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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Memphis Works Videos Highlight Seedco’s Mid-South Career Pathways Collaborative

Our partners at the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce recently released two videos featuring participants and staff from Seedco’s Training to Work program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. Seedco’s Mid-South Career Pathways Collaborative helps men and women enrolled in state or local work release programs in the Memphis area gain the job skills necessary for in-demand occupations as they reintegrate back into society. Seedco also operates this program in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Seedco Awarded a Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Connector Entity Program Grant for Navigator Services in Upper Eastern Shore Region of Maryland

In May 2016, Seedco was awarded a $1.017 million grant by the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to continue its valuable work providing consumer healthcare access to residents of the Upper Eastern Shore Region of Maryland. Since 2013, Seedco has led efforts to increase health care access in the region with key partners such as the Eastern Shore AHEC, Triangle Health Alliance, and West Cecil Health Center.

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Seedco awarded $950,000 through federal Connecting Kids to Coverage campaign to enroll Maryland children in health coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded Seedco $950,000 to enroll eligible Maryland children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of the Connecting Kids to Coverage campaign. Seedco will target populations with lower health coverage rates, with a special emphasis on Latino children, children living in rural areas from the […]

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Brookings Institution Study Highlights Seedco’s Earn Benefits Program

The Brookings Institution recently released a study of Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH), a hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland, that highlighted their partnership with Seedco to help patients enroll in benefits through our EarnBenefits Online software. The report noted that “the partnership with Seedco is an important new dimension to WAH’s ability to address the full […]

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Tara Colton, SVP of Programs is a NYN Rising Star Awardee!

Seedco congratulates Tara Colton, our Senior Vice President of Programs, on being named one of New York’s Rising Stars in the nonprofit sector. For the first time this year, New York Nonprofit (NYN) Media is recognizing 40 of New York’s Rising Stars in the nonprofit world under the age of 40, and Seedco is proud […]

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Brian Bannister receives 2015 NYCETC Opportunity Award

We are very pleased to announce that Brian Bannister, our Community Engagement Coordinator for Seedco’s Strong Fathers Stronger Families (SFSF) program, is one of the 2015 NYCETC Opportunity Award winners of the Bonnie Potter Workforce Frontline Staff Award. Through SFSF, Seedco and its community-based partners across New York City help low-income fathers to enter and […]

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Affordable Care Act: Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell Ruling

A major provider of ACA Navigator services, Seedco has operated ACA Navigator Programs in Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland and New York since 2012 In response to the Supreme Court’s  ruling in King v. Burwell, Barbara Dwyer Gunn, President and CEO of Seedco made the following statement:. “Seedco has been very involved in helping thousands of Americans […]

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SNAP/Food Stamps: Feeding Families, Feeding the Economy Panel Discussion and Luncheon Recap

On March 11, 2015, we hosted a SNAP/Food Stamps: Feeding Families, Feeding the Economy at Morrison & Foerster, LLP. The primary goal of the discussion was to bring more attention to the positive impact of SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-formerly Food Stamps). SNAP is widely considered to be the nation’s most important hunger prevention program, improving economic, health, and social outcomes for low-income families and communities.

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Fatherhood Director Provides Technical Assistance to District 79 Staff

Our Strong Fathers, Stronger Families Director recently spoke at the Pathways to Graduation Support Staff Professional Development Workshop (District 79) in New York City. District 79 serves over 5000 students between the ages 17-22. This district works with a high proportion of students with disabilities, ESL students, the economically disadvantaged and students who have previously […]

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Positive employment and child support outcomes for NY fatherhood pilot programs

Parents who participated in New York State’s Strengthening Families through Stronger Fathers Initiative experienced higher wages, higher rates of employment, and higher rates of child support payments than non-participants.

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