University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM SRH) has awarded a $50,000 grant to Queen Anne’s County Department of Health, in support of the County’s Mobile Integrated Community Health (MICH) Program. The recent award brings bring the total program grant from UM SRH to $225,000 since MICH began in 2014.
Now in its fourth year, MICH is a community outreach and support program designed to help reduce avoidable 911 calls, emergency department visits and hospital admissions among at-risk populations in Queen Anne’s County. As an undertaking of the Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services, MICH provides home visits by a nurse to assess client health and social support needs and to provide referrals to community agencies. It began as a pilot program under Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), and with its demonstrated success, serves as a model for other approved programs throughout Maryland
In 2015, MICH and UM SRH shared in the kudos earned by Queen Anne’s County’s Department of Emergency Services selection as recipient of the “Star of Life Award “ for Outstanding EMS Program of the Year from Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford and MIEMSS.
“Establishing partnerships with public and nonprofit agencies so that we can help our citizens maintain better health in their own homes and communities is a key strategy of Shore Regional Health’s mission, ‘Creating Healthier Communities Together,’ “ says Ken Kozel, president and CEO of UM SRH. “The MICH program has played a strong role in helping vulnerable individuals and families in Queen Anne’s County access community resources that support their independence and encourage better health, which in turn, has helped significantly reduce the number of 911 calls and Emergency Department visits among that population.”