The Washington Informer
May 15, 2015
The Community of Hope neighborhood clinic in D.C.'s Ward 8 is among seven local health care organizations granted more than $3.1 million from CareFirst to improve the health of uninsured and underinsured mothers and their babies.
CareFirst, an affiliate of Blue Cross Blue Shield which serves more than 3.4 million members in D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia, issued a request last year for proposals to improve birth outcomes and infant mortality by addressing such contributing factors as prenatal care, spacing between pregnancies, and maternal obesity prevention.
"Infant mortality rates in Maryland and throughout the National Capital Area have reached historic lows, but that's no reason to stop fighting the factors that continue to contribute to poor birth outcomes among disadvantaged communities," said Maria Tildon, CareFirst senior vice president of Public Policy and Community Affairs. "This most recent grant highlights our continued commitment to improving access to pre- and post-natal care and increasing health and educational resources available in communities with the greatest need."
The state-of-the-art Community of Hope, located in the Bellevue/Conway community, opened its doors in January 2014, and will receive $615,000 to improve birth outcomes among the poor.
Centers and organizations that will also receive CareFirst's support over the next three years include:
• Community Clinic Inc. — $748,506 to expand its prenatal care services in Prince George's County, Md.;
• Northern Virginia Family Service — $564,301 for its perinatal maternal mental health initiative in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax;
• Access to Wholistic and Productive Living Institute — $447,612 to expand the Bright Beginnings program, a home-visiting program in Prince George's County;
• Mary's Center — $376,693 to boost prenatal care in Prince George’s County and D.C.'s Ward 4;
• MedStar Washington Hospital Center — $262,311 to support reproductive health care and psychosocial services for pregnant and parenting youth in D.C.'s Ward 8; and,
• SCAN of Northern Virginia — $85,778 to purchase cribs and increase safe sleep education for its Operation Safe Babies program in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax.