HIF Announces FY19 Capacity Building Recipients


The Healthcare Initiative Foundation Awards FY19 Capacity Building Grants to #16 Organizations, Projected to Impact 104,841 Individuals and Generate $550,260 in Additional Revenue for $523,000

Montgomery County, MD – May 21, 2019 – TheHealthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) awarded $523,000 in FY19 Capacity Building Grants to support 16 organizations in Montgomery County, MD working to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and sustainable healthcare. HIF’s grants support: behavioral health access across the lifespan; access to quality and comprehensive health and wellness services; sustainable business models and integrated service delivery for systemic transformation; and the growth of a highly skilled and culturally competent healthcare workforce. These grants are projected to impact 104,841 Montgomery County residents, and build capacity of the healthcare network by generating a projected $550,260 in additional revenue.

Behavioral Health Across the Lifespan: $180,000 Granted; An Estimated 258 Individuals to be Impacted; Generating a Projected $49,000 in Additional Revenue

  • EveryMind – $60,000 – Provides school-based clinical mental health services to ensure that 50 low income and uninsured children and families access quality behavioral health services.
  • Hearts and Homes for Youth – $20,000 – Expands capacity to provide psychiatric support to 16 youth in non-therapeutic group foster homes.  
  • Identity, Inc. – $50,000 – Provides after school program to 25 students and 25 parents, with family case management to improve student social and emotional wellness and academic success.
  • The Tree House Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County, Inc. – $50,000 – Ensures access to quality and comprehensive services for 126 children and families affected by maltreatment in Montgomery County and contributes to the development of a highly-skilled trauma-informed medical workforce.

Access to Quality and Comprehensive Health and Wellness Services: $193,000 Granted; An Estimated 3,971 Individuals to be Impacted; Generating a Projected $445,260 in Additional Revenue

  • Vietnamese American Services, Inc. – $20,000 – Improves access of health and social services, promoting health and education and sustained community connection by operating a community center for Vietnamese American residents in Montgomery County.
  • Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind – $50,000 – Assists 764 Montgomery Cares’ patients access diabetic retinopathy screenings and the capacity for safety-net clinics to meet quality care benchmarks for patients with diabetes.
  • Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington (JCA) – $30,000 – Improves quality of life by reducing social isolation, depression, and anxiety for 155 seniors and their caregivers who have been diagnosed with early stages of dementia through activities, education, and group interventions to optimize cognitive and physical function.
  • Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc. -$15,000 – Increases capacity to provide high-quality dental care to 2,340 residents of Montgomery County.
  • Manna Food Center -$50,000 – Improves senior access to food in partnership with the Montgomery County Food Council, Jewish Council for the Aging, Senior Connection, and other partners to qualified Montgomery County seniors by engaging seniors as appropriate in SNAP benefits, transportation assistance, and Manna Food services.
  • American Diversity Group -$20,000 – Provides dental screenings and treatments to 120 children and parents referred by UpCounty elementary schools.
  • Mercy Health Clinic -$8,000 – Improves for 196 patients access to medical advice, health and wellness, and additional community resources through an after-hours telephone support system.

Sustainable Business Models and Integrated Service Delivery to Stimulate Systemic Transformation in the Health and Wellness Sector: $150,000 Granted; An Estimated 100,612 Individuals to be Impacted; Generating a Projected $56,000 in Additional Revenue

  • YMCA of Metropolitan Washington -$15,000 – Offers trauma-informed services to 253 clients by completing internal staff training and integrating trauma informed treatment planning, practices, and monitoring in order to improve programmatic outcomes across the organization.
  • Leadership Montgomery (LM) -$25,000 – Supports and builds sustainability for LM’s racial equity leadership training and helps seed the launch of the Race Equity Action Leadership (REAL) 8-month program that examines the systemic beliefs, practices, and polices within the context of organizational leadership. Funding will support (5) five staff from (1) one nonprofit to participate.
  • Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) -$35,000 – Measures the impact of a collaborative care partnership enabling 35 low-income seniors to age in place by addressing social determinants of health and ability to function independently.
  • Institute for Public Health and Innovation (IPHI) -$25,000 – Builds the capacity of local school communities in Montgomery County and improving student wellness by increasing access to healthy, affordable food, physical activity opportunities, and social and emotional wellness through School Wellness Action Plans and Councils.
  • Family Services, Inc.-$50,000 – Thriving Germantown (TG) HUBis a multi-generational, multi-sectoral integrated model thatprovides linkage and care coordination to 200 children and family members who present risk factors in the areas of health and wellness, behavioral health, education, and social sustainability according to the Pathways Community HUB intervention model, through groups, home visits, and technology as well as coordinates the Thriving Germantown HUB collective impact partnership.

HIF supports organizations that offer solutions to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare for residents of Montgomery County, Maryland. Within our geographic and focus area, we consider efforts to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare, expand the availability of comprehensive healthcare, build appropriate capacity in the healthcare network, and grow the healthcare workforce. To learn more, please visit our website at www.hifmc.org and like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/hifmc.

To view the press release, click here.

REAL Inclusion Program – Leadership Montgomery

Starting in FY20, Leadership Montgomery will be offering the REAL (Racial Equity Action Leadership) Inclusion program. This program examines the systemic beliefs, practices, and policies that have perpetuated racial inequities and situates that analysis within the context of organizational leadership. The program is an 8 month program.

Registration for the October 2019 program will open Summer 2019.

In addition to the REAL Inclusion program, Leadership Montgomery will also continue to offer Racial Equity Workshops during the Fiscal Year. This workshops are two-day trainings. Registration for these workshops can be found here.

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation is a funding partner of the REAL Inclusion Program.

For information regarding the REAL Inclusion program, contact Dana Pauley at Dana.Pauley@leadermont.org.

Creating Community HUBs – Thriving Germantown

On May 6, 2019, Montgomery County Media came to Captain James E. Daly Elementary school during a community meeting to highlight the work of Thriving Germantown, a community HUB that provides an integrated response to the increasing economic and social disparities found in Germantown, MD.

View the entire piece here.

Community partners help to pack children snack bags for students at Capt. James E. Daly Elementary school in Germantown, MD with Women Who Care Ministries.

Nonprofit Montgomery Funder Dialogue

Earlier this month, Nonprofit Montgomery, in partnership with the City of Gaithersburg, hosted the ‘Funders Dialogue on Equity.’ The Roundtable included panelists from The Meyer Foundation, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Greater Washington Community Foundation-Montgomery County, and the Healthcare Initiative Foundation.

Left to Right: Julian Haynes, Crystal Townsend, Suzan Jenkins, Elijah Wheeler, and Anna Hargrave. Photo Credit Nonprofit Montgomery.

The Roundtable provided an opportunity for local nonprofits to understand how racial equity is informing the work with local Foundation. For additional information and to follow-up on this Roundtable, visit Nonprofit Montgomery here.

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.

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