will work with clients and psychiatric rehabilitation staff to emphasize health promotion, illness prevention, and prevention practices.

EASTON — Quality Health Foundation (QHF), the mission arm of Quality Health Strategies (QHS), recently awarded grants totaling $406,000 to 14 organizations across Maryland and in Washington, DC supporting local healthcare-related quality improvement efforts.

Funding decisions for the 2015-2016 grants, which range from $10,000 to $40,000, were determined by a project’s potential to impact access to quality healthcare and human services in the community. QHF selected this year’s awardees from a wide range of projects that targeted underserved and at-risk populations.

“We are pleased to single out these organizations for their important quality improvement initiatives,” said Brenda Crabbs, co-chair of the QHF Board of Directors. “Their work is perfectly aligned with our mission to improve the health status of individuals and communities. Although the amounts may seem modest, the impact can be great for these 14 charitable organizations.”

Catherine Smoot-Haselnus, QHS chair said that “the efforts of QHF are instrumental in creating solutions to transform health.”  Molly Burgoyne, co-chair of the QHF Board of Directors summed it up by saying: “We are delighted to fund these worthy organizations covering a broad portion of our service area throughout Maryland and Washington, DC.”
Among these grants were:

Channel Marker, Inc., a mental health support agency serving Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties, was awarded $40,000 to support its Health Home Program. The funds will be used for a nurse care manager and health educator who will work with clients and psychiatric rehabilitation staff to emphasize health promotion, illness prevention, and prevention practices.

For All Seasons, Inc., a licensed outpatient mental health clinic with offices in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties, provides a full continuum of mental health services for underserved children, adolescents, adults and families without regard to their ability to pay. A grant of $20,000 will provide mental health evaluations and therapeutic treatment sessions for people who are not eligible for victim grants and who are uninsured.

For Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc. in Salisbury, $40,000 will support the Health Outreach Ministry which serves approximately 2,500 clients who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Salisbury University received $40,000 for the Lower Shore Early Intervention Program which addresses behavioral and developmental concerns of underserved children from birth to five years of age. The funds will be used expand the Visiting Intervention portion of the program to provide consultative services to families and children with behavioral and mental health needs who are not enrolled in licensed daycare programs. The program helps parents with intervention strategies for their children as well as assistance in navigating community resources.

Since 2006, Quality Health Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $3.66 million to 55 organizations in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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