Calendar of Events

State-Wide Webinars, Events, & Funding Opportunities

September 7, 2017: Northeastern Maryland Community Opioid Summit: Detection, Protection, Capabilities, and Collaboration, Aberdeen Proving Grounds
Experts from the FBI, DEA, and State of Maryland, as well as law enforcement agencies and healthcare professionals, will partner with the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, and the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center to lead the discussion.
Working groups will address: (1) protection and detection of first responders, investigators, and working dogs; (2) prevention and treatment to include abuser/family, clinic/pharmacy, school/outreach; and (3) law enforcement options/tracking networks.
There is no charge for attendance and an optional lunch will be provided at a cost of $13.50 (available only with advance purchase at time of registration). Advance registration is required and the summit is not open to the press. More information about the summit can be found HERE, with the MRICD Visitor’s Guide available HERE

September 12, 2017: Health Quality Innovator Award Nominations Due:
Each day, health care organizations like yours are improving the lives of patients and families in communities across Maryland and Virginia. You deserve to be celebrated!
Health Quality Innovators (HQI) is recognizing the best and brightest in quality improvement and health care innovation. We are now accepting nominations for our Health Quality Innovators of the Year awards. Two winners will be selected (one in Maryland and one in Virginia) in each of the following categories:
• Collaboration
• Health IT
• Patient-Centered Care
• Population Health
Visit our website to learn more about the awards and the criteria for each of the four categories. Nominations can be submitted online (preferred) or by mail. Questions? Contact HQI at 804.289.5320 or email More information can be found HERE

September 20, 2017: RWJF Culture of Health Informational Webinar:

We want to hear from communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to provide everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. If your community is using innovative ways to catalyze and sustain positive change, take the time to learn more about what it takes to be an RWJF Culture of Health Prize winner. Register to join the informational webinar on September 20th HERE

Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland Town Hall Meetings:

  • Baltimore City/Baltimore County: Thursday September 21st 2017, 6PM-8PM
    Morgan State University – Murphy Fine Arts Center
    2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21251

September 26, 2017, 1:00PM: Telehealth Project Development and Implementation Lunch & Learn Webinar Series: Health Care Consumer Engagement and  Awareness Building in Telehealth
The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) invites you to attend a virtual learning session to take place on September 26, 2017 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. The telehealth webinar series hosted by MHCC provides peer-to-peer learning opportunities regarding the selection, adoption, and use of telehealth.
Presenters include: Tracy Carroll, Director of Operations, Lorien at Home, part of Lorien Health Systems residential service agency offering in-home services via telehealth; Jim Hummer, VP of Home & Community Based Services, Lorien Health Systems; Seth Eaton, M.D., Medical Director, MedPeds, a family medical practice; Tiffany Blount, Clinical Data Manager, MedPeds; and Janet Gerber-Salins, Practice, MedPed
Prior registration MUST be completed by September 19th, and can be done HERE. For more information or questions, contact Christine Karayinopulos.

October 3, 2017: Highlight on Vaccinations 4 Teens:
The Maryland Academy of Family Physicians is hosting a presentation and dinner on vaccinations rates in teenagers with topics to include HPV Vaccination Clinical Update & A Survivor’s Story, Increasing Immunization Rates in Maryland, and Practical Pearls for Vaccine Counseling. Key speakers include Niharika Khanna, MD, Cheryl De Pinto, MD, MPH, and Scott Krugman, MD. For more information, click HERE.

October 10, 2017 1:30-3:30PM: Webinar: Connecting Health Insurance and Agricultural Viability-Helping farmers and ranchers address health-related risks
Health, access to care and health insurance affect the vitality of agricultural enterprises and farm and ranch families, according to results from a national research project funded by the USDA. Designed for Extension, tax, loan, health and other agricultural advisors, this webinar will provide an overview of the research findings and introduce some practical tools that educators and advisors can use to help farmers and ranchers make informed decisions for their businesses and households. Register for FREE Here
Participants will leave the webinar with:

  • An understanding of the intersection of health and agricultural business viability, grounded in 2016-2017 national research findings;
  • Tools they can use in their work farmers, including worksheets, videos and other informational resources.
  • Questions to ask farmers and ranchersto help incorporate health costs into farm enterprise and risk management planning.
    Hosted by Scott Loveridge (North Central Regional Center for Rural Development); the webinar will include presentations from Shoshanah Inwood (The Ohio State University), Bonnie Braun (University of Maryland Extension),

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

October 19, 2017: Maryland Health Care Commission to Announce “Wear the Cost” Initiative to Increase Transparency and Public Engagement on Health Care Costs and Quality 

We all know the cost of health care is too high. While there isn’t a silver bullet to lowering costs, well-considered efforts on many fronts can make a difference. One of those fronts is transparency, or making information on the cost and quality of health care more open and accessible to consumers. This concept is at the center of a new initiative known as “Wear the Cost.”Join the Maryland Health Care Commission for a press conference on October 19, 2017,  as state leaders announce this important initiative, and explain how a new website and public awareness campaign will make the cost of care at hospitals across the state available to consumers. Register HERE.

October 24, 2017, 6-8PM: Inaugural Meeting of the Maryland Telehealth Alliance
The mission of the Maryland Telehealth Alliance is to support the growth of telehealth for Marylanders through care provider, consumer, and industry education; public policy advocacy; and serving as a central knowledge base for telehealth in Maryland. The flyer can be found here, with more information on their website HERE.

October 30, 2017: 4th Annual Telemental Health Meeting
Registration is now available to attend the University of Maryland, Department of Psychiatry, 4th Annual Telemental Health Meeting. This event is free! Lunch will be provided. SMC Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Elm Rooms A & B 621 W. Lombard Street Baltimore, MD 21201.Learn about:

  • Maryland Landscape in Telemental Health
  • Current Telemental Health Platforms and Future Technologies
  • Conducting Virtual Home Visits via Telehealth Technology
  • Telepsychiatry Techniques that Strengthen Therapeutic Relationships
    Register HERE

November 3, 2017: RWJF Culture of Health Funding Opportunity: The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health by creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make change—change that will enable all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come. Up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation.
Each of us has the superhero potential necessary to building a Culture of Health. Is your community harnessing those superhero qualities into powerful partnerships for better health? If the answer is yes, apply now. Previous Prize winning communities were selected for their creative strategies and innovative cross-sector collaborations that ultimately helped residents lead healthier lives. Apply for the 2018 Culture of Health Prize 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

August 29, 2017 10AM-12PM: Conference Call
October 5, 2017: Meeting at Rural Health Conference, McHenry, MD
December 19, 2017 10AM-12PM: Conference Call
February 27, 2017 “All Day” Strategic Planning Meeting: Maryland Hospital Association, 6820 Deerpath Road Elkridge, MD 21075
April 24, 2018 10AM-11:30AM: Conference Call
June 26, 2018 10AM-12PM: Maryland Hospital Association, 6820 Deerpath Road Elkridge, MD 21075

Committee Meetings

Legislative Committee: TBD
Conference Planning Committee: TBD