The Maryland Health Care Foundation awarded $607,000 in grants yesterday to nine nonprofit organizations -- including three in Baltimore -- that provide health care to people without insurance.
The one-year grants were announced in the State House in Annapolis.
It is estimated that there are 715,000 Maryland residents without health insurance; about one-third of them are children.
"This is our first round of grants, and we are calling for requests for the second round with a deadline [for proposals] of June 30," said Marilyn Maultsby, executive director of the foundation.
Those receiving grants yesterday include:
Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, $43,000 to provide counseling, intervention and treatment to people trying to stop smoking, primarily African-American males.
Baltimore Medical Systems in Northeast Baltimore, $50,000 to expand preventive health care programs for women.
New Song Family Health Center in West Baltimore, $93,000 to expand health care services to the working poor.
The Baltimore County Health Department, $100,000 to improve health care for the uninsured through a network of local hospitals.
The other grants went to programs in Montgomery, Prince George's and Allegany counties and one to help statewide residents suffering from mental illness through a program at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Towson.
Nonprofit organizations interested in competing for the next round of grants should contact the Maryland Health Care Foundation, 201 W. Preston St., Room 540-A, Baltimore 21201, attention Marilyn Maultsby; or call 410-767-6459.
Pub Date: 2/04/99