People living in the community of Carroll County have access to quality, affordable and available primary health care, dental care, behavioral health care, hospitalization and pharmaceuticals.
Improving access to affordable health care is an important part of our efforts to prevent and manage chronic diseases, eliminate health disparities, and ultimately increase quality and years of healthy life for people in our community. Removing barriers to health care access, with emphasis on access for underserved and uninsured residents, is the focus of this Leadership Team.
Partnership Staff Contacts:
Access to Health Care Leadership Team
The Access to Health Care Leadership Team consists of members representing a wide variety of access areas in the community. These members include local health care providers and concerned entities such as physicians and nurses, non-profit health and dental care agencies for children and adults, Carroll County government, insurance brokers, faith organizations, human service agencies, Carroll County Health Department, Carroll Hospital Center, pharmacy programs and citizens.
This Leadership Team is responsible for annually reviewing County data and selecting indicators that focus on access to health care and dental care for uninsured, under-insured, low-income residents including pregnant women. Projects have included the promotion of oral health for children; promotion of Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program (MCHP); an annual legislative advocacy agenda; an annual Cover the Uninsured Week Event held in March; access resources; advocacy for transportation improvements for medical appointments; public and professional education about Health Care Reform; and education about mandated benefits in Maryland.
Organizations represented on this Leadership Team include:
- Access Carroll
- Caring Carroll, Inc.
- Carroll Area Transit System (CATS)
- Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities
- Carroll County Department of Citizens Services
- Carroll County Department of Social Services
- Carroll County Government – Grants Office
- Carroll County Health Department
- Carroll Hospital Center
- Catastrophic Health Planners
- Circle of Caring
- Dr. Karl M. Green Pediatric Services Endowment Fund
- Get Connected Family Resource Center
- Healthy Howard
- Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc.
- McDaniel College
- Mission of Mercy
- United Health Care
- University of Maryland Extension
The Access to Health Care Leadership Team meets regularly and community participation is welcomed. Meeting times and locations may vary. To attend, please request details from a staff contact person.
Maryland Health Insurance Exchange Action Team
It is an import goal of the Access to Health Care Leadership Team to increase the percentage of Carroll residents who have health insurance to ensure a source of primary health care. from 2009 until 2011, the Cover the Uninsured Action Team held a series of enrollment-&-information events to help uninsured Carroll County residents find health insurance coverage. In 2011, over 150 individuals were assisted with determining eligibility for state health insurance programs.
In 2013, The Partnership began a new initiative working with the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange to provide local assistance to residents who are seeking to enroll in health care insurance. CLICK HERE to learn more.
The Access Leadership Team has also created a pocket-sized reference card with information about a wide variety of local resources for assistance with basic needs such as health care, housing, transportation, and food. Printed copies can be requested by calling 410-876-4965.
The Access to Health Care Leadership Team is collaborating with local service organizations and agencies to provide training that will educate their staff members about each other’s basic services and procedures. The third training event, attended by 168 local professionals, was held in April 2014. As a result, the agencies’ clients will be better informed about help that is available and have more continuity between services. The organizers hope to provide this opportunity again in 2015.
Oral Health Education and Awareness
The Leadership Team and the Get Connected Family Resource Center co-hosted a public presentation in August 2011 on access to oral health care, attended by representatives of many local service agencies, who learned about new avenues to oral health services.
This Action Team collaborates with the Carroll County Health Department, which operates a program to coordinate oral health care for Carroll residents who meet income and age eligibility requirements. The program provides a list of free or low-cost treatment providers in the region to help County residents seeking dental care.
Click on Oral Health Resource Guide (pdf) to view or download this list of free or low-cost dental services in our region.
Maryland has an Oral Health Literacy campaign called Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids, with resources tailored for low-income families, especially those with children ages birth to age 5, and pregnant women. TheHealthy Teeth, Healthy Kids web site at www.HealthyTeethHealthyKids.org has helpful brochures about child dental health in English and Spanish available as free downloads, along with videos other helpful info with easy-to-understand messages.
Access Carroll, Inc. was developed in coordination with the Carroll County Health Department, Carroll Hospital Center, and the Access to Health Care Leadership Team of The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County, Inc. The mission of Access Carroll, Inc. is to improve pathways to primary health care of all ages for the uninsured low-income residents of Carroll County. They believe that every individual should have access to health care that is coordinated, comprehensive, culturally sensitive, community based, accountable, and of high quality. Additionally, each individual has the right to health information, the opportunity to participate in their plan of care, and the right to accept responsibility for one’s own care to the extent of one’s ability. Contact Access Carroll at 410-871-1478.
The Partnership annually recognizes the outstanding achievements of groups and individuals who make our community of Carroll County a healthier place to live. If you know of person or organization deserving recognition, please nominate them for one of our Awards.
CLICK HERE to learn more or to submit a nomination.
Maryland Health Care Reform – presented at We’re On Our Way, May 2011 (pdf)
Access Carroll, Inc.
Carroll County Children’s Fund
Carroll County Department of Social Services
Carroll County Government – Department of Planning
Carroll County Health Department
Carroll County Transit Development Plan
Carroll County Youth Service Bureau
Carroll Hospital Center
Catastrophic Health Planners
Get Connected Family Resource Center
Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids – MD oral health literacy campaign
Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc.
Maryland Dental Action Coalition
Maryland Health Reform Coordinating Council
Maryland Prescription Discount Card
MedBank of Maryland, Inc.
Mission of Mercy