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