Grant from OneCity Health Innovation Fund to Improve Social Determinants of Health

On June 12, New York City’s OneCity Health Innovation Fund awarded $699,450 to the Bridging Access to Benefits and Care (BABC) program. This new initiative is led by Acacia Network, with three core partners: Seedco, St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction (SACHR) and MDRC. Funding for BABC will address social determinants of health for the most vulnerable and disenfranchised opioid dependent population in the Bronx through outreach, engagement, enrollment in public benefits and linkages to care. Seedco’s focus will be increasing enrollments in public benefits using our EarnBenefits Online technology. BABC builds on Acacia and Seedco’s Bronx Health and Benefits Initiative, funded through the Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities Innovation Fund, to integrate EarnBenefits Online into Acacia’s federally qualified health centers (FQHCs).

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Seedco Provides Input on New Report from HSC Commission on Value-Based Care

In April, the Human Services Council (HSC) released a report from the Commission on Value-Based Care, titled “Integrating Health and Human Services: A Blueprint for Partnership and Action.” Seedco’s Executive Director Tara Colton was a member of the Commission, which was led by the Vice Chair of Seedco’s Board, Lilliam Barrios-Paoli.

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WREG-Memphis News Channel 3 Features Seedco’s ‘March Madness’ Job Fairs!

Celebrate March Madness with Seedco! Our Mid-South Regional Office in Memphis, TN is holding four job fairs with a dozen employers over the next two weeks. WREG-Memphis News Channel 3 highlighted the job fairs in an on-air segment on March 19.

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Memphis Commercial Appeal Article Highlights Seedco Job Fairs

A February 7 article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal profiled Seedco’s upcoming job fairs, which feature jobs in a range of fields, including construction, warehouse, forklift, machine shop, call centers and restaurants. Over the next 28 days, Seedco will hold 16 job fairs for the Memphis community! The series of job fairs, titled “I LOVE TO WORK,” are designed to serve participants in Seedco’s programs, including out-of-school youth and individuals with a history of criminal justice involvement, as well as the larger community.

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West Baltimore Re-Entry Program Highlighted in Maryland Draft State Workforce Plan

In 2016, Seedco and our partner Bon Secours Community Works launched the West Baltimore Career Pathways Collaborative (WBCPC). Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the program is designed to improve long-term employment and reduce recidivism among West Baltimore’s returning citizens who are nearing release from prison or home confinement. The state of Maryland just released their draft State Workforce Plan, which highlights the WBCPC as a key “example of Maryland’s efforts to integrate Career Pathways programming.” Pages 21 and 69-71 of the plan provide more details. The state is accepting comments on the plan through January 24.

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Congressman Steny Hoyer Visits Seedco Navigators To Discuss the 2018 Open Enrollment Season

On November 27, Seedco was honored to host Congressman Steny Hoyer at our Waldorf, Maryland Office. Congressman Hoyer visited the Charles County Seedco Office at Health Partners to meet with Navigators and discuss the current open enrollment period. “I want to thank the dedicated navigators at Seedco, as well as the staff at Health Partners, for their contributions to the people of Charles County,” said Congressman Hoyer. “I will continue to work with stakeholders in our communities to make sure more families in Maryland have access to affordable health care.”

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Help Available to Find Affordable Health Care

A letter to the editor in the Baltimore Sun urges readers to contact Seedco to enroll in affordable health insurance. The letter notes that “Focusing on public education and culturally sensitive face-to-face enrollment services, Seedco strives to create a user-friendly and accessible environment for families enrolling in health insurance.”

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Baltimore Sun: Significant Decline in Uninsured Residents of Maryland’s Eastern Shore Region

An August 27 Baltimore Sun article details how Maryland’s rural Eastern Shore region has seen a major decline in the share of residents without health coverage. From 2013 to 2015, the number of residents lacking health coverage in one Congressional district dropped by 54% – the largest decrease in the state. Seedco has been a leader in health insurance enrollment in the Eastern Shore since 2013 and we are proud to play a central role in bringing much-needed health coverage to this community.

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Helping Employed Families to Move From NYC Homeless Shelters to Self-Sufficiency

The New York Community Trust recently renewed Seedco’s innovative program, The Self-Sufficiency Project, for its second year of funding. Leveraging the generous support of the Trust, Seedco’s program will continue to help employed homeless families as they transition out of New York City shelters and move towards economic self-sufficiency.

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Seedco Continues to Help Thousands of Maryland Families to Access Health Coverage

Seedco’s Navigator program in the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland has helped thousands of Marylanders enroll in affordable health insurance since the program launched in 2013. Read one consumer’s powerful testimonial about the support they received from Seedco.

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