MACo 2012 Summer Conference Session – A New Approach to Reducing Health Disparities – Maryland’s Health Enterprise Zones

Description: Health Enterprise Zones (HEZs) seek to reduce health disparities among Maryland’s racial and ethnic groups and between geographic areas, to improve health care access and health outcomes in underserved communities, and to reduce health care costs by providing a variety of incentives to defined areas with high rates of disparities. Funded with $4 million allocated to the Community Health Resources Commission, it is anticipated that between two and four zones will be part of the HEZ pilot program. Speakers will discuss the impact health disparities have on Maryland and the HEZ application process.


  1. The Honorable Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor, Maryland
  2. Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D., Secretary, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  3. Carlessia A. Hussein, M.D., Director Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  4. Mark Luckner, Executive Director, Maryland Community Health Resources Commission

Moderator:  The Honorable Rudolph C. Cane, Maryland House of Delegates

Date & Time: Thursday, August 16, 2012; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

MACo’s 2012 Summer Conference will be held from August 15 – 18 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland.

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