The Mid-Shore Health Improvement Coalition is making mini-grants available to organizations that will educate residents in census tracts with a high Social Vulnerability Index about Maryland's 24/7 health and social support information line 211 MD.
Up to 10 awards of $5,000 each are available. Applications are due Friday, December 8, 2023
About the Coalition The Mid-Shore Health Improvement Coalition is a collaboration of over 150 stakeholders from Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties. Partners representing local health departments, schools, businesses, government, healthcare, and community and faith-based organizations are working together to address pressing issues that affect the health of our residents.
About 211 Maryland 211 is a simple, memorable phone number for Marylanders to connect with essential resources like housing, food, transportation, and more throughout the state. The free and confidential service enables individuals with unmet needs a one-stop access point instead of having to navigate through the sometimes confusing maze of health and human service agency phone numbers, websites and community resources.
For many years, health and human service agencies within our region have struggled to connect our residents to needed services. We want to change that. Through our partnership with 211 Maryland we aim to:
Increase the discoverability of Mid-Shore services, leading to greater community utilization and impact.
Improve interagency collaboration and coordination, resulting in more efficient resource allocation and service delivery.
Reduce the administrative burden of maintaining separate directories by consolidating information in a standardized format and making it accessible for use by many systems simultaneously.
Generate insights for needs assessment, program evaluation, and resource allocation.
Mini-Grant Projects will focus on Socially vulnerable populations, those with factors like socioeconomic status, household characteristics, racial and ethnic minority status, or housing type and transportation that put them at greater risk of poor health outcomes.
The CDC/ATSDR Social Vulnerability Index (CDC/ATSDR SVI) is a tool that uses U.S. Census data to determine the social vulnerability of every census tract. Within the five-county mid-shore region, ten census tracts are categorized as having a high SVI.