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Our Mission is to improve wellness and resiliency to equitably impact the lifelong health of all Frederick County residents. Our Vision is that our community is productive, resilient, and thriving because all people have a voice in their health and equitable access to the opportunities and resources necessary to prosper and to be physically and emotionally healthy. Our Purpose is to engage in non-legislative advocacy and in system integration and coordination.
The Frederick County Health Care Coalition (Coalition) is a nonprofit organization created in 2006 that manages the county's Local Health Improvement Process (LHIP) in close collaboration with the Frederick County Health Department, Frederick Health, and many community partners.
We believe that diverse groups of community members and partners, each with unique perspectives, experiences, and resources, are best able to come together to successfully strengthen the foundations of community health for everyone. Our work focuses on building health equity and reducing health disparities in the county.
Our partners include charitable and religious groups, business and corporate entities, state and local government organizations, health care providers, private and non-profit organizations, coalitions and citizen groups, and individuals. More than 200 partners work with us to have a collective impact on health in Frederick County.
The 2022-2025 health improvement priorities areas are:
More information on the LHIP Process and these 3 Health Priorities may be found in the 2022-2025 Local Health Improvement Priorities Announcement presentation slides.
LHIP Workgroups have been formed for each of these 3 priority areas, and each Workgroup continues to welcome the participation of new community members or partners at any time. To join a Workgroup, fill out the LHIP Workgroup Interest Form or learn more on the "Join a Workgroup" TAB on the left.
There are 3 Local Health Improvement Planning (LHIP) Workgroups that meet monthly to build health in Frederick County!
We invite all interested members of the public and community partners to participate in these new Workgroups! Would you like to work alongside other community members with similar interests? Are you passionate about community health and health equity?
Workgroup participants first learn about logic model and action plan development, and will then plan and implement initiatives over the next 3 years to improve health in their domain area.
The Board of Directors manages the Community Needs Health Assessment (CHNA) and the Local Health Improvement Process (LHIP), as well as oversees the LHIP Workgroup initiatives and events, and serves as the focal point for all Coalition and Workgroup communications.
The Board meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month, 11am to 12pm, and the meeting minutes are available here. The Board Member Expectations document is available for your review. If you would like to apply for a Board position, please complete the Board Application Form or contact Malcolm Furgol for more information.
Our current Board members:
Read the 2022 Frederick County CHNA Report here, and find previous CHNA reports on the CHNA webpage here.
If you are a student looking to gain the experience and knowledge you'll need to take your career a step further, Frederick County Health Care Coalition has an exciting internship option for you. Our internship presents a unique opportunity to be given real responsibility from start to finish in a professional office environment. We are seeking talented interns who want to learn new skills and aren't afraid to tackle big projects. Internships are open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students attending a two- or four-year college or university. Interns accepted are asked to also coordinate with the internship office at their school, college, or university.
To apply for a position with Frederick County Health Care Coalition, please send your resume, cover letter and any other required documents via email to Malcolm Furgol. Be sure to include “FCHCC Internship” in the subject line of any correspondence. Contact Malcolm for questions about coordinating with your school internship office, or to request an exemption.
TIMELINE AND COMMITMENT
Late-August through Mid-December
Mid-January through Early-May
Mid-May through Mid-August
Health Care Coalition Internship
The Frederick County Health Care Coalition internship calendar typically follows the academic calendar of local colleges and the public school system. Interns will be expected to complete on average 8-16 hours weekly (at least 120 total hours per semester). Internships are not paid; however, interns can receive college credit for their work and stipends may be available upon successful completion - depending on financial availability. Pre-approved parking and mileage expenses may be reimbursed for work associated with the internship.
The Frederick County Health Care Coalition is incorporated in Maryland and has a 501(c)(3) status.
The idea to form a coalition rose from the proceedings of the Frederick Health Summit [on Barriers to Access] held May 12, 2006. Over 100 diverse representatives from across the community who were impacted by and committed to acting on health access issues convened to examine and prioritize barriers to health care and to convert those barriers into goals and action plans. A summary of the proceedings was created and participants were invited to join a coalition in order to continue the collaborative process.
The first Frederick County Health Care Coalition meeting participants reviewed the prioritized goals from the Summit and formed work groups to target each area of concern which then led to the formation of committees focused on those same topics once the by-laws were passed.
Frederick County Health Access Program (FCHAP) - Program CLOSED 12/20/2013