Calendar of Events

State-Wide Webinars, Events, & Funding Opportunities

May 24, 2017: Rural Broadband Forum
Join the Rural Maryland Council and USDA Rural Development on Wednesday May 24, 2017 at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis, MD for a forum dedicated to broadband service in our region’s rural communities. Connect with other stakeholders interested in broadband access and discuss ways to maximize available funding for rural broadband initiatives. Enjoy anticipated breakout sessions on the latest broadband technologies, funding for broadband infrastructure projects, making your community attractive to providers, and using public-private partnerships for broadband development. You can register HERE. More information to follow. General questions should be directed to Shannon Reed.

May 30, 2017: MHCC mHealth Grant Announcement
The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) is accepting applications for a mobile health (mHealth) grant.  The MHCC intends to competitively award funding to one or more qualified entities to use mHealth technology to advance statewide efforts to support opioid treatment.  Available funding for the grant is up to $100,000 and MHCC may make a single award for the 18-month grant period.  Responses must include a 1:1 financial match, and funds will be disbursed based on the grantee achieving defined milestones.  Applications are due electronically to MHCC by 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time on May 30, 2017.  The grant announcements is available on the MHCC website HERE

May 26, 2017: USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant
The primary objective of the RCDG program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis to Rural Cooperative Development Centers who in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and entities. Full funding information can be found HERE 

June 2, 2017: Collaborating to Meet the Complex Needs of Older Adults and Their Caregivers, Hagerstown, MD

AHEC West is partnering with GGEAR, Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research program, University of Maryland Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, the Nursing Education department of Meritus Health, Hagerstown and Allegany College of Maryland to offer an Interprofessional Learning Opportunity in Western Maryland. Continuing Education hours for Nursing, Psychologist/Professional Counselor, and Social Work. For more information on the program and to register, click HERE or go to, Programs, GGEAR.

June 2, 2017 Making Oral Health a Priority for Older Adults Conference
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Oral Health, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Aging, are sponsoring the Making Oral Health a Priority for Older Adults Conference on Friday June 2, 2017 at Ten Oaks Ballroom (5000 Signal Bell Lane Clarksville, MD 21029). The Conference will bring in both national and local experts and convene traditional and non-traditional partners to share new clinical and public health information about older adults’ oral health needs. The afternoon will focus on what is happening right here in Maryland in regards to oral health services for older adults with an interactive panel from 6 counties and moderated by the Association for State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) Healthy Aging Coordinator.The Office of Oral Health and the Department of Aging are committed to addressing and improving the oral health care needs of older adults. Register HERE

June 9, 2017: RMC MAERDAF Grant Funding
The Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF), administered by the Rural Maryland Council (RMC), provides grants to rural-serving nonprofit organizations that promote statewide and regional planning, economic and community development, and agricultural and forestry education. Also eligible are rural community colleges that support small and agricultural businesses through enhanced training and technical assistance. MAERDAF’s goal is to increase the overall capacity of rural-serving nonprofit organizations and community colleges to meet a multitude of rural development challenges and to help them establish new public/private partnerships for leveraging non-state sources of funding. For Fiscal Year 2018, the RMC is particularly interested in proposals that address the following: Agriculture, Energy, Rural Broadband, Healthcare, Youth Engagement and Workforce/Economic Development. Call for Proposals due June 9th. For full information, click HERE 

June 12, 2017: 2017 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BHWET)
The purpose of the BHWET Program is to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce serving populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas. The BHWET Program places special emphasis on establishing or expanding internships or field placement programs in behavioral health that include interdisciplinary training for: 1) students/interns, 2) faculty, and 3) field supervisors to provide quality behavioral health services to communities in need.
Applicants must emphasize: (a) training in prevention and clinical interventions for those at risk of developing or who have a recognized behavioral health disorder; (b) strategies for incorporating the involvement of families and community partnerships in the prevention and treatment of behavioral health conditions; (c) curricula enhancement and interprofessional training for students/interns, faculty, and field placement supervisors; and (d) career development in behavioral health for paraprofessionals and peer support specialists.
For more information and how to apply, click HERE

July 17, 2017: Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Programs
USDA Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program helps rural communities harness the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect with each other and to the world. Grant only funds, awarded through a national competitive process with a 15% match required; Awards range from $50,000 to $500,000. Application window available through July 17, 2017. Eligible applicants include entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications including state and local government, Federally Recognized Tribes, non-profits, for-profit businesses, consortia of eligible entities, etc. For the entire funding announcement, click HERE

Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland Town Hall Meetings:

  • Montgomery/Howard County: Saturday June 10th, 2017 10AM-2PM
    Burtonsville Elementary School Gym
    15516 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
  • Prince George’s Charles County: Thursday July 13th, 2017 6PM-8PM
    Prince George’s County Community College -Rennie Forum
    301 Largeo Road, Largo, MD 20774
  • Eastern Shore: Wednesday August 16, 2017, 10AM-1PM
    National Park Service Harriet Tubman Center
    4068 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek, MD 21622
  • Baltimore City/Baltimore County: Thursday September 21st 2017, 6PM-8PM
    Morgan State University – Murphy Fine Arts Center
    2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21251

October 11-13, 2017: 25th Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference Silver Linings: Reflecting on Our Past, Transitioning to Our Future

The West Virginia Rural Health Conference provides attendees with education and information about innovation, best practices and leadership in rural health. The conference includes state and national rural health updates along with providing attendees the opportunity to network with others interested in improving rural health care in West Virginia. You can join the West Virginia Rural Health Conference at the Canaan Valley State Park Resort located at Davis, West Virginia; for more information, click HERE


No Deadline Funding Opportunity:

Kresge Foundation: Developing Healthy Places Grant
The quality of one’s health is determined by multiple factors: the natural environment, lifestyle, genetic factors and, to a small degree, medical care. Yet, for many people, it is the conditions in which they live that most inhibit their health. Their neighborhoods have limited access to affordable fresh food, safe places for recreation, high-quality education and living-wage jobs. They may be exposed to environmental hazards due to the proximity of polluting industries and substandard housing. Addressing these conditions begins to promote health equity among people in low-income neighborhoods and fosters improved health for entire communities. Through this focus area, we support three initiatives: 1) Healthy Housing and Neighborhoods, 2) Healthy Food Systems that benefit low-income communities, 3) Equitable Transportation and Land Use.  More information available HERE 

Board Meetings

June 27, 2017 10am-12pm: Maryland Hospital Association, Elkridge, MD

August 29, 2017 10-12pm: Conference Call

Committee Meetings

Conference Committee: June 13, 2017 1:00PM