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Kendrick Gibbs Chosen For Leadership Maryland Class of 2020
National Institutes of Health Division Director and Ft. Washington resident one of 52 selected for professional development program

Leadership Maryland

Annapolis, Md. (Feb. 14, 2020)— Leadership Maryland announced today that Kendrick T. Gibbs ’20, Division Director at National Institutes of Health, has been chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Gibbs is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 28th class—the Class of 2020, who will complete the eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five two-day intense sessions traversing the state focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity. These sessions will be followed by a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration in December. More than 100 experts representing business, government, education, and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

“This was our most competitive cohort of applicants in our history, which is a testament to our members encouraging a diverse and broad spectrum of highly-qualified executives from across the state to apply to our program and share in their experience,” said Renée M. Winsky ’05, president and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Maryland. “This year’s class is a powerful cross-section of leaders from our state. I’m excited to see them come together as a group and do great things in their workplaces, communities and beyond in the years to come.”

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. For more information about Leadership Maryland, please visit, call 410-841-2101 or email


Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Each year, as many as 52 diverse and accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors are selected to come together as a class for an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. To learn more, call Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or visit



New CareFirst Partnership Aligns More Than a Million Marylanders With the Maryland Primary Care Program

Maryland Department of Health

Baltimore, Md. (Feb. 12, 2020)—More than one million Maryland residents recently gained access to more integrated health services from the Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP) as CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Maryland’s largest private health insurer, joined the program.

Primary care practices now have an aligned set of standards for Medicare and CareFirst patient care management and quality care measures. These measures are used to gauge each practice’s success in improving patient’s health. MDPCP provides incentives for diabetes control, initiation and engagement in alcohol and substance use disorder treatment, and other preventive care and screening measures.

“The MDPCP uses enhanced patient services centered on care coordination to get patients the right care to achieve the best possible outcomes,” said Maryland Department of Health Secretary Robert R. Neall. “The arrangement with CareFirst provides these primary care practices in the MDPCP combined resources to serve Medicare beneficiaries and CareFirst members in a cost effective and efficient manner.”

The MDPCP is one of three programs under the innovative Maryland Health Model. The model is the first in the country to hold a state accountable for the total cost of caring for Medicare participants. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the MDPCP aims to achieve better care, smarter spending and healthier people.

Under the MDPCP, Medicare and CareFirst members have access to advanced primary care. Practices provide onsite care managers and behavioral health specialists, medication management, and integrated community and social support. Advanced primary care is a holistic approach to patient care.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with the State as part of MDPCP and the possibilities that this holds to improve healthcare for all Marylanders. We believe that advancing program alignment between our Patient-Centered Medical Home and MDPCP will better enable primary care practices to accelerate transformation of care in Maryland,” said Brian Pieninck, President and CEO of CareFirst.

Now in its second year, MDPCP has enrolled 476 primary care practices and approximately 2,000 health care professionals. More than 350 practices have already integrated mental health and substance use services into their practices. Together the practices in MDPCP serve more than 2 million Marylanders.

“The majority of our MDPCP practices have been working with CareFirst for many years,” said Dr. Howard Haft, Executive Director of the MDPCP. “The collaboration with MDPCP brings new efficiencies to our practices and better health to the Marylanders we serve.”

“We look forward to many years of success working together with CareFirst to improve the health and lower the costs of care for Marylanders,” added Secretary Neall.

For more information, visit


The Maryland Department of Health is dedicated to protecting and improving the health and safety of all Marylanders through disease prevention, access to care, quality management and community engagement.


Women Veteran Entrepreneurs Training Funding Competition

U.S. Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON (Feb. 13, 2020)—The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, and institutions of higher learning are eligible to compete for funding of up to $300,000 to deliver entrepreneurship training to women service members, women veterans and women military spouses.

Up to six awardees will receive a total of $300,000 in grants administered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development to participate in the Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program. The funds will help cover the costs of educating women service members and veterans, as well as women military spouses interested in starting or currently own a small business.

“Women veteran entrepreneurs contribute in a major way to the growth of the U.S. economy, bringing in $10 billion in receipts over a five-year period,” said SBA Mid-Atlantic (acting) Regional Administrator Steve Bulger. “The SBA remains committed to supporting women veterans with the training and resources they need to start, grow, or expand a small business.”

Eligible organizations should submit applications for the Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program funding opportunity (WVETP-2020-01) through Applications not submitted via will not be evaluated. The submission deadline is Tuesday, March 17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The SBA hosts a conference call Wednesday, February 26 at 2 p.m. EST to answer questions related to the Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program grant announcement.

• Submit questions to Jerry Godwin at no later than 4 p.m. EST on Monday, February 24.

• Call in at (202) 765-1264; Conference ID: 13482739.

Look for a transcript of the webinar on and following the conference call.


The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality.  As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. Visit


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