Walnut Street Community Health Center Awarded $400,000

Walnut Street Community Health Center Awarded $400,000

The Maryland Community Health Resource Commission (MCHRC) was established by the Maryland legislature as an independent commission in 2005. It is comprised of eleven commissioners who represent diverse interests in the state of Maryland including, non-profit insurers, non-profit health maintenance organizations, hospitals, physicians, and others knowledgeable about health care issues in Maryland.
The purpose of the MCHRC is to increase access to care for low-income, underinsured, and uninsured Marylanders by support to community health resources. The Commission pursues this goal through various means, chiefly by awarding grants to community health resources.
In August 2007, the MCHRC released a call for proposals for information technology projects and anticipated awarding a total of $2.2 million in grants. At the Commission's November 8, 2007 meeting, the selected proposals were announced and the Walnut Street Community Health Center (WSCHC) was one of six agencies in Maryland who received a grant award. The Center was awarded a $00,000 grant to implement an integrated technology system that will include practice management and electronic medical records.
As WSCHC continues to grow, it is important to improve its technical capability and efficiency. The grant award from the MCHRC will be instrumental in providing the means to meet the Center's technology goals.