Calendar of Events

State-Wide Webinars, Events, & Funding Opportunities

July 21, 2017: HRSA Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP)
The purpose of RHOP is to promote rural health care services outreach by expanding the delivery of opioid related health care services to rural communities. The program will reduce the morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities through the development of broad community consortiums to prepare individuals with opioid-use disorder (OUD) to start treatment, implement care coordination practices to organize patient care activities, and support individuals in recovery through the enhancement of behavioral counselling and peer support activities.

This program will bring together health care providers (i.e. local health departments, hospitals, primary care practices, and substance abuse treatment providers) and entities such as social service and faith-based organizations, law enforcement, and other community-based groups to respond multifaceted to the opioid epidemic in a rural community. The consortium must include at least three health care providers.

This program incorporates a range of objectives to respond comprehensively to the opioid crisis within rural communities. Consortiums will work towards identifying individuals at-risk of overdose and guide them towards recovery by providing outreach and education on locally available treatment options and support services. Educating community members on OUD is also a critical component of responding to the opioid epidemic, which incorporates education on OUD, treatment options, methods for preparing individuals with OUD for treatment, referring individuals with OUD to treatment, and how to best support individuals in recovery. $3,000,000 is available to fund 12 awards; the program supports 3 years of funding. More information can be found HERE.

Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland Town Hall Meetings:

  • 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