Courts and Domestic Violence

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Court Watch Montgomery, Laurie Duker, in Bethesda Magazine article. Photo Credit to Liz Lynch.

In the March/April edition of Bethesda Magazine, Laurie Duker’s work is highlighted in an article by Steve Roberts. The article shares the work of Court Watch Montgomery, “…a small nonprofit that monitors how county judges deal with domestic violence and recommends improvements in court procedures.”

To read the article, click here.

To view a PDF of the article, click here.

Zip Code Ranking Project 2018

Late in 2018, Montgomery County released their Robert Wood Johnson Foundation developed report. According to the Montgomery County press release from November 2018:

“The purpose of this data is to build an equitable response to improving outcomes for all county residents.  We need to improve health and quality of life outcomes for everyone and demonstrate a tracking mechanism that will help us evaluate how our budget, policy and practice are improving outcomes for all residents.  Our goal is to utilize the data to inform our approaches in prevention, promotion, policy, practice, and planning for existing and new health programs that work to meet the public health needs of Montgomery County.” 

Dr. Travis Gayles, Montgomery County Health Officer

To view the report, click here. To view the Montgomery County November 2018 press release, click here.

HIF Releases Our FY18 Capacity Building Grant Awards Press Release

Click here to view the full HIF Press Release for our FY18 Capacity Building Grants!

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation FY18 Capacity Building Grant Awards

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation Awards FY18 Capacity Building Grants to 15 Organizations, Projected to Serve 12,026 Individuals and Generate $563,000 in Additional Revenue

 Montgomery County, MD – April 18, 2018 – The Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) awarded $663,000 in FY18 Capacity Building Grants to support 15 organizations in Montgomery County working to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and sustainable healthcare. HIF’s grants support (3) three priorities: to improve the quality and availability of comprehensive healthcare; to build capacity of the healthcare network; and to grow a highly skilled and culturally competent healthcare workforce. These grants are projected to serve 12,026 unduplicated Montgomery County residents, and build capacity of the healthcare network by generating a projected $563,000 in additional revenue.

WSM & HIF Partner to Expand Number of Scholarships to USG Nursing Students

WorkSource Montgomery partners with Healthcare Initiative Foundation and University of Maryland School of Nursing at USG to meet demand for nurses

WorkSource Montgomery (WSM) is proud to venture with the
Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), tocaccelerate the pipeline of Montgomery County residents earning their Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). As an extension of the Rx for Employability grant, WSM received a two-year $200,000 EARN (Employment Advancement Right Now) grant from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to address the critical
nursing shortage in the County.

“We want to focus on training Montgomery County residents for careers that build a culturally competent workforce, are in high demand and provide sustainable wages,” said Ellie Giles, CEO of WorkSource Montgomery. “Over the next 10 years there is a projected need for more than 250 registered nurses in the County.”

Recognizing the Healthcare Initiative Foundation’s successful RN-to-BSN workforce pipeline scholarship program with the University of Maryland School of Nursing, WorkSource Montgomery will provide HIF with EARN funds to supplement tuition supports to more than 60 Bachelor of Science in Nursing students over the next two years.

“The University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Nursing is one of the top nursing schools in the country, and USG is very proud to support the strong presence they have established in Montgomery County,” said Stewart Edelstein, Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove. “We look forward to partnering with the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, WorkSource Montgomery and the School of Nursing to further expand the opportunities for students to obtain their nursing degree now and in the future.”

Along with providing scholarships, WSM and the HIF will work collaboratively with the health industry, education and community partners to leverage current resources and realign existing programs to expand clinical rotation opportunities. “HIF is excited about the opportunity to further expand our BSN pipeline with USG in collaboration with WorkSource Montgomery though the Maryland EARN grant,” said Crystal Townsend, President of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation.

WSM EARN Partnership Release

HIF Scholarship Opportunities Now Available for Nursing, Mental Health, and Public Health Students!

I. Healthcare Initiative Foundation ADN-to-BSN Nursing Scholarship:

This award provides scholarship support of $1,500 each academic year for students accepted into MC’s nursing program who intend to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing through the ADN-to-BSN dual admission program at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Bilingual students are particularly encouraged to apply, but this opportunity is open to any nursing student who meets the criteria.

Additional benefits for recipients will include healthcare interpreting certification or cultural communications training, as well as participation in an annual hands-on interprofessional collaboration activity with students in other healthcare fields.

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation scholarships are structured to provide ongoing support to recipients during your studies at Montgomery College and at the Universities at Shady Grove through completion of your bachelor’s degree, as long as you continue to meet the criteria.

CRITERIA:

  • Need based;
  • Montgomery County resident;
  • Student already accepted or enrolled in MC’s nursing program with the intent to enroll in the ADN-to-BSN dual admission program with the University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove;
  • Meets the eligibility requirements for the Dual Enrollment nursing program, including an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a science GPA of at least 2.75; and
  • Must commit to an internship/clinical rotation at a nonprofit (or hospital); and maintain academic standing in their degree program.

II. Healthcare Initiative Foundation Building Career Pathways Scholarship for Mental Health and Public Health Students:

This award provides scholarship support of $1,500 each academic year for mental health and public health students who intend to earn their bachelor’s degree in social work or public health at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Bilingual students are particularly encouraged to apply, but this opportunity is open to any student who meets the criteria.

Additional benefits for recipients will include healthcare interpreting certification or cultural communications training, as well as participation in an annual hands-on interprofessional collaboration activity with students in other healthcare fields.

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation scholarships are structured to provide ongoing support to recipients during your studies at Montgomery College and at the Universities at Shady Grove through completion of your bachelor’s degree, as long as you continue to meet the criteria.

CRITERIA:

    • Montgomery County resident;
    • In need of financial assistance;
    • Mental health or public health major;
    • Intends to pursue bachelor’s degree in social work or public health at The Universities at Shady Grove;
    • Must commit to an internship/clinical rotation at a nonprofit (or hospital); and
    • Maintain academic standing in their degree program.

Student applicants may apply for the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) scholarships and other Montgomery College Foundation scholarship opportunities at http://montgomerycollege.academicworks.com. Although the fall application deadline passed on July 31, Montgomery College is holding the HIF scholarships open until September 30.

Student applicants may apply for this and other Montgomery College Foundation scholarship opportunities at https://montgomerycollege.academicworks.com. Although the fall application deadline passed on July 31, we are holding the HIF scholarships open until September 30.

To apply, please follow these steps:

Go to the Montgomery College Foundation Scholarship Application website: https://montgomerycollege.academicworks.com.

Click on “Sign in With Your Institution.” Use your Montgomery College MY MC credentials to login to the site, powered by Academic Works. Read and follow all instructions provided on the home page.

If this is your first time logging in, you will need to complete the General Application, located by clicking on the ‘Application’ link in the top menu bar. To be considered for the scholarship, please ensure your application is complete. Make sure to answers both essay questions and sign and submit your online scholarship application.

To search for information regarding either Healthcare Initiative Foundation scholarship, click on “Opportunities. Click the “Apply” button next to the HIF scholarship that corresponds with your area of study, answer the questions, and then click “Submit. You will be notified of your application status by email. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive an award letter in the mail. Please be sure to complete all requirements on the award letter.

For questions regarding the scholarship application process, please contact the Scholarship Office: by email at Scholarships@montgomerycollege.edu or by telephone at (240) 567-4021.