University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center's mission is to provide the highest quality health care services to the communities we serve. The keyword is communities.

To be officially recognized as a community benefit under current Maryland law, an activity must be intended to address community needs and priorities primarily through disease prevention and improvement and improvement of health status, including:

  • Health services provided to vulnerable or underserved populations
  • Financial or in-kind support of public health programs
  • Donations of funds, property, or other resources that contribute to a community priority
  • Health care cost containment activities
  • Health education, screening and prevention services

Read UM BWMC's Community Benefit Plan for Fiscal Years 2016-2018, an overview of the community health improvement priorities UM BWMC will be focusing on, and our community benefit programming.

Community Health Improvement Report

Annually, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center submits a report to the state of Maryland measuring the community benefit provided. These reports summarize the broad range of health services and support activities we offer to meet the needs of the community.

View UM BWMC's FY2017 Community Health Improvement Report, an annual summary of the medical center's most impactful community programs.

Community Health Needs Assessment

According to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospitals must perform a community health needs assessment every three years, and adopt an implementation strategy to meet the community health needs identified. The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Reports present data and key factors impacting the health of Anne Arundel County residents, and they serve as the foundation for the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition’s strategic planning. UM BWMC collaborates with Anne Arundel County and other health partners to develop the CHNA.