HIF Releases Our FY18 Capacity Building Grant Awards Press Release

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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.


  • 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.


    • 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.

Mary’s Center Expands Services to Saturdays in Montgomery County

More than 400 new participants will benefit from the expanded hours. Since its opening, the Silver Spring location serves nearly 4,000 residents a year.

Silver Spring, MD – Starting June 1, 2016, Mary’s Center will expand its hours of operation to include Saturdays to meet the increased need for medical services in Montgomery County. With this expansion, the Center anticipates serving more than 400 new participants per year.

Mary’s Center, which is based in Washington, DC, extended its services to Maryland in 2008 due to the urgent need identified in Montgomery County and the lack of affordable medical services available to low-income residents. In 2015, the Center served nearly 4,000 County residents, 62% of whom were uninsured.

In addition to extending its hours of operation, Mary’s Center is planning to relocate to a larger facility, as a long-term strategy to overcome space constraints and meet the high demand for services in Montgomery County. The move, scheduled for 2017, will enable the Center to provide medical and dental care, behavioral health, social services and health education to a larger population in one of the underserved areas in the County.

Mary’s Center has two medical locations in DC, one in Montgomery County and one in Prince George’s County. A new facility is under construction in the Fort Totten neighborhood in Northeast DC and is scheduled to open in fall 2016.

Current Mary’s Center patients or Montgomery County residents in need of medical services can make an appointment by calling 1-844-796-2797 or visiting www.maryscenter.org.

Good News for Montgomery County’s Underprivileged Residents as Safety-Net Clinics Transform Business Models

Primary Care Coalition and safety-net clinics receive $600,000 multi-year grant to implement new Business Model Transformation project to improve the access and quality of care for underprivileged residents.

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) has awarded a $600,000 grant to the Primary Care Coalition to implement business transformation for long-term sustainability at four safety-net clinics that serve Montgomery County residents with limited resources. With this funding, the PCC and participating clinics will strengthen and grow the high quality, comprehensive, cost effective safety-net health care system in Montgomery County. The participating clinics include Catholic Charities Medical Clinic (CCMC), Mansfield Kaseman Clinic, Mercy Medical Center, and Muslim Community Center Medical Clinic. Two additional clinics are expected to join the program in the future: Mobile Medical Care, Inc., and Proyecto Salud.

With this funding from the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, the PCC and clinic partners will implement a “Business Model Transformation” (BMT) project to improve clinic sustainability and strengthen the health care safety net. The PCC is providing technical support to assist these clinics to become Medicaid providers so they can continue to serve previously uninsured patients who now have Medicaid. They will also begin to serve new Medicaid patients.

The PCC strives to ensure that low-income, uninsured and underinsured community members have access to high quality health care. These individuals are ethnically and linguistically diverse. The PCC manages Montgomery Cares and Care for Kids. These programs are public private partnerships that leverage county funding as well as grants, donations and in kind services from the private sector. They served nearly 25,000 adults and 4,000 children in the fiscal year of 2015 (FY15). Through these safety-net programs, under resourced residents of Montgomery County receive primary care, specialty care, access to medications, and behavioral health services.

The Primary Care Coalition works with clinics, hospitals, health care providers, and other community partners to coordinate health services for low-income, uninsured residents of Montgomery County, Maryland and the National Capital Area. Our vision is a community in which all residents will have the opportunity to live healthy lives. PCC is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. www.primarycarecoalition.org

Healthcare Initiative Foundation Grant Supports MobileMed and Aspire Collaborative Program: Integrated Behavioral Health Services for Underserved Montgomery County Residents

Bethesda, MD—Mobile Medical Care, Inc. (MobileMed) and Aspire Counseling are pleased to announce that they were jointly awarded a $100,000 grant by the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) that continues support for integrated behavioral health services for MobileMed’s low-income primary care population. HIF funds will enhance quality of patient care by ensuring proactive screening and treatment for behavioral health conditions. HIF, a 501(c)(3) private foundation, is known for its commitment to improving safety net services in Montgomery County, funding programs that are typically underfunded and represent significant service gaps.

The MobileMed/Aspire collaboration started as a pilot program six years ago. Recognizing that mental health and physical health are interrelated, the program’s initial goal was to increase the number of patients screened for anxiety and depression when they visited one of MobileMed’s primary care clinics. As this collaboration has evolved and expanded, the program now has three overall goals: to move closer to the goal of universal behavioral health screening for all MobileMed patients; to ensure that patients whose behavioral health screening indicates that they are at risk are assessed and linked with appropriate follow-up treatment; and to provide effective onsite therapy services by Aspire staff to as many MobileMed patients as possible. HIF’s support is integral to developing a sustainable model that achieves significant outcomes for underserved patients.

For over 45 years, MobileMed’s mission has been to improve the health of low-income people who face the greatest barriers to care access to a community health center. A 501(c)(3), MobileMed provides high quality, comprehensive primary and preventive care, delivered in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. Each year, MobileMed serves over 4,000 of Montgomery County’s most vulnerable adult residents through 14,000 medical encounters. Aspire Counseling’s vision is to be an active partner in a community in which all people have access to needed, effective, evidence-based mental health and wellness services. Based in Gaithersburg, Aspire, a 501(c)(3), serves more than 1,500 people each year through office-based and community-based programs. Its community programs are designed to meet the mental health needs of low-income, uninsured and underinsured people within Montgomery County.

More information on MobileMed is available at www.mobilemedicalcare.org or by contacting info@mobilemedicalcare.org or 301-841-0825. More information about Aspire Counseling is available at www.we-aspire.org or by contacting main@we-aspire.org or 301- 978-9750.

Healthcare Initiative Foundation Awards Grant for Healthy Food Access Program in Takoma Park and Long Branch

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) has awarded a $45,000 planning grant to Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research (CHEER). HIF’s mission is to support organizations that offer solutions to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare for residents of Montgomery County.

CHEER is the convener of Healthy Long Branch, a consortia of health care providers, social service providers and community groups in Takoma Park and Long Branch.  Healthy Long Branch brings partners from multiple sectors, such as business, nonprofit, health care, housing and community groups, together to help everyone in the community achieve excellent health.

The grant will go toward developing the Healthy Food Access Prescription program for residents in the Takoma Park and Long Branch communities with chronic health conditions that can be improved upon through good nutrition.

In a recent major study, the Montgomery County’s Food Council Food Access Working Group (FAWG) reported that Long Branch is a community of low access to healthy food.  The conditions affecting many people in the community include the high cost of living and low wages, limited transportation, limited time to shop, and limited access to kitchen facilities.  As a consequence, many residents are experiencing poor health outcomes and have the highest hospital utilization rates for uncontrolled diabetes in the county. Long Branch, however, is not a food desert as there are healthy food sources and available health and wellness resources. What is needed is a stronger and deeper network of relationships capable of overcoming the barriers that prevent people from using healthy food.

The Healthy Food Access Program being designed would have community health workers with relevant cultural and linguistic knowledge provide residents with fresh fruits and vegetables, health and cooking education, and support to help participants adopt and sustain healthy eating and living practices. Strong connections will be developed between the health providers, community health workers, and food providers to evaluate health outcomes and ensure access to healthy food.

The HIF grant complements the recent Trinity Health Transforming Communities Initiative award of $500,000 per year for up to 5 years to Institute for Public Health Innovation, which supports policies, systems, and an environment that reduces obesity. Two of the targeted communities are Takoma Park and Long Branch.

For more information, contact Bruce Baker at 301-589-3633 or bruce@communitycheer.org.

Healthcare Initiative Foundation Awards Grant for Scholarships to Support Students in Nursing & Social Work Programs at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG)

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation of Montgomery County awarded The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) a $648,900 grant, which will fund 112 scholarships over five years to support students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Social Work program and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) School of Nursing. A primary goal of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation is to enhance and expand the workforce development in the healthcare field within Montgomery County. The scholarships will provide needed pathways to the degrees and careers that will directly power tomorrow’s healthcare workforce. 

In addition, the grant will support four innovative initiatives to help prepare the scholarship recipients to meet the health and wellness needs of the community and connect them with future employers in their professional fields. The first initiative will help students learn interdisciplinary practices, rules, and responsibilities, and gain experience at the Mercy Health Clinic. The Mercy Health Clinic is a free, not-for-profit, non-sectarian, community based primary healthcare provider serving uninsured, low-income adult residents in Montgomery County. The second initiative will place students in clinic rotations at Montgomery County non-profits in the healthcare field which will enhance the students’ knowledge of community health and develop a greater understanding of the community.

In an effort to respond to the pressing need for culturally competent social workers with experience serving children under the age of 12, social work scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to complete their field placements with non-profits serving this age group. The third initiative will establish a Bilingual Writing Mentor Program to support the academic success of 20 students whose first language is not English.