Access to Care Workgroup

PGC Healthcare Action Coalition 

​County ​Objectives

  1. ​​​​​​Increase the proportion of persons with health insurance.
  2. ​​​Reduce the proportion of individuals who are unable to obtain healthcare.


​​Increasing Enrollment of Adults and Children in Medicaid, HealthChoice/Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP) and Other Programs

  • Educate the public and providers about the eligibility requirements for the HealthChoice/MCHP, Medicaid Families and Children, Primary Adult Care, and Maryland Family Planning Programs, using methods and venues that target hard-to-reach women and children.

Increasing Linkage to Care

  • ​Work with the Medical Society, Board of Physicians, Board of Pharmacy and other medical associations to identify ways to increase access to dental, vision and medical care (including specialty care), and to low cost prescription medication.

Increasing Health Literacy

  • ​Educate health care providers and the public about available health literacy tools that enable individuals to access and understand health information, navigate the health care delivery system, and participate in decision-making about their own health care.
  • Expand the use of modern technology such as social media outlets and mobile phones to communicate health information to the public and clients, particularly to individuals without internet access.
  • Partner with the University of Maryland School of Public Health (UMDSPH) to conduct research on ways to advance the health literacy of County residents.

Improving Health Care for Individuals with Special Needs

  • ​Work with partner agencies serving individuals with disabilities to educate the public about the challenges they face in receiving health care, to increase public acceptance and support of person with disabilities, and to eliminate the stigma associated with disabilities; Enlist the faith community, local businesses that employ persons with disabilities, and other traditional and non-traditional partners in this effort.
  • Update the Prince George's County Health Department's Community Services Guide-at-a-Glance to include agencies and programs that serve individuals with special needs; Disseminate the Guide to community providers and agencies for use as a tool in linking clients with special needs and their families to available resources; ensure that these resources are made known to families by posting the information on agency Web sites and in their publications.
  • Continue supporting the Prince George's County Department of Family Services Division of Mental Health and Disabilities programs that serve individuals with mental illnesses and individuals in psychiatric crisis, particularly where collaborative agreements among community service providers are essential.


The Access to Care Workgroup meets once a month, every fourth Monday at 6:00 p.m. at
1701 McCormick Drive,
Largo, Maryland 20774.

Prince George's Healthcare Action Coalition (PGHAC) meets quarterly at
1400 McCormick Drive,
Largo, Maryland 20774.

For a list of scheduled PGHAC meetings, click here​.


June 12, 2012 February 12, 2013​ January 14, 2014​​
September 11, 2012 ​April 9, 2013​ ​​​April 8, 2014​
October 9, 2012 June 11, 2013​​ ​​June 10, 2014
November 13, 2012 September 10, 2013 ​September 9, 2014
December 6, 2012 October 8, 2013 ​October 14, 2014
​December 9, 2014​


November 13, 2013,Wednesday

6:00 p.m. to 9:0​0 p.m.
Bond 45 Restaurant

​Clinicians' ​Roundtable Discussion on HIV/AIDS in Prince George's County with HIV and STI's Workgroup

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, Medical Director, Infectious Disease Center, United Medical Center, Washington, D.C.



​​​Name ​Membership Affiliation​ Position​
​Tracy Curry ​Workgroup Co-Chair ​United Healthcare Community Plan ​Community Development Specialist
​Jagdeep Singh, MD ​Workgroup Co-Chair MedChi Medical Association​;
Dimensions Healthcare
Prince George's Hospital Center
Maryland Chapter President;
Associate Program Director
​Andrew Anderson, MS, MHA​ Research Assistant​ University of Maryland​
​Bernadete Aldrich ​Member Mary's Center​ ​Mary's Center
​​Richard Ardery Member​ ​MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center ​Vice President, Marketing and Community Relations
Karen Bates​​ ​Member Prince George's County Public Schools​ ​Supervisor, Health Services
Gloria Brown​ Member​ Prince George's County Department of Social Services​ Director
Dorrett Carroll​ Member​ First United Methodist Church​ ​Co-Chair, Health and Wellness Ministry
Conrad Clybu​rn​ M​​ember​ ​MedForeSight Founder and CEO​
Amparo Duff​ Member​ Mary's Center​ ​Site Coordinator, Maryland
George Escobar​ Member​ Casa de Maryland, Inc.​ Director, Health and Human Services​
​Kelly Fields ​Member ​Capital Caring ​General Manager
Soraya Galeas​ Member​ ​CyraCom Medical Interpreter/Translator​
Theresa Grant​ Member​ Prince George's County Department of Family Services​ Director​
Danielle A. Grimes​ Member​​ MedStar Maryland Hospital Center​ ​Community Benefits Liaison
Leon Harris​ Member​
Verna Meacham​ Member​ Nexus Health​ President and CEO​
Joel Ogbonna​ Member​ ​Prevent First ​President
​Karen Payne ​Member ​Prince Geroge's County Health Department Domestic Violence Coordinator​
​Leslie Pelton Member​
​Fran Preneta Member​ Consultant​
​Vanessa Purnell Member​ MedStart​ Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs​
​Mindy Rubin Member​ ​Kaiser Permanente
​Raquel Samson ​Member ​Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Director, Primary Care Access​
​L. Christina Waddler ​Member ​Prince George's County Department of Family Services ​Division Manager, Mental Health and Disabilities
​Ernest Carter, MD, PhD ​Health Dept Staff ​Prince George's County Health Department Deputy Health Officer​
​Diane Young Health Dept Staff Prince George's County Health Department ​Division Manager, Maternal and Child Health
​Pamela Creekmur PGHAC Chair​ Prince George's County Health Department​ Health Officer​
​Debra Ross ​PGHAC Director Consultant
Erin Diamond​, MA Program Assistant​ Prince George's County Health Department​

Last Updated: March 4, 2014

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