The Howard County Health Department has been given a grant worth $463,369 to combat health disparities in the region.

The money was granted from the US Department of Health and Human Services at the CDC, and from the Maryland Health Department. Cities such as Columbia will benefit from this grant, which will be used to deal with health disparities caused by long-term illnesses.

Howard County’s health indicators are generally strong, although certain inequalities do exist. The funding will go towards helping the residents become healthier or stay healthy. Calvin Ball, Howard County’s Executive, stated:

“We are constantly working to improve the health of our neighbors, family, and friends here in Howard County and this funding is an important tool to keep us moving forward. We look forward to working collaboratively with our partners to ensure the health and wellbeing of our residents.”

The Local Health Department Health Disparities Funding Opportunity gives the county’s health department the chance to fund two different grant categories. The first category is for the identification and recruitment of up to 40 leaders in the community who will be tasked with creating a network of community health workers (CHWs). The second grant category is for funding local organizations that will provide support to the CHWs. Organizations interested in applying for these grants should do so through the county’s website.

CHWs help patients deal with issues such as mental health, diabetes, and heart disease, and may list these areas of expertise on their résumés and business cards.

Published by Minuteman Press, August 5, 2022 (Link)

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