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Capitol Heights Designated Health Enterprise Zone

1/31/2013, 11:23 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown along with the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) recently designated Capitol Heights in Prince George's County, as one of the first Health Enterprise Zones(HEZ) in the state of Maryland.

As a result, the Prince George's County Health Department will receive a grant to expand the primary care resources it provides in Capitol Heights.

"I want to thank the O'Malley/Brown Administration for recognizing the importance of improving the healthcare landscape in Prince George's County. Designating Capitol Heights as an HEZ gives the County an opportunity to expand our primary care resources and services, said County Executive Rushern Baker. "Capitol Heights is one of our Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) areas and this grant will help strengthen our efforts throughout the other TNI areas, as we work to improve health outcomes overall and close disparity gaps in Prince George's County."

The HEZ initiative is a four four-year pilot program with a budget of $4 million per year. The purposes of the HEZ Initiative are to: (1) Reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations and among geographic areas; (2) Improve health care access and health outcomes in underserved communities; and (3) Reduce health care costs and hospital admissions and readmissions. To receive designation as a HEZ, the Prince George's County Health Department collaborated with community coalitions to identify contiguous geographic areas with measurable and documented economic disadvantage and poor health outcomes.