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Maryland Rural Health Infrastructure Initiative

The University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine, proposes a rural and urban health infrastructure enhancement initiative to

  1. Address COVID-19 health disparities and inequities
  2. Develop a community workforce trained in all aspects of COVID-19 prevention, mitigation, and vaccines
  3. Outreach to the community to link members to primary care and chronic disease care
  4. Educate community on Long COVID and connect to resources 
  5. Develop a pandemic preparedness blueprint including the workforce, necessary for future readiness 
  6. Build infrastructure to encourage interest and excitement around health professional careers in order to better recruit and retain health professionals in health professional shortage areas.

This initiative will include a multi-partner community-based effort to expand the workforce and educate/train community members to ensure and expand equitable access to COVID-19 resources, and services.

Areas to be served under project:

  • West Baltimore City
  • Caroline County
  • Dorchester County
  • Kent County
  • Somerset County
  • Talbot County
  • Queen Anne’s County
  • Wicomico County
  • Worcester County

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Upcoming Events

24 Feb
Straight From the Heart: One-Stop Shop 11am - 1pm | Maple Shade Youth and Family Services 382 W Main Street Crisfield, MD 21817

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Past Community Events 

February 24, 2024: Straight from the Heart Flyer

April 2023: Outstanding Public Health Leader Award

April 28, 2023: AME Zion Church Kickoff 

May 28, 2023: Hispanic and Haitian Community Health Fair

June 24, 2023: Healthy Families Lower Shore Annual Picnic

June 24, 2023: Juneteenth Event and Health Fair

August 1, 2023: National Night Out: West Baltimore

August 5, 2023: Health Fair and Back to School Event 

August 12, 2023: Back to School Giveaway and Health Fair

August 12, 2023: Back to School and Food Giveaway

August 26, 2023: Back to School Giveaway

September 14, 2023: Team Ujima TV Interview

September 23, 2023: Team Ujima Health Fair and Food Giveaway

October 20, 2023: Latino Resource Festival 



What You Need to Know About Long COVID (NIH)

Guidance on “Long COVID” as a Disability Under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557 (

Long COVID and Fatiguing Illness Recovery Program (

Evaluating and Supporting Patients Presenting with Cognitive Symptoms Following COVID (

Long COVID Alliance

National Research Action Plan on Long COVID (

Supporting Employees with Long COVID: A Guide for Employers (Job Accommodation Network)

Tobacco Health 

UMMC Tobacco Health Practice


Health Risks of E-Cigarette Use (American Heart Association)


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