HIF Awards Brooks Saltsman Award

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation Awards Vietnamese American Services the 2020 Brooks Saltsman Award for their commitment to volunteerism in the health field

Montgomery County, MD – July 8, 2020 – The Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) is honored to announce Vietnamese American Services (VAS) as the 2020 recipient of the Brooks Saltsman Award for their innovative utilization of volunteers to increase access to health and wellness resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Brooks Johnstone Saltsman was a former Healthcare Initiative Foundation Trustee who dedicated her life to volunteerism and this award was created to honor her legacy.  In 1999, Saltsman was elected as a Board of Trustee for the Healthcare Initiative Foundation.  During her tenure as a Trustee, the Foundation had the privilege of benefiting from Saltsman’s tremendous talent and love of service for Montgomery County residents. With this award, VAS will receive $5,000 to support their ongoing response to COVID-19.

VAS is a Montgomery County nonprofit that exemplifies Saltsman’s dedication to community and volunteerism. Established in 2015 and based in Silver Spring, VAS is focused on the social, physical, and economic well-being of Vietnamese-Americans.  VAS’s diverse programming reaches deep into the community through events, such as their annual Maryland Mid-Autumn Festival, English language and economic classes, and their Adult Medical Care Center which opened in 2020. Providing on-site comprehensive medical care, connection to insurance resources, and culturally equitable services, meals, and activities, the Adult Medical Care Center is the first of its kind center in the region to offer this level of care to the Vietnamese-American community. 

When COVID-19 struck in March 2020, VAS responded immediately by launching their Sewing Mask Project utilizing members of their community who had been laid off during the pandemic.  Within two months, those volunteers had made 15,000 masks for local hospitals and clinics, essential front-line staff, employees at senior care facilities, group-homes, and local shelters.  Selflessly, these volunteers sprang into action and addressed an immediate and critical need. One of the Sewing Mask Project’s volunteer seamstress said, “During the quarantine, sewing masks for VAS kept my family busy and allowed us to stay strong together and work together. I called my friends and relatives to donate fabrics, my husband fixed the sewing machine, I sewed, and my kids helped to iron the masks. We were worried about the pandemic but I believe that we can fight back together.”  VAS will use this $5,000 award to continue this COVID-19 response project and to celebrate their volunteers.  If you would like to learn more about Vietnamese American Services, their Adult Medical Care Center, or to assist with the Sewing Mask Project, visit their website at www.vasusa.org.

HIF supports organizations, within our geographic and focus area, that 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 for Montgomery County residents. To learn more, please visit our website at www.hifmc.org and like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/hifmc.

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If you would like more information about this topic or the Healthcare Initiative Foundation’s grant priorities, please contact Jess Fuchs at Jess.Fuchs@hifmc.org or 240-499-2827.

HIF’s FY20 Small Grants Announced

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation Awards $60,000 to impact #7500 Montgomery County residents as they access physical healthcare, mental health services, and social service programs.

Montgomery County, MD – June 26, 2020 – In June 2020, the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) invested $60,000 in #9 Montgomery County nonprofit organizations that will help to offer solutions to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare in the county. HIF’s grants support behavioral health access across the lifespan; access to quality and comprehensive health and wellness services; sustainable integrated business models for safety-net services; sustainable service delivery systems and safety-net services; and the growth of a highly skilled and culturally competent healthcare workforce. HIF is excited to be able to be able to partner with such spectacular organizations representing the very best of Montgomery County’s nonprofit community. 

These nine nonprofits represent a wide variety of health and wellness services that have been uniquely adapted to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the movement for race equity and social justice. To this end, approximately, 46% of the investments are supporting behavioral health for adults and children as we all work to respond to the overwhelming trauma that has impacted our community.

Lynn Arndt, Executive Director of BlackRock Center for the Arts, one of the small grant recipients shares, “Every week, the Upcounty Consolidation HUB at BlackRock provides food, diapers, hygiene kits, and essential items to hundreds of the most vulnerable families in Upper Montgomery County. HIF understands the needs of these families who have been disproportionately impacted by the virus and the power of collaboration.  HIF’s early support of the HUB through this grant was essential to the creation of the HUB.  We are is just one example of how the foundation makes our community better every day.”   

Behavioral Health Across the Lifespan: $27,500 investment to impact #151 individuals

  • Boys Town Washington, D.C. – $15,000 Provide a Child Psychologist to begin comprehensive psychological evaluations and assessments of #50 children with increased telehealth capabilities.  
  • Identity – $10,000 Provide accessible group therapy sessions to #36 parent, family, and/or caregivers at three Upcounty Montgomery County schools to increase life-skills management of anxiety, isolation, and self-care practice.
  • NAMI Montgomery County – $2,500 Provide #65 Montgomery County residents affected by mental health conditions with free peer-led support through Connection Recovery Support groups and Peer-to-Peer class as a response to the increased mental health needs initiated by COVID-19. 

Access to Quality and Comprehensive Health and Wellness Services: $22,500 investment to impact #3,862 individuals

  • Germantown HELP – $5,000 Provide necessary food items and delivery to #3200 emergency food clients whose needs have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Spirit Club Foundation – $5,000 Host regular online fitness and yoga classes for #60 Montgomery County youth with disabilities who are unable to attend their usual classes due to COVID-19 through a partnership with KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now). 
  • Vikara Village – $10,000 Provide low-cost alternative to traditional mental health treatments through trauma-informed Body Love Yoga program that promotes a healthy sense of self #600 to middle and high school youth.
  • Shared Horizons, Inc. – $2,500 Provide financial support for #2 Montgomery County families who have a need for a specific medical device, equipment, or therapeutic support that is not otherwise covered by other programs, such as Medicaid. 

Sustainable Integrated Business Models for Safety-net Services: $5,000 investment to impact #3,500 individuals

  • BlackRock Center for the Arts: $5,000 Provide operational support for the coordination of the Upcounty Consolidation Hub to serve #3500 individuals and their households by providing food and fresh produce, household items, COVID-19 quarantine kits, diapers, and more.   

Culturally Competent Healthcare Workforce: $5,000 investment to impacted #36 individuals

  • Urban Alliance – $5,000 Serve #36 Montgomery County Public School seniors through the High School Internship Program (HSIP).  The program includes a 6-week workforce readiness bootcamp, mentorship, a Public Speaking Challenge, and long-term employment goal planning and will be available virtually to allow for accessibility.   

HIF supports organizations, within our geographic and focus area, thatimprove the quality and delivery of healthcare, expand the availability of comprehensive healthcare, build appropriate capacity in the healthcare network, and grow the healthcare workforce for Montgomery County residents. To learn more, please visit our website at www.hifmc.org and like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/hifmc.

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If you would like more information about this topic or the Healthcare Initiative Foundation’s grant priorities, please contact Jess Fuchs at Jess.Fuchs@hifmc.org or 240-499-2827.

Health Equity Report Released

Metropolitan Council of Governments on June 10th released their Health Equity: How Opportunities for Health are Shaped by Race and Ethnicity report. This report is a follow-up to the 2018 Uneven Opportunities: How Conditions for Wellness Vary Across the Metropolitan Region. The Healthcare Initiative Foundation is a proud investor of both the ‘Health Equity’ and the ‘Uneven Opportunities’ reports.

Metropolitan Council of Governments shares, “Health Equity: How Opportunities for Health are Shaped by Race and Ethnicity, is a tool to normalize the conversation on why equity matters and the importance of addressing the conditions that restrict opportunities for good health and economic mobility.”

HIF’s website also includes an interactive toggle map of Montgomery County’s life expectancy and its relationship to median income, level of education, and insurance. To view the PDFs of the Healthy Equity and the Uneven Opportunities reports, click here.

Funding support for the 2020 ‘Health Equity’ report include Healthcare Initiative Foundation, Potomac Health Foundation, Northern Virginia Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and CareFirst Bluecross BlueShield.

HIF Announces FY20 Capacity Building Grants

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation Awards $740,550 in the FY20 Capacity Building Grant Cycle to #24 Nonprofit Organizations. Projected to Impact Nearly 70,000 individuals.

Montgomery County, MD – May 15, 2020 – The Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) awarded $740,550 in FY20 Capacity Building grants to support 24 organizations in Montgomery County, MD working to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and sustainable healthcare.  HIF’s grant priorities include: 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 (placed-based initiatives and collective impact models); and the growth of a highly skilled and culturally competent healthcare workforce. These grants are projected to impact more than 70,000 Montgomery County residents.

In 2019, the Foundation made a commitment to more responsibly invest in communities that have historically been underinvested in by stakeholders. In FY20, sixty percent of the total HIF award, or $443,767, is going towards programming aimed at Montgomery County’s historically underinvested in zip codes.  Fifty-four percent of our FY20 Capacity Building investment is going towards supporting sustainable service delivery systems and safety-net services across the lifespan.

Support Behavioral Health for Adults and Children: Total funding award in this priority area is $163,500 with #720 individuals to be served.

  • EveryMind – $63,000 Provides a full-time therapist to offer onsite behavioral health therapy at Daly Elementary School to serve #50 youth and their guardians. The therapist will provide day and evening hours at Daly ES and will accept referrals from Holy Cross Health Center. In addition to the therapy sessions, the program will serve #25-50 family members and at least #10 youth through psychoeducational groups.
  • Ayuda – $19,000 Provides wrap-around support services and trauma informed behavioral health services for the immigrant community who have experienced domestic violence and human trafficking.  The program will serve #35 and will include referrals to local partners for essential services like food and clothing.
  • Greater Washington Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) – $11,500 Builds capacity for their 3-pronged approach to education and advocacy around power-based violence. Their youth educational and prevention programming will serve #500.
  • Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc. (MC) – $50,000 Offers behavioral health services for pregnant mothers in coordination with existing prenatal services at the clinic. The program will conduct care coordination for #70 clients and also provide behavioral health interventions for #30 of these clients.  #20 staff members will receive training on maternal mental health.
  • Warrior Canine Connection – $20,000 Provides Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) to Veterans in partnership with the Cohens Veterans Clinic in Silver Spring, MD.  This innovative program uses a professional instructor to train the program participants, who are Veterans, in service dog training modalities using the animals (dogs) who will be a service animal for another Veteran. The program will serve #65 residents, #45 veterans and #20 family members, in an effort to decrease Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms.

Support Sustainable Service Delivery Systems and Safety-net Services Across the Lifespan: Total funding award in this priority area is $401,000 with #7,184 being served.

  • American Diversity Group – $32,000 Provides dental screenings, basic treatments, and necessary referrals to #180 students and parents at Daly, Gaithersburg, & Clopper Mill Elementary Schools.  Additionally, the program will provide dental screenings and procedures to #250 at 2 dental and 4 health fairs in Montgomery County.
  • CaringMatters – $25,000 Provides resource coordination for #144 patients receiving care at the Adventist Healthcare Aquilino Cancer Center. #115 of participants will receive access to non-medical community resources through a Resource Specialist. The Coordinator will be the point person for referrals to Hope Connections for the onsite support groups for newly diagnosed patients and to Volunteer Helping Hands for in-home support of those who are seriously ill.
  • Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind – $50,000 Provides eye exams to #770 people (#720 adults at #7 safety-net clinics and #50 youth in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), who are low income or uninsured, for diabetic retinopathy in adults and eye education to all. #50 youth from Daly and Clopper Mill Elementary Schools will receive an on-site eye exam. #40 students will receive 2 sets of eye-glasses. This support enables clinics to meet HEDIS standards for patients with diabetes and state law requirements for 5% of students failing vision screenings to receive a follow-up exam. This school vision expansion pilot is in partnership with Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Children’s Opportunity Fund (COF), MCPS, and HIF. 
  • Crittenton Services of Greater Washington – $20,000 Expands the SNEAKERS program to Seneca Valley and Clarksburg High Schools to serve #30. Their programs are 26 weeks of health, sex, and relationship education.
  • Family Services, Inc. (FSI) – $50,000 Coordinates access to care and resources to reduce risk and disparities to #332 persons, of which #270 are clients (#150 new, #120 existing). New and existing clients will receive ongoing care and assessment as a part of the Thriving Germantown collaboration. Trauma-informed training will be provided to #150 MCPS staff and faculty in Germantown area schools. FSI also convenes the #20 community partners of the collective impact work to evaluate the effect of the multigenerational, cross-sectoral work.
  • Maryland Foundation of Dentistry (MFD)- $10,000 Provides navigation and connects individuals with disabilities with necessary dental hygiene and intensive treatments to #100 Montgomery County residents.  Working with over 500 local pro bono dentist MFD is able to offer these dental services free of charge. #90 patients will be brought up to ‘good standard of dental care.’
  • Mobile Medical Care – $34,000 Partners with the 340B Drug Pricing Program to provide 1,000 prescriptions to #400 patients. Through this effort #300 patients with diabetes will have greater access to a more expansive selection of insulin prescriptions at more affordable rates tailored to the patient’s needs. Along with improving quality of care, this is an innovative business strategy. The program will become financially sustainable, offset financial barriers to patients, as well as, earn revenue for the clinic. 
  • Nourish Now – $20,000 Expands existing Nourish Neighborhood program to #10 sites in Montgomery County to serve #160 households and #500 individuals. The food recovery program delivers 3 days of healthy meals once a month to households with a focus on improving food insecurity and promoting the ‘Family Meal.’   
  • Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington – $40,000 Provides comprehensive on-site eye exams to #400 Montgomery County students in 8 participating schools that have failed the school vision screen. #360 of students who complete the exam will receive 2 pairs of glasses at no cost to the family. This expansion pilot is in partnership with Montgomery County HHS, Children’s Opportunity Fund, MCPS, and HIF. 
  • The American Heart Association – $50,000 Implements programming at 3 Montgomery County safety-net clinics (4 sites) for #3,764 patients to improve outcomes related to blood pressure using a bilingual nurse navigator. The nurse navigator will offer education classes to develop standards of practice for quality assurance at the clinics. These protocols will be institutionalized after the first year for the model to be expanded to all Montgomery County safety-net clinics.
  • The Tree House Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County, Inc – $50,000 Supports #200 child abuse victims by providing direct medical care through their Board-certified Child Abuse Pediatrician. The program also supports the training of #7 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) nurses at Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Hospital to standardize exam and screening practices to improve health and behavioral health outcomes and assist with possible criminal investigations.
  • Vietnamese American Services, Inc – $20,000 #500 seniors will receive support through the Vietnamese Adult Medical Day Center.  Services at the Center include medical care provided by a Registered Nurse on staff, appointment scheduling, transportation assistance, and culturally appropriate meals and activities.  #400 seniors will be enrolled in health insurance while #150 will receive support in accessing health care services and #15 will be referred to Mobile Medical Care for specialized health care services.

Promote Sustainable Integrated Business Models for Safety-net Services Across the Lifespan: Total funding awarded in this priority area is $77,050 with #150 being served.

  • Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) – $45,000 Continues the operation of the Partners in Care model with their #7 community partners at Homecrest House while expanding the programming and services to a new location in Silver Spring at Springvale Terrace. Providing #100 residents with care coordination with the goal of enabling residents to remain in their homes.
  • Manna Food Center – $32,050 Provides healthy food access to #150 Montgomery County seniors by offering no-cost Lyft rides to Manna’s new food market location in Silver Spring. The program also increases access to SNAP benefits to #36 seniors by providing assistance with the application process and a partnership with the Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) to offer navigation services. 

Promote the development of a culturally competent healthcare workforce: Total funding awarded in this priority area is $50,000 with #26 being served.

  • Leadership Montgomery – $50,000 Offers the opportunity for #20 Montgomery County nonprofit health and wellness professionals to go through Phase 1 of the two-day/16-hour Racial Equity Institute (REI) workshop. Additionally, #6 professionals from 2 Montgomery County nonprofit organizations will have the opportunity to complete the 8-month Racial Equity Action Leadership (REAL) training. 

Support Sustainable Service Delivery Systems and Safety-net Services Across the Lifespan: Total funding awarded for this priority area is $49,000 with #61,340 being served.

  • Institute for Public Health Innovation – $28,000 Continues the development of #35 new Local School Wellness Councils in MCPS for #60,000 students in a total of #135 schools by March 2021 with the goal of implementation in all #207 schools. The project will also offer trauma-informed training for #100 MCPS staff (Administrative and School Wellness Coordinators) to infuse these learnings into their school wellness plans. This support provides match funding to secure the Trinity Health Community Transformation multi-year grant.
  • Montgomery County Food Council – $13,000 Supports the ongoing work of the Food Security Council Advisory Board (FSCAB) which provides outreach, resources, and training to residents experiencing food insecurity to become resource navigators and leaders in their communities as well as develop a report with recommendations and action items to reach #500 community members. Through community action advocacy events a total of #1170 residents to be engaged in solutions for food insecurity.
  • Nonprofit Montgomery – $5,000 Montgomery Moving Forward expands their relationship with Holy Cross Health and Shady Grove Hospital and 3 nonprofit healthcare or human service organizations in East County to reach #200 parents.  The program will educate these healthcare partner providers about the Early Childcare Education (ECE) toolkit and will encourage them to disseminate the ECE Employer toolkit to parents and caregivers.
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments – $3,000 Supports the development of a ‘Racial Equity’ report by the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health that expands on the ‘Uneven Opportunities’ report. The data will focus on how race impacts health and life expectancy in our region.  HIF funds will support this work for Montgomery County.  The ten regional Public Health leaders from will come together for a Racial Equity Leadership Series to operationalize this equity work in their communities. 

HIF supports organizations, within our geographic and focus area, thatimprove the quality and delivery of healthcare, expand the availability of comprehensive healthcare, build appropriate capacity in the healthcare network, and grow the healthcare workforce for Montgomery County residents. To learn more, please visit our website at www.hifmc.org and like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/hifmc.

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If you would like more information about this topic or the Healthcare Initiative Foundation’s grant priorities, please contact Jess Fuchs at Jess.Fuchs@hifmc.org or 240-499-2827.

HIF Announces FY19 Small Grant Recipients

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation Awards $75,000 in the FY19 Small Grant Cycle to 17 Nonprofit Organizations, Projected to Impact 4,014 Individuals

Montgomery County, MD – June 27, 2019 – The Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) is honored to be partnering with 17 local nonprofits through our FY19 Small Grant cycle.  These nonprofits exemplify the strategic priorities of our mission through their community-based programming.  Seventeen nonprofits received $75,000 worth of program support with a potential impact of serving 4,014 unduplicated individuals in Montgomery County (MC).  The variety of programs receiving support represent behavioral health services to children and families, healthy food access, integrated health services, trauma-informed training to Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) educators, administrators, and support staff, mental health services to our Veterans, and training and supports to increase workplace cultural competencies in the healthcare field.

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.

Behavioral Health Across the Lifespan: $37,500 Granted; An Estimated 706 Individuals to be Impacted

  • Ayuda – $5,000 –Provides increased access to behavioral health services for 24 immigrant victims of crime (domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking) residing in MC. Therapists will utilize Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
  • Boys Town Washington, DC – $7,500 – Establishes a Behavioral Health Clinic partnership in MC to serve 120 youth through an Integrated Care Model with a Pediatrician and Psychologist. 
  • Caring Matters – $5,000 –Provides social supports and community education so that no one dies or grieves alone. Program will serve 57 Up County individuals that includes education and training to professionals to increase program referrals and expanding service delivery of their Good Grief Club and Adult Peer Support Groups. 2019 Brooks Saltsman Award recipient.
  • Family Services, Inc – $5,000 –Offers 6-week parent trauma training series at Gaithersburg Elementary School on: what is trauma; its effect on children and families; adverse childhood experiences; trauma and the developing brain; strategies for managing stress; self-care and resiliency; positive discipline; and identifying when professional help is needed and how to obtain it. 20 parents and 70 individuals will be impacted by the training.
  • People Animals Love (PAL) – $5,000 – Uses human-animal bond to brighten lives, ease pain, and enrich the world of at-risk children.  Program plans to increase human-animal volunteer teams to 100 so they can provide therapeutic support at local events and participate in group therapy sessions with partners to 300 individuals.
  • Vikara Village – $5,000 –Expands ‘Body Love Yoga’ program to 60 MC middle school girls. The program intents to build a healthy sense of self, community, and belonging through yoga and art among these young women.
  • Warrior Canine Connection – $5,000 –Offers Mission Based Trauma Recovery to 75 MC Veterans at their Boyds location.  Program expands hospital-based behavioral health services to a community setting with intent to reduce pain and stress and improve overall mood. 

Access to Quality and Comprehensive Health and Wellness Services: $24,000 Granted; An Estimated 2,647 Individuals to be Impacted

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington – Germantown Branch- $5,000 –Provides direct program, Triple Play, to 100 youth to help combat lack of access to health programs. Triple Play strives to improve the overall health of members, ages 6-18, by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition, and helping them develop healthy relationships.
  • Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind – $12,000 — Conducts follow-up eye exams for 95 students at Gaithersburg Elementary School over 5 screening dates. Program will offer eye exams utilizing the fully equipped Mobile Eye Care Van and licensed Optometrist.  At the conclusion of each exam, students in need of glasses will receive them.
  • Shared Horizons – $2,000 –Manages Pooled Special Needs Trusts (PSNT) for people with disabilities. 2 MC residents, through the Charitable Fund, will receive needed medical or dental care up to $1,000. 
  • Women Who Care Ministries – $5,000 –Offers nutritious weekend meals to low-income MCPS students at Up County elementary and middle schools. Program will impact 2,450 students with a goal to increase 30 more Germantown students served per month. 

Sustainable Business Models and Integrated Service Delivery to Stimulate Systemic Transformation in the Health and Wellness Sector: $4,750 Granted; An Estimated 565 Individuals to be Impacted

  • Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research (CHEER) – $2,500 –Conducts healthy food deliveries to low-income individuals based in Southeast MC.  Program will increase food access to 170 individuals. 
  • Gaithersburg HELP – $1,000 –Offers prescription assistance program to assist a minimum of 20 unduplicated low-income adults and children in the Gaithersburg/Montgomery Village area who are uninsured or under-insured to obtain the prescriptions their doctors have prescribed for them and are required to maintain their health.
  • Germantown HELP – $1,250 –Provides emergency assistance for food delivery to Germantown residents.  375 residents will receive perishable and non-perishable food through this program.    

Grow a Highly Skilled, Culturally Competent Healthcare Workforce: $8,750 Granted; An Estimated 96 Individuals to be Served

  • Generation Hope – $2,500 –Surrounds motivated teen parents and their children with the mentors, emotional support, and financial resources that they need to thrive in college and kindergarten. 19 participants will receive supplies for career-readiness trainings, career advising, and two field trips to MC-based healthcare focused employers.
  • Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy – $5,000 –Offers workplace-based English literacy classes to newly arrived immigrants that will serve high-growth industries such as health care, childcare, and/or the service industry at their job sites so they can improve their English to better serve clients, increase productivity, reduce workplace accidents, and access healthcare services that are available through their employers’ health plans. Program anticipates engaging 75 adult learners.
  • Universidad Ana G. Mendez – Capital Area Campus – $1,250—Develops Hispanic nursing students’ BSN-acquired skills through mentored clinical externships.  Two students participating in Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center externship will receive stipend for transportation, uniforms, and necessary supplies.

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.

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If you would like more information about this topic or the Healthcare Initiative Foundation’s grant priorities, please contact Jess Fuchs at Jess.Fuchs@hifmc.org or 240-499-2827.

CaringMatters Awarded 2019 Brooks Saltsman Award

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation Awards CaringMatters the 2019 Brooks Saltsman Award for their commitment to volunteerism in the health field

Montgomery County, MD – June 26, 2019 – The Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) is honored to announce CaringMatters, formerly Hospice Caring, as the 2019 recipient of the Brooks Saltsman Award for their commitment to volunteerism in the health and wellness field.  With this honor, CaringMatters is awarded $5,000 in her honor.  Brooks Johnstone Saltsman was a former Healthcare Initiative Foundation Trustee who dedicated her life to volunteerism and this award was created to honor her legacy.  “We’re honored to receive this special award in recognition of our dedicated team of CaringMatters volunteers. We applaud the Healthcare Initiative Foundation for their support of our community-based end-of-life and bereavement services,” CaringMatters Executive Director, Allison Stearns.

In 1999, Saltsman was elected as a Board of Trustee for the Healthcare Initiative Foundation.  During her tenure as a HIF Trustee, the Foundation had the privilege of benefiting from Saltsman’s tremendous talent and love of service for Montgomery County residents. CaringMatters is a Montgomery County nonprofit that exemplifies Saltsman’s dedication to her community and volunteerism.  

Founded in Montgomery County in 1989, CaringMatters provides free-of-charge social supports and education to our community with the value that no one should have to die or grieve alone. Volunteer Helping Hands is CaringMatters’ Hospice Support program, where trained volunteers provide companionship and practical support for patients with serious, life-limiting illnesses.  Peer bereavement groups, led by trained volunteers, offer a safe and confidential place to cope with loss and grief.  CaringMatter’s Children Bereavement Services allow children to explore their feelings while developing healthy coping strategies. Camp Erin, Good Grief Clubs, and Family Nights are all volunteer-based programs geared towards helping children and their families grieve in a safe and compassionate environment. Successful implementation of CaringMatter’s programming would not be possible without the dedication of their team of volunteers.  In FY18, volunteers donated more than 18,000 hours of their time at a value of nearly $500,000. 

With the $5,000 award, CaringMatters plans to increase the knowledge of partners and service providers by providing education and training related to grief and bereavement to community professionals who work with families in the up-county regions of Montgomery County.  Through two trainings, community partners, including educators, will be able to provide more effective and efficient referrals to county programs and nonprofit services. Additionally, programs like their Good Grief Club and/or an Adult Peer Support Groups will be added in the up-county area for children, adults, and families.  With this grant award, more than 55 persons will be served through these trainings and programs.

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.

Healthcare Initiative Foundation Grant Helping to Launch Careers For Students at Montgomery College, Universities at Shady Grove

Grant Funds from Montgomery County-based Non-profit Provide Scholarship Support, Clinical Opportunities for Students in Nursing, Social Work, Public Health

(Rockville, MD) — Philanthropy for higher education scholarships goes beyond helping students complete a degree and enter the workforce. This was the case when the Montgomery County-based Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) awarded a five-year Strategic Sustainability grant to Montgomery College (MC) and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG).

While the goal was to build a diverse healthcare pipeline of professional who would enter the county’s workforce, HIF President and CEO Crystal Carr Townsend wanted to go beyond just awarding scholarships. Townsend also requested that MC and USG provide wrap-around services that enhance recipient’s success both in school and as they enter the workforce, through initiatives such as internships, a Bilingual Mentoring Writing Program, an interdisciplinary Mass Casualty Drill, and the opportunity to earn Qualified Bilingual Staff certification to help medical providers communicate with patients and families whose first language is not English.

Grant funding is helping more than 140 students launch careers in nursing, social work and other health care professions, by supporting them with scholarships and clinical training opportunities as these students pursue their degrees.

“Montgomery County is an extraordinarily diverse community and we need to ensure we have a healthcare delivery system that is reflective of that diversity and meets the needs of those we serve,” said Crystal Carr Townsend, President of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation.  “Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove are answering this call and we are delighted to support them with additional resources to help in educating and preparing the healthcare professionals that are in high demand in Montgomery County.”

Once selected as a HIF scholarship recipient, students continue to receive financial assistance each semester at MC and USG, with the goal that they earn both an associate’s and bachelor’s degree in either nursing, public health, mental health or social work, and then enter the Montgomery County healthcare workforce.

In fact, more than one student has returned to school and this scholarship program after dropping out. For example, Matilda Adu stopped attending Montgomery College after her work hours were reduced leaving her unable to pay rent and utilities. After an MC staff person reached out and learned of her situation, Adu received assistance both from the College and the HIF scholarship that enabled her to resume taking classes the following semester. Now, she is back on track to graduate with her associate’s degree and then transfer to USG to earn her bachelor’s degree in social work.

In just the first three years of the five-year grant, the joint initiative has yielded promising outcomes.

  • 142 MC and USG students have received HIF scholarships;
  • 33 scholarship recipients have graduated from Montgomery College with an associate’s degree;
  • 65 have graduated from the Universities at Shady Grove with a bachelor’s degree;
  • 71 percent of the MC/USG graduates are bilingual; and
  • 32 of these HIF scholars have entered the healthcare and behavioral care workforce, 19 of them working in Montgomery County.

“This program is yielding incredible results and helping to turn out the kinds of well-prepared healthcare professionals that are needed to serve our community,” said Dr. Stewart Edelstein, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the University System of Maryland and Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove. “We are grateful to the Healthcare Initiative Foundation for their support and for their commitment to student success.”

“Research shows that diversity among healthcare professionals leads to improved access and care for the underserved and, ultimately, better health outcomes,” said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, President of Montgomery College. “At Montgomery College, we are committed to training a workforce that will better serve our community in every way. It’s wonderful to see, alongside our partners from USG, the results of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation’s shared commitment to this mission.”

When this grant partnership concludes in 2021, the Healthcare Initiative Foundation grant program will have exceeded its original targets to enable approximately 120 students to earn associate’s and/or bachelor’s degrees, including at least 60 of whom will have entered Montgomery County’s healthcare workforce.

To view the press release, click here. To learn more about the HIF scholarship grant for Mental Health, Nursing, or Public Health fields of study at Montgomery College and Universities at Shady Grove, click here.

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.

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