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National Public Health Improvement Initiative

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Karen Matsuoka, Ph.D.
201 W. Preston St,
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-767-6525

Performance Improvement Manager
Raquel Samson
410-767-5612

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Jeffrey Brock
404-498-0495

Grants Management Specialist
Marquetta Williams

All CDC Contacts

Jurisdiction: Statewide
Official Website:
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

2013 Funding (Year 4)

  • Amount of funding: $400,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Continue its strategic planning process and complete its strategic plan
    • Develop and release the second Maryland State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) annual progress report and continue SHIP implementation
    • Continue to  address deficiencies identified through the accreditation readiness self-assessment
    • Identify staff roles for documentation collection, assemble documentation, and submit  application to the Public Health Accreditation Board
    • Increase the Local Health Improvement Coalitions’ capacity to become the community’s health integrator  through the creation of a certification process
    • Improve the administrative processes (fiscal, procurement and contracts management) of the new Health Systems and Infrastructure Administration
    • Continue use of best practices around the state, local population health improvement, accreditation preparation activities, and public health workforce development

2012 Funding (Year 3)

  • Amount of funding: $400,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Release community health assessment and the 2012 state health improvement program progress report
    • Continue to implement its state health improvement process
    • Launch its strategic planning process and complete its strategic plan
    • Address deficiencies identified in the organizational self-assessment, which measured gaps in meeting and/or conforming with national Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) standards
    • Prepare a PHAB readiness plan, identify staff roles, assemble documentation, and submit PHAB application for accreditation
    • Implement three quality improvement initiatives in performance management, asthma management in schools, and HIV and sexually transmitted infections clinical care guidelines at specific provider sites
    • Contract with the Public Health Foundation to provide consultation in public health workforce development and to help create a Maryland public health workforce development plan that complies with PHAB standards

2011 Funding (Year 2)

  • Amount of funding: $400,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Continue development of a state health improvement plan (SHIP) through public engagement, measure refinement, and support of local action
    • Provide resources and technical assistance to local communities for community health assessments and alignment of activites with the SHIP
    • Develop an interactive dashboard to frame regional and local community health assessments
    • Hold regional meetings across the state to bring together hospital community benefit personnel, local health department leadership, and community providers to encourage collaboration
    • Identify a process for assessment of their public health system
    • Develop an agency strategic plan

2010 Funding (Year 1)

Component I

  • Amount of funding: $300,000
  • Description of Project:
    Awardee will:
    • Focus on building, institutionalizing, and implementing performance management capacity within health departments
    • Support full-time "Performance Improvement Manager" who will participate in a national network of performance improvement professionals supported by CDC

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