Quality Health Foundation Awards $380K in Grants throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia


Quality Health Foundation (QHF) has announced this year’s grant awards totaling $380,000 in Maryland and Washington, D.C.that support local healthcare-related quality improvement efforts.

Of the 67 applications, 15 organizations received grants. “The Board received many diverse and deserving applications this year,” said Dr. Molly Burgoyne, QHF Board of Directors Chair. “It’s reassuring to know there are so many organizations with 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.  Dr. Catherine Smoot-Haselnus, Board chair of Quality Health Strategies, the parent company of QHF, added “The work these organizations do is outstanding and often go unnoticed.  We are proud to provide both funding and encouragement to the many volunteers and staff members who serve the community so well.”

The 2017-18 grantees are:
• Access Carroll
• Aspire Counseling
• Associated Black Charities
• Breast Care for Washington
• Channel Marker
• Community Ministries of Rockville
• Hearing and Speech Agency
• Help and Outreach Point of Entry
• La Clinica del Pueblo
• Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area
• Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
• Miriam’s Kitchen
• Mission of Mercy
• Samaritan House
• University of Maryland Medical System Foundation-Breathmobile

For more information on the recipients and their grants, go to www.qualityhealthfoundation.org/

About Quality Health Foundation

Quality Health Foundation, the mission arm of Quality Health Strategies, is a national not-for-profit organization that provides grants to charitable organizations in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Since 2006, Quality Health Foundation has awarded grants totaling almost $4.5 million to provide support to underserved communities

For more information, visit www.qualityhealthfoundation.org/

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Celebrates New Maryland Bar Foundation Fellows


Mid-Shore Pro Bono and other Mid-Shore legal professionals were proud to celebrate with Andie Ross and Maureen Keough as they became Fellows of the Maryland Bar Foundation at the organization’s annual meeting in Ocean City. This honor recognizes legal professionals for their outstanding dedication and contribution to maintaining the honor and integrity of the legal profession, the improvement and facilitation of the administration of justice, and the work of the organized Bar of Maryland and civic leadership. Just 2.5 percent of the membership of the Maryland Bar Foundation are welcomed as fellows. Pictured are Cappy Callahan, Christine duFour Esq., Sandy Brown, Maureen Keogh Esq., Andie Ross Esq., Judge Karen Murphy Jensen, Connie Kratovil Lavelle Esq., Robin Henley Esq. and Tom Yeager Esq..

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Opens Centreville Office


Mid-Shore Pro Bono recently opened an office in Centreville, MD located near the Queen Anne’s County Court House at 108 Broadway. This new location provides direct access to Upper Mid-Shore residents in need of civil legal advice and services and enhances Mid Shore Pro Bono’s presence as a community-based service provider in Queen Anne’s and Kent counties.

Court Liaison and Bilingual Staff Member, Ivette Salarich.

“The rural nature of the Mid-Shore makes it challenging for low-income residents to access the legal services they need,” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director. “Our new Centreville location gives us a physical presence in Queen Anne’s County where we can strengthen relationships with volunteer attorneys, court personnel and community based organizations. Developing these connections helps us better serve our clients and refer them to the resources they need near their homes or work.”

The Centreville office is open Monday-Thursday from 10:00am – 4:00pm and offers bilingual services in English and Spanish. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointments are necessary. Mid-Shore Pro Bono staff members are available to assist with the intake process, referrals to community resources and space is also available for clinics and private meetings between clients and their volunteer attorneys.

About Mid-Shore Pro Bono

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources. The organization serves citizens of Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties. For more information, to apply for services or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.

Maryland Health Care Commission Public Hearing Notice


The purpose of the public hearings is to gather input from residents about health and health care in their communities. The Rural Health Care Delivery Work Group will use community input from these hearings to develop an approach to improve health and well-being for the Mid-Shore and other rural communities in Maryland. Members of the Rural Health Work Group, staff of MHCC, and our research team will attend the hearings.

Public Hearing Structure

When speaking, please introduce yourself and limit your comments to no more than 3 minutes.


Welcome – Hearing Officer

Summary of the Work Group charge and Study structure – MHCC Staff

Comments by community residents (100 minutes).

Please address the following issues in your comments:

Community health strengths
o What contributes to health and well-being in your community?
– Identify any programs or services that work well to support health and well-being
Health challenges faced by the community
o What are some of the challenges that your community faces in being healthy?
– E.g. access to care, workforce, transportation, insurance coverage, wellness programs, behavioral health, economic challenges, etc.
Identify what is important to you for community health
o If you had to pick one issue that would improve the health and well-being of your community, which issue would you address?
o What change/improvement would have the greatest impact in improving the health of your community?

Conclusion and wrap up (5 minutes) — Hearing Officer

Locations and Times

Public hearings will be held in each of the Mid-Shore counties at the following location, date and time:

Queen Anne’s County Tuesday, June 6th 6:00pm – 8:00pm Queen Anne’s County Complex Planning Commission Room 110 Vincit Street Centreville, MD 21617
Talbot County Monday, June 12th 6:30pm – 8:30pm Talbot County Community Center Wye Oak Room 10028 Ocean Gateway Easton, Maryland
Caroline County Tuesday, June 13th 6:30pm-8:30pm  

Denton Elementary School
300 Sharp Road
Denton, Maryland

There is no registration for these hearings. Residents seeking to speak at the hearings may contact MHCC. Residents can also provide written comments to MHCC staff by email or mail up to two weeks following the public hearings.

MHCC Contact Information
Maryland Health Care Commission
4160 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215

Erin Dorrien, Chief, Government & Public Affairs, erin.dorrien@maryland.gov
Kathy Ruben, Center for Health Care Facilities Planning and Development, kathleen.ruben@maryland.gov

Additional information and resources are posted to the Maryland Health Care Commission
website (http://mhcc.maryland.gov/) under the MHCC quick links to “Workgroups”

New Ramp Vans at Delmarva Community Transit


Delmarva Community Transit has made significant additions to its fleet, with the recent purchase of five vans. Each is equipped with a ramp, allowing easy access for riders using wheelchairs or other assistive devices. DCT operates public transportation in Dorchester, Talbot, Caroline and Kent counties, including fixed-route buses and door-to-door service with vans for qualifying riders. DCT is the transit division of Delmarva Community Services, Inc., a private, non-profit corporation. For information on travel options, call 410-221-7600.

Thirty Two Students Graduate from St. Anne’s Episcopal School


Photo: St. Anne’s Episcopal School proudly presents the Class of 2017: Back row, left to right Adrian Reed, Hunter (Tayg) Murray, Alexander Kenney, Matthew Mitchell, Robert (Stewart) Zurbach, Caden Wood, Tyler Wood, Noah Hollander, Slater Phillips, Zachary Bovelsky, Nicholas Relova, Zachary Kinnamon, William (Billy) Nunn, and Andrew Mitchell. Front Row, left to right, Zoe Eckenrode, Lauren Hudson, Sailor Wiggins, Samantha Young, Clare Slinkard, Hope Kenney, Adia Vega, Nicolette Pate, Grace Travis, Margaret (Maggy) Ross, Jada Jackson, Heidi Cobb, Hope Slapcinsky, Ashlyn Lorentz, Eleanor Alban, Hannah Beckman, Mia Stryker, and Bryer Wood.

Thirty two young men and women graduated from St. Anne’s Episcopal School on Thursday, June 08, 2017.  They will attend sixteen high schools, among them Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, The Charter School of Wilmington, Groton School, The Gunston School, Mercersburg Academy, MOT Charter High School, Sanford School, St. Andrew’s School, Saint Thomas More Academy, Sussex Central High School, Tatnall School, Tower Hill, Tri-State Christian Academy, and Ursuline Academy.

Located in Middletown, DE, St. Anne’s Episcopal School (www.stannesde.org) focuses on academic excellence and spiritual growth in a small, family-oriented and diverse community. St. Anne’s is a co-ed independent day school for children in Preschool (age 3) through Grade 8. Founded by visionary educators from St. Andrew’s School in 2002, our academic program prepares students for honors course work in the finest area high schools through its commitment to intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and artistic growth and character development.

Compass Regional Hospice Offers Drug Overdose Support Group


Compass Regional Hospice is forming a new grief support group for adults who have experienced the death of loved one to a drug overdose.  RASP— Reconciling After A Substance Passing— will meet at the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville beginning Thursday, June 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  This group will meet the third Thursday of each month. 

RASP will be co-facilitated by Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief support coordinator and counselor; and Linda Turner, MS, grief counselor for Compass Regional Hospice. 

Grief counselors Rhonda Knotts, MSCC (left) and Linda Turner, MS (right) will co‐facilitate a new, ongoing grief support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one to a drug overdose.

This support group is open to anyone 18 and older. There is no cost to participate. Participants are welcome to drop in each month as they need support.

After the opioid crisis was declared a state of emergency in Maryland there has been an increase in enforcement, prevention, and treatment services, but those who are grieving the loss of a loved one to drug overdose may feel like they are forgotten about.

“Our own community has been tremendously affected by this epidemic and countless numbers of individuals now find themselves mourning the loss of a child, sibling, friend or loved one from a tragic overdose,” says Rhonda Knotts, grief support coordinator and counselor.

“Our team recognizes the effect that drug overdoses have had on our community and want to make sure that our community has the support and resources available to them,” says Knotts. “This support group is a safe place for individuals to come to reconcile with their loss, and find compassion and understanding from people experiencing similar grief challenges.”

For more information about the RASP support group, contact either of the facilitators Rhonda Knotts, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org or Linda Turner, lturner@compassregionalhospice.org443-262-4100. Learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center by visiting www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

About the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center

The creation of the Hope & Healing Center was the start of a strategic initiative to brand the grief support programs offered through Compass Regional Hospice. The Hope & Healing Center is recognized as a premier resource for restoring hope and healing to adults, teens and children who are coping with grief, loss and trauma in our community.  These grief support programs focus on the needs of family members whose loved ones have died under our hospice care, as well as members of the community who have experienced loss. Grief support services are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance, so we depend on donations from our community in order to cover the cost of these vital services.

Much like a compass, the priorities of the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign points the way toward the future of Compass Regional Hospice. In order to meet the unmet and growing needs of our community, the existing Hope & Healing Center located at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville needs to be renovated so that we can continue to expand our grief support services. The planned renovations will create the additional space needed to accommodate new support services and healing modalities.

Every gift ensures that we continue to help your family, friends and neighbors find hope and healing as they chart their own course through grief. For more information about the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign or how you can donate, contact Kenda Leager, development officer, kleager@compassregionalhospice.org443-262-4106 or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/otherwaystogive/campaign.html.

Tony Hoffman Shares His Experience at Opioid Conference


The Talbot County Department of Social Services recently sponsored a free Opioid Conference at the Talbot Community Center in Easton, Maryland. There were approximately 80 community members in attendance for the daylong event. The conference featured former BMX pro and recovering addict, Tony Hoffman, who told a powerful story of redemption.

The staff of the Talbot County Department of Social Services with Tony Hoffman, BMX Competitor and Recovering Addict. L-R are Katie Pederson, Child Welfare Supervisor; Christine Abbatiello, Adoption/Foster Care Supervisor; Lindsay Newcomb, Parent Education Coordinator; Tony Hoffman, Debbe Faribank, Adult Services Supervisor, Chrissy Montague, Option Respite Coordinator; Shari Blades, Assistant Director, and Linda Webb.

Hoffman shared a detailed account of his experience as a BMX pro featured on the cover of a magazine in high school to his experimentation with drugs that ultimately led him to robbing someone at gun point to fuel his addiction.  Having experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows during his battle with addiction, he has dedicated his life to bringing awareness around the country through motivational speaking.

Hoffman commented about first becoming a successful athlete in middle school, stating, “I began looking up to athletes on television and started mimicking how they acted – entitled.”

After giving up on BMX racing after high school, Hoffman no longer had an outlet to keep him involved and he began going to house parties. He told himself he was only going to use drugs one time, but that led to more frequent use. He stated, “One pill made me an addict. There is a doorway that exists. I had opened up the door the first day I tried drugs. Most people who have walked through that door are dead.”

Pictured L-R are panelists Charlie Roe, Dry Dock Recovery and Wellness Center; Jayne Fitzgerald, Talbot Partnership; and Lt. John Bollinger, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office.

Hoffman added, “I didn’t realize how much I was going to have to change to get to the other side of the door. Every day of my life now is working to stay on the other side of that door.”

He tried to get back into BMX racing in 2011, but it didn’t work out due to a severe knee injury. He founded the Freewheel Project in 2012, which has brought access to action sports to kids in the community in effort for youth to develop healthy life choices. About his new nonprofit, Hoffman said, “My calling wasn’t for me to be a selfish athlete. God told me I had a bike and to use it. The bike also gave me the microphone I use today.”

Following Hoffman’s speech, he spent time thoroughly answering people’s questions and providing motivational feedback.  Lindsay Newcomb, LGSW, Parent Education Coordinator for the Talbot County Department of Social Services, comments, “Listening to Hoffman recount his experiences provided a sense of hope and inspiration to the audience, recovery is possible.”

Pictured L-R are panelists Bruce Strazza, Val Albee, Mariah’s Mission Fund; and Tina Brown, Eastern Shore Crisis Response.

The conference also presented two panel presentations from local residents sharing personal stories, law enforcement, parent education, peer support, and local resources. In addition to the presentations, many local agencies brought resources to share through informational tables.  At the end of the day, the Talbot County Health Department offered an opportunity for NARCAN (Naloxone) training and certification. NARCAN is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.  Approximately 25 community members were certified and distributed a NARCAN kit.

Partners participating in the Conference included the Talbot County Health Department, Dri-Dock Recovery, Talbot Partnership, Mariah’s Mission, Rising Above Disease, Maryland Coalition of Families, Eastern Shore Crisis Response, Recovery for Shore, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Shore Regional, Corsica River Mental Health Services, and Chesapeake Voyagers.

The All Seasons Garden Club Show on May 23


The All Seasons Garden Club (ASGC) will hold its biennial flower show on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from noon until 3:00 PM in Wesley Hall of the Heron Point Retirement Community, 501 East Campus Avenue, Chestertown.  Attendance is free and open to the public.

2015 Blue Ribbon-winning entry, Best in Show, “Mothers Day” arrangement by Holly Boulanger.

The theme for the 2017 show is America the Beautiful.  Floral arrangements in five Design Classes will be presented. Each entry will satisfy rules of a specific design category and reflect one of the following lines chosen from the popular and patriotic anthem:  “For Spacious Skies”; “For Purple Mountain Majesties”;  “Above the Fruited Plain”; “From Sea to Shining Sea”; and “For Patriot Dream”.

In addition to the five Design Classes, there will be entries in as many as eighteen Horticultural Classes, which include dish gardens; window boxes; terraria; as well as individuals specimens of bulbs, evergreens, Columbine, Hosta, Lily, Peony, Rose, Iris, Baptisia, and Sedum.

The All Seasons Garden Club was organized in 1985 and draws most of its members from Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. The ASGC is pleased to have its 2017 show open to participation by members of garden clubs in the two county area.

Flyers describing the Design Classes for the show as well as other aspects of the judging are available by emailing Frank Creegan at fcreegan2@washcoll.edu.