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.

Maryland Releases Recommendations for Nonprofits

On May 13th, Governor Hogan released his updated Roadmap to Recovery Plan and the initiation of Phase I and the release of the Stay at Home order.

As a part of Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery, Governor Hogan launched a Nonprofit Advisory group through the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives to get valuable ongoing input during the recovery from religious groups and nonprofit organizations. HIF’s President and CEO, Crystal Townsend, was honored to be a part of this Advisory Workgroup.

To view the recommendations put forward by the Nonprofit Advisory Workgroup click here. This document does not have any authority and these are suggested recommendations, a synthesis of the work group’s discussions, for the Governor’s consideration. Every jurisdiction may add additional restrictions or guidelines recognizing the different conditions in areas throughout the state and that a one-size-fits-all approach may not be appropriate.

Food Access Grant Awards Announced

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Montgomery County Food Access Grants Awarded to 38 Community Organizations

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

       Montgomery County awarded 38 food assistance grants to community groups providing food assistance to vulnerable residents and families in the county.  A total of $1.2 million was appropriated to increase food access during the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-profit organizations were eligible for up to $75,000.  A portion of the funds will be used for partnerships with ethnic grocery stores to increase the availability of culturally appropriate food assistance, as well as deliver hot meals to residents and purchasing food from local kosher markets to distribute to seniors.

       “The need for food assistance has grown dramatically because of this pandemic, and I am appreciative of the work with many of our community partners to get food to our residents as best as possible,” said County Executive Marc Elrich.  “We will continue our work together to address the needs of our residents during this difficult time.” 

       “The economic hardships experienced by countless Montgomery County residents as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic have created ever-increasing and sustained demands on food banks, nonprofit providers and community service partners providing food assistance,” said Council President Sidney Katz. “We are deeply grateful for our community partners and their ongoing efforts to combat food insecurity during this extremely challenging time. The Council is committed to providing the resources necessary to assist in these essential efforts across our community.”

       The organizations receiving grants, ranging from nearly $7,000 to $60,000, are:

  • Adventist Community Services
  • AHC, Inc.
  • American Diversity Group
  • American Muslim Senior Society
  • Bethel World
  • CASA
  • Catholic Charities
  • Chinese Cultural and Community Center
  • Direct Support for Immigrants
  • Gaithersburg HELP
  • Germantown Black Rock Hub
  • Goshen United Methodist Church
  • Help for Life Foundation
  • Hindu American Community Services
  • Hughes United Methodist Church
  • Humanity First USA
  • Indonesian American Association
  • International Cultural Athletic Association
  • Islamic Center of Maryland
  • Islamic Community Center of Potomac
  • Jewish Council for the Aging
  • Kingdom Fellowship AME Church
  • Kings and Priests Courts International Ministries
  • Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington
  • Latin American Youth Center
  • Manna Food Center
  • Nourish Now
  • Rainbow CDC
  • Salvation Army
  • Shepherd’s Table
  • Silver Spring Christian Reformed Church
  • So What Else
  • The Living Legends Awards for Service to Humanity
  • Up2Us Foundation
  • Vietnamese Americans Services
  • Washington Youth Foundation
  • Women Who Care Ministries
  • YMCA Youth & Family Services

       The COVID-19 Emergency Food Access Grant is a partnership between the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Montgomery County Food Council (MCFC) and the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF). The County’s Food Security Task Force, recently formed by the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS), reviewed and determined all grant awards. The HIF is the fiscal agent for the program and will award the money.

       DHHS, along with Montgomery County Public Schools, the MCFC and local food assistance providers have been working during the COVID-19 pandemic to address the increasing need for food assistance across the county. To address food insecurity and plan for a greater need, OEMHS created the Food Security Task Force, made up of county staff, community partners and food assistance recipients. A strategic plan to address food insecurity and priorities for future food assistance spending is being developed.

       For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the County’s COVID-19 website and follow Montgomery County on Facebook @MontgomeryCountyInfo and Twitter @MontgomeryCoMD.

       Put the “count” in Montgomery County! Be sure to complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail. It’s safe, confidential, easy, and important. #2020Census #EveryoneCountsMCMD

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Media Contact:  Mary Anderson, mary.anderson@montgomerycountymd.gov

COVID-19 Resource Websites

In times like this when we are faced with so much uncertainty, it is important to have access to quality information and resources. We wanted to share with you government resources that have pages dedicated to providing up to date information related to COVID-19 cases, closures, and precautions.

The State of Maryland : coronavirus.maryland.gov/

Montgomery County, Maryland: montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/RightNav/Coronavirus.html

Montgomery County Constituent Resources (Councilmember Craig Rice):

www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/Resources/Files/PDF/COVID-resources.pdf

Montgomery County Public Schools: www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/coronavirus/

Nonprofit Montgomery: www.nonprofitmoco.org/covid19/

Maryland Health Connection (extended enrollment from March 16 2020 to April 15 2020): www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/coronavirus-sep/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

National Institutes of Health (NIH): www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus

Power based Violence Resources: hifmc.org/gender-based-violence-resources/

Food Resource Listings

Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services has created a web page dedicated to County Food Resources. Links include MCPS Meal Distribution sites, an interactive food resource map prepared by the Montgomery County Food Council. food access resources for Seniors, and more.

To view the link the County’s website, click here.

Interactive Food Resource Map

Interactive food map that can search food resources by organization name or by proximity to a given address. Map courtesy of Montgomery County Food Council. Direct link by clicking on the map.

Gender Based Violence Resources

COVID-19 Gender Based Violence Resources

This resource list is a starting point for foundations interested in expanding their learning around those most impacted by COVID. There are many local and national resources available, as well as culturally specific information and responses. This list was compiled by the Weissberg Foundation.

General Resources

Safety Planning

Digital Safety and Security

  • National Network to End Domestic Violence best practices for mobile advocacy
  • National Network to End Domestic Violence using technology to communicate with survivors during a public health crisis

Culturally Responsive and Specific Resources

Cross-Cutting

  • COVID-19 fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC folks
  • National Resource Center on Reaching Victims COVID-19 webinars and listening sessions
  • COVID-19 resource kit, which includes a compilation of resources from disabled, queer, elderly, Asian, and indigenous people and US-based mutual aid projects

Aging, Disability, and Deaf Communities

Immigrants and Undocumented Folks

Indigenous Persons

LGBTQ Community

  • National Center for Trans Equity COVID-19 guide to what trans people need to know

Philanthropy

Location-Specific Resources

District of Columbia

Maryland

Virginia

This list developed by:

BlackRock Leads Upcounty Distribution Site

 


Dear Community Partner,  

Thank you for participating in the discussion about the creation of an UpCounty Distribution Hub for Community Needs at BlackRock Center for the Arts (BlackRock). We are grateful for everyone’s work toward meeting the needs of so many people in upper Montgomery County who are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can create greater access to essential items for individuals, children, families and seniors whose needs are not fully met by the current system in the UpCounty region.  

BlackRock will serve as the distribution hub for donated essential goods such as packaged food, diapers (infant and adult), health care kits, toilet paper, and paper towels. We already received the first donation of food from Nourish Now and The David and Mikel Blair Foundation which will be delivered to families this week. This week only, we are also looking for donations of Easter candy (individually wrapped, nut free) to fill donated baskets that will be given to 300 local children for Saturday’s distribution.  

In order to achieve our vision of serving upper Montgomery County as an essential distribution hub, we are recruiting additional partners to join us, The David and Mikel Blair Family Foundation, Healthcare Initiative Foundation, Latino Health Initiative, and Nourish Now to:

-Consolidate and repackage donated goods for community distribution pick-up in BlackRock’s parking lot:
-Large deliveries to communities such as Clopper Mill Elementary School and
Waters Landing
-Home delivery distributions to vulnerable and/or homebound populations  

Trucks or vans provided by community partners will be used for large deliveries.

Volunteers’ vehicles and ride share services (Lyft, Uber) will be used for smaller deliveries.   BlackRock is centrally located in Germantown Town Center and next to the public library. We have a large parking lot behind our building and there is free on street parking in front of our building. We also have several exterior entrances into spaces that will be used to consolidate, repackage and pick-up donations. The distribution center and scheduling will be managed by BlackRock’s Operations Director who will ensure safe social distancing practices are always in place, as well as oversee the county’s cleaning services, and all other onsite services, as required. Donated items can be dropped off at the BlackRock from Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

We know that many of you offer specific services, such as specializing in case management, volunteer meal delivery, food recovery and distribution, snack packs, and distribution of large donations. If you are able to participate in our partnership, please complete this form. Please indicate on the form any type of tracking you may need, so that we can ensure you have the data that you need for reporting purposes.  

We are in this together and through collaborative partnership, we can meet the needs of the upper Montgomery County community. If you are not able to participate at this time or if you have any questions, please let me know.   Stay healthy and safe,  

Lynn Andreas Arndt
Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive Germantown, MD 20874
                                 

Business Leaders Fighting Hunger Address COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 27, 2020

Contact

Shondra Jenkins, 240-654-7043, shondrabj@gmail.com

BUSINESS LEADERS FIGHTING HUNGER SUPPORTS EMERGENCY NEEDS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Grants will support Manna, Identity, Universities at Shady Grove, and Five Additional Nonprofits. Coalitions requests matching dollars from local businesses to feed more people.

Montgomery County, MD – Business Leaders Fighting Hunger, Montgomery County’s private sector coalition committed to ending hunger for the 60,000 food insecure people in the county, today announced emergency support to eight organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants total $50,000, but will likely yield far more dollars due to the dollar-to-dollar match that was requested by Business Leaders.

The primary recipients, including Manna Food Center, Identity, and the Universities at Shady Grove, serve diverse populations across the county. Each assist low-income families and underserved youth under normal circumstances, but report that COVID-19 has created an unforeseen urgency that needs to be addressed.

Additional support is also being provided to five other organizations whose mission is to fight poverty in Montgomery County, MD. They are: Gaithersburg HELP, Meals on Wheels, Nourish Now, Rainbow Community Development Center, and Shepherd’s Table.

“Our low-income neighbors are facing an unprecedented double whammy,” said Andy Burness, co-founder of Business Leaders Fighting Hunger and president of Burness, a public interest communications firm that operates out of Bethesda. “Too many struggle on a daily basis in the best of times. Now, COVID-19 is putting people out of work, with no obvious prospect for better days any time soon. These people need to eat, and we wanted to act now.”

“Business Leaders’ support is a start,” Burness said. “It will make a difference for hundreds of families and children in the county. But, we need corporate leaders to join us, donating to these organizations or to any others that are on the front lines serving people who are really suffering now.”

Business Leaders Fighting Hunger is a group of Montgomery County businesses committed to reducing the number of food insecure residents in the county by making strategic investments in programs that tackle the root causes of hunger. The coalition was co-founded by Sodexo and Burness. Supporting businesses include Atlantic Electric Supply Corp,  Bass Accounting & Tax Services, Belikove and Graves, Bendler & Company, Bethesda Magazine, Clark Construction, David R. and Deborah S. Lambert Charitable Trust, Golden & Cohen, and SmithPilot.

The coalition intends to engage many more businesses. Interested companies or individuals should contact Shondra Jenkins, co-founder and former director of Sodexo’s foundation here in Montgomery County. Her email is shondrabj@gmail.com, and she can be reached by phone at 240-654-7043. To view a PDF of the press release, click here.

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Community Foundation RFP

The Greater Washington Community Foundation has opened an RPF for their COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. To view the RFP or to learn more, click here.

” The Community Foundation, in collaboration with regional partners, has established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to support emergency preparedness and response efforts that will help mitigate the impact on disproportionately affected communities in our region. Through this fund, we are focused on addressing lost wages, relief for small business and gig economy workers, expanding access to medical services, and meeting the unique needs of people experiencing homelessness, among other needs.”

MCPS Emergency Meal Service Locations – UPDATED

Montgomery County Public Schools has designated 40 locations throughout the County as Emergency Meal Service locations during this extended closure. This service is available Monday – Friday for children up to 18 years old from 11am to 1pm at the designated locations. To view the most up to date information and sites, visit the MCPS COVID Resource page.

On March 23rd, additional schools, mobile locations, and business distribution sites were added. Additionally, Manna Food Center will be providing weekend backpack food sacks distributed throughout the county on Fridays. Click here to view the updated list.

MCPS has a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 updates and information. Click here.