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December 3, 2014 - All Zone Meeting
The first Health Enterprise Zone, All Zone meeting was held on December 3, 2014.  This event, the first of its kind, allowed for all 5 HEZs to present their individual opportunities, progresses, and challenges encountered to date in each Zone, and allowed for Zone representatives to discuss with other Zones specific initiatives and concerns during round table discussions. Zones also took this opportunity to ask State representatives from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and from CHRC questions regarding State expectations and program evaluation.  Additional presenters provided information regarding methods for defining Zone success, Zone logic models, legislative expectations for the HEZ Initiative, and HEZ reporting requirements.  Links to the presentations and the agenda can be found below:   
Click Here for Agenda
    November 3, 2014 - PGCHEZ Opens Third PCMH 
    Site build out for the third medical practice in the PGCHEZ, Gerald Family Care, opened on November 3, 2014.  In addition to the PGCHEZ capital improvements funds, money was secured to fund the renovation through a grant awarded by Economic Development Incentive Funds (EDIF) in the amount of $570K through the County awarded to F&G Development (Community Outreach and Development) in June, 2014.  The amount of this additional funding was $349,497 for the Gerald Family Care medical practice.   The remaining EDIF funds of $220,503 will be utilized for the Health Department/Dimensions Associates medical practice scheduled to open Spring, 2015 as the fourth medical site in the PGCHEZ. 
    June 26th, 2014 - CHRC Board of Commissioners Meeting
    At the last CHRC Commisisoners meeting, the Board received presentations from the five Health Enterprise Zones detaling the following information:
    1. Progress towards reaching the core goals of year one.
    2. Identify challenges and suggest how the state can assist the Zone to address or overcome these challenges.
    3. Comments on the strategic plan and core goals for the program in year two.

    The Zones presented to the Commission and responded to questions.
    The power point presentations by each zone are linked below.

    June 23rd, 2014 - Promoting Health Equity Webinar
    The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) co-hosted a webinar series entitled "Promoting Health Equity through Programs and Policies."  Speakers included Dr. Carlessia A. Hussein, Director of Maryland State Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities;  Michelle Spencer, Director of the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration at DHMH, and Mark Luckner, Executive Director at Maryland Community Health Resources Commission.
    Key topics addressed by this webinar include:
    • Examples of policy and administrative levers that have initiated, facilitated, and/or supported efforts to promote equity through the Health Enterprise Zones and the Maryland Health
    • Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act.
    • Examples of partnerships that facilitated the implementation of the Health Enterprise Zones.
    • Strategies, resources, and tools used to promote equity through the Health Enterprise Zones.
    • Strategies for identifying opportunities to promote equity through programs or policies at the state level.

    For more information on the co-hosts, the speakers and the webinar, visit here.

    To listen to the webinar, you can register here. It will be on demand until September 14th, 2014.

    To view a copy of Mark Lucnker's presentation, click here.


    June 13th, 2014 - Maryland Health Quality & Cost Council Meeting
    At the quarterly council meeting, Michelle Spencer, Director of the Prevention and Health Promtion Administration and Mark Luckner, CHRC Executive Director, presented on the status of HEZs.  That presentation along with the meeting agenda can be viewed at the MHQCC Meetings site.
    May 19th, 2014 - Health Enterprise Zone Conference  
    The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) held a conference on May 19, entitled “Maryland Health Enterprise Zones (HEZ): Using Incentives to Drive Local Progress.” This unique event, supported with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, brought together more than 200 local, state and national stakeholders to collaborate on ways to ensure health equality and improved health care for all Marylanders. The conference was held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Southern Management Corporation Campus Center. For the full press release, please click here
    April 1st, 2014 - Health Enterprise Zone Income Tax Credits are now

    The Health Enterprise Zones (HEZ) Initiative provides a range of incentives to help attract new practitioners to underserved areas.  These incentives include income tax credits, hiring tax credits, and loan repayment assistance.  Eligible applicants are able to apply for income tax credits as of April 28, 2014.  For more information about how to apply for income tax credits, please click here  Hiring tax credits will be made available later this fall.  Loan repayment assistance is also available, with applicants accepted in the spring and fall (the current spring cycle is March 1 through April 15, 2014).  For more information about loan repayment assistance, please click here.

    January 15th, 2014 - Health Enterprise Zones Annual Report Released.

    The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Community Health Resources Commission (the Commission) have released the 2013 report for the first year of the Maryland Health Enterprise Zones (HEZ) Initiative.  Click hereto view the Year 1 HEZ annual report.

    Highlights of the first year of HEZ implementation include:

    • Across all five zones, a total of eight care delivery sites have been opened or expanded. All five Zones are now providing clinical and other support services.
    • The Zones articulated a collective year-one goal of recruiting 38 new health care practitioners and report the addition of 43 new practitioners, which include physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses to deliver primary care services and licensed clinical social workers and a psychiatrist to deliver behavioral health services. 
    • Four of the five HEZs have achieved their year-one practitioner recruitment goals.  The Zones reported the creation of a collective total of 87 jobs during their first six months of operations. This total includes HEZ practitioners, community health workers, and other staff that will deliver care and support the goals of each HEZ.
    • The state is working with the Zones to collect and report patient clinical outcome data.  All five Zones include a focus on diabetes; other clinical goals include cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity, and asthma.