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HEZ Dictionary of Terms

HEZ Dictionary, April 9, 2015.pdf

HEZ Presentations at the April 2, 2015 Commission Meeting

Annapolis/Moris Blum

West Baltimore

Caroline - Dorchester County

Prince George's County/Capitol Heights

St. Mary's County/Lexington Park

2014 HEZ Annual Report

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Community Health Resources Commission have released the 2014 report for the second year of the Maryland Health Enterprise Zones Initiative.

2014 HEZ Annual Report


Presentation on HEZ Workforce Incentives

On August 12, the HEZ team presented on the types of incentives and resources available to attract providers to the Zones.  Click below to download a copy of the presentation. 


Report on Maryland’s HEZs Gets Published

In February of 2014, The Journal Health Care for the Poor and     Underserved published a report entitled, “Working with    Communities to Achieve Health Equity in Maryland’s Five Health     Enterprise Zones.”  The report introduces Maryland’s Health Enterprise Zones (HEZ) Initiative, describes the efforts to     establish the first HEZs, describes the principles fundamental to     the HEZ intervention, provides an overview of their intervention strategies, and summarizes efforts to assess the impact of the program.  The entire report can be viewed online here (login required).


2013 HEZ Annual Report

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Community Health Resources Commission have released the 2013 report for the first year of the Maryland Health Enterprise Zones Initiative.

2013 HEZ Annual Report.pdf2013 HEZ Annual Report.pdf


Cultural, Linguistic and Health Literacy Competency Standards for Health Enterprise Zone Applications: September 2012

The Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHHD) has developed cultural, linguistic, and health literacy competency standards for the review of Health Enterprise Zone applications. These standards can be used as a guide for HEZ applicants to describe how HEZ operations will meet the cultural, linguistic, and health literacy competency expectations of Principle #6.

Click here to download the OMHHD Cultural, Linguistic, and Health Literacy Competency Standards


Joint Chairmen's Report: August 15, 2012
  In the summer of 2012, DHMH and CHRC requested public comment on three documents:
  • Threshold eligibility criteria for HEZ applicants;
  • Additional benefits that could be provided by the state to assist HEZ awardees; and
  • Principles that will be used to review HEZ applications.
    More than 150 comments were received, which led to a range of changes in the proposals. The attached Joint Chairmen’s Report submitted in August to the Maryland General Assembly summarizes our responses to the comments received and provides general information about our implementation plan.
    Attached is a letter thanking everyone who submitted public comments.
Public Events: July - September 2012


Health Disparities Workgroup Report: January 2012
The Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council was established by Governor Martin O’Malley to focus priorities for improving health care in Maryland. As Chair of the Council, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown established a health disparities workgroup led by Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D, Ph.D., M.B.A. of the University of Maryland School of Medicine to explore and develop health care strategies and initiatives, including financial, performance-based incentives, to reduce and eliminate health disparities, and to make recommendations regarding the development and implementation of those strategies.

The following report contains three recommendations that are intended to be bold and
innovative. The workgroup believes that, through the use of incentives and improvements to data collection and analysis, we can improve health care disparities throughout Maryland and in our most underserved communities.