Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Foun­da­tion re­ceives $15,000 health care grant

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WYE MILLS — Qual­ity Health Foun­da­tion, the mis­sion arm of Qual­ity Health Strate­gies, re­cently awarded grants to­tal­ing $400,000 to 15 or­ga­ni­za­tions in Mary­land and Wash­ing­ton, D.C., sup­port­ing lo­cal health car­ere­lated qual­ity im­prove­ment ef­forts.

Fund­ing de­ci­sions for the 2016-2017 grants — rang­ing from $15,000 to $40,000 — were de­ter­mined by a project’s po­ten­tial to af­fect ac­cess to qual­ity health care and hu­man ser­vices in the com­mu­nity. This year, QHF se­lected the awardees from 77 ap­pli­cants that pro­posed a wide range of projects tar­get­ing unin­sured and un­der­in­sured pa­tients as well as un­der­served and at-risk pop­u­la­tions.

“Our Board felt chal­lenged this year with our grant se­lec­tion,” said Dr. Molly Bur­goyne, chair­man of QHF Board of Direc­tors. “Many or­ga­ni­za­tions sub­mit­ted high­qual­ity pro­grams de­signed to im­prove the health of our most vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions. Ul­ti­mately, we chose a stel­lar group of pro­grams cov­er­ing a wide ge­o­graphic area with di­verse health con­cerns. We look for­ward to sup­port­ing these projects, learn­ing from them, and an­a­lyz­ing their progress.”

Dr. Cather­ine Smoot-Hasel­nus, QHS Board Chair, said, “We are de­lighted to fund these wor­thy or­ga­ni­za­tions. Their work is per­fectly aligned with our mis­sion to im­prove the health sta­tus of in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Foun­da­tion re­ceived a grant of $15,000 to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of a year-long Nav­i­gat­ing Your Health work­shop se­ries, which is tar­geted to­ward the ag­ing pop­u­la­tion in Queen Anne’s, Car­o­line, Dorch­ester, Kent and Tal­bot coun­ties. The work­shop se­ries will use the re­sources and tech­nol­ogy avail­able at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s new Health Pro­fes­sions and Ath­let­ics Cen­ter and ex­perts in the health care field to em­power the ag­ing pop­u­la­tion and their care­givers as in­formed health care con­sumers.

Since 2006, Qual­ity Health Foun­da­tion has awarded grants to­tal­ing more than $4.1 mil­lion to 61 or­ga­ni­za­tions in Mary­land and the Dis­trict of Columbia.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

From left, Del. John F. Mautz IV; Sen. Ad­die Eckardt; Paige Til­gh­man, direc­tor, Tal­bot Of­fice of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment; El­iz­a­beth Devlin, direc­tor of Grants, Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Foun­da­tion; Crys­tel Fa­rina, direc­tor of Sim­u­la­tion for the Health Pro­fes­sions and In­struc­tor of Nurs­ing, Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Foun­da­tion; Lu­cie Hughes, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Foun­da­tion; Mary Bur­goyne, MD, chair­man, QHF; the Honor­able Robert C. Wil­ley, Mayor of Eas­ton; and Cather­ine Smoot-Hasel­nus, MD, chair­man, QHS Board of Direc­tors.

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