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Baltimore, MD—Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore, recently presented Delmarva Foundation’s Baltimore HELPS (Healthy Eating Leading Partnerships for Seniors) project a Certificate of Recognition for their work to improve the quality of life for residents of Hollins House, a city-run Housing and Urban Development tower in West Baltimore.
“Delmarva Foundation has worked with health providers for 40 years to improve healthcare services,” said Delmarva CEO Dr. Fredia Wadley. “And now we are building a Population Health Center to help bridge the public and private health sectors. We are grateful for this recognition of Delmarva’s role in the HELPS project.”
The project assists older adults living in Baltimore with improving their health and wellness by creating connections in the community and encouraging program participation. The “one-stop service center” currently located at Hollins House offers programs related to:
- Food Access: Baltimore seniors deserve the option to choose from a variety of healthy foods options. Through farmer’s markets, shuttles, and online grocery ordering, we are offering these options.
- Nutrition Education: Nutrition education programming shows seniors how to prepare healthy foods, how to do so on a budget, and what their diet should include if they have specific health problems.
- Health and Wellness: “Ask a Health Professional” and “Medicare Minute” sessions about general questions and how to navigate Medicare benefits, respectively, are two popular programs.
This work is conducted by the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland, under a Special Innovations Project with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Mark Stewart, DFMC VP and Project Director, discusses the Baltimore HELPS program with Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore.