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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
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Wednesday, March 7: 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

HONORING DIVERSITY: Quality, Patient-Centered Care at Chase Brexton
Chase Brexton Health Services is the country’s first historically lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender health center to become a Federally Qualified Health Center. From its beginning as a volunteer-run health clinic, it has honored diversity and provided quality, patient-centered care. Site visit participants will learn how, with support from funders, the center has expanded and innovated. It now has four locations offering integrated behavioral and primary care, pharmacist-led support and education for patients with HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases, substance abuse services, and dental services.

South Baltimore’s Cherry Hill neighborhood has spectacular views of the harbor, ample park land, and is bounded by the Patapsco River. Residents also live with industrial zoning, electrical generators, a city trash facility, rail lines, and factories. Like many low-income communities and communities of color, Cherry Hill has many assets but is struggling for health amidst multiple environmental hazards. This site visit will offer a firsthand look at the environmental health and justice challenges residents face on a daily basis. It will also include discussion of neighborhood conditions and opportunities to address environmental hazards, attract development and reinvestment, and create a healthier future.

Thursday, March 8: 2:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Baltimore babies die at a rate that is among the worst in the United States. In response to this public health crisis, corporate, nonprofit, and government leaders are collaborating across institutions and neighborhoods to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of Baltimore families. This site visit will introduce funders to B’more for Healthy Babies, which brings together parents, providers, and policymakers to transform an often-fragmented health care system and reach families that are hardest to serve. The tour and discussion will focus on Baby Basics, a prenatal health literacy program for pregnant mothers, and Reading for Health, a plan to incorporate literacy into existing maternal and child health systems, including prenatal home visiting programs, WIC clinics, and Infants and Toddlers programs.

Health care consumers are increasingly interested in options that add to the quality, safety, and effectiveness of their care. The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), also known as integrative health, is viewed as one way to achieve those goals. As the popularity of CAM grows, so does the demand for both diverse services as well as easy and equitable access. Site visit participants will travel to The Institute for Integrative Health for an interactive panel discussion and gain a deeper understanding of policy issues related to holistic health and healing, as well as how and why funders might support this work. There will also be an experiential component during which a variety of CAM techniques will be demonstrated.

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