(April 16, 2013)—On Monday, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown announced funding for the Annapolis Community Health Partnership, one of the State’s first Health Enterprise Zone(HEZ) initiatives. The Partnership, a collaboration among Anne Arundel Medical Center, the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, the City of Annapolis and others, will receive up to $800,000 over the next four years to improve health outcomes for residents of a medically underserved neighborhood just blocks away from the State House.
With the grant, the Partnership will open a primary care medical practice this summer on the ground floor of an existing public housing high-rise building for senior citizens and disabled individuals. The practice will serve residents of the building and surrounding neighborhood, including children and adults.
Currently for residents in the HEZ, limited access to both medical care and transportation results in lost opportunities to prevent late complications of diseases (e.g., diabetes, hypertension) that timely medical intervention, would not have developed. The HEZ initiative’s medical practice, led by family physician Claudia Arumala, MD, will provide patient-centered, reliable care literally nestled within the community. Specific health outcome measurements will track the initiative’s progress.