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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

Past Community Events 

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 

February 24, 2024: Straight From the Heart Health Fair and Food Giveaway



CDC’s COVIDVaxView Dashboard.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to share weekly COVID-19 vaccination data using a variety of data sources.  A new resource, COVIDVaxView Interactive, goes deeper with a look at variations in vaccine confidence by demographics and geography. 

COVID-19 Home Tests Available.  Every home in the U.S. is again eligible to receive four (4) free at-home tests ordered at  Delivery is free through the U.S. Postal Service. 

Home Test to Treat is a new program funded by the National Institutes of Health focused on providing COVID-19 care and treatment for adults who are at greater risk of being affected by COVID-19.  Adults who do not currently have COVID-19 or flu may enroll and receive free tests if they are uninsured or are enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Affairs health care system, or the Indian Health Services. Individuals who are currently positive for COVID-19 can enroll to receive telehealth services for COVID-19 and treatment (if prescribed) at no cost. Enrollees may also be invited to participate in a completely optional research component of the program. Informational flyers are available in English and Spanish.



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)

Preparing to Discuss Post-COVID Conditions with a Healthcare Provider (CDC)

Learn About Long COVID & Fatiguing Illness - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fund this monthly webinar-style ECHO learning session to rapidly disseminate findings about Post-COVID Conditions (PCC) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). The series offers presentations by subject matter experts, examples of emerging best practices and models of care, and a facilitated Q&A. This program is intended primarily for providers who care for patients with PCC and ME/CFS but is open to all healthcare professionals and all Long COVID and ME/CFS patient-lived experience experts interested in learning more about the treatment of Long COVID and ME/CFS.

Tobacco Health 

UMMC Tobacco Health Practice

Commercial Tobacco Cessation Messaging Toolkit for Medicaid Healthcare Providers


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


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