Healthy Harford/Healthy Cecil is the healthy communities initiative of Harford and Cecil Counties, dedicated to the health and wellness of the northern Chesapeake community – in mind body and spirit. Founded in 1993 as a non-profit 501c3 by leaders from UM Upper Chesapeake Health, the Harford County Health Department, and Harford County Government – Healthy Harford/Healthy Cecil is a coalition of local government agencies, businesses, non profits, and citizens dedicated to improving the health of Harford and Cecil County residents through education, policy changes, improvements in the built environment, increased access to care, and improved care coordination for people with chronic illness. Learn more about this amazing group.
UM UCH and Healthy Harford’s WATCH
Providing care and support for our most vulnerable patients.
Two years ago, UM UCH started an initiative called the Comprehensive CARE Center that has already changed the way we care for individuals who frequently visit our hospitals and Emergency Rooms. The Comprehensive CARE Center in Bel Air helps connect individuals with their primary care physician (or helps them find one) and, if needed, locates additional medical specialists as well as community resources for transportation, home health services, and insurance assistance. The CARE team makes sure the individual patient understands his/her medications, how to take them and who to call with questions so they can manage their treatment on an ongoing basis. When our resources are combined through enhanced community partnerships, we are able to help these people maintain or achieve better health, which ultimately results in better care for them and an overall improvement in the health of our community.
In summary, the WATCH teams:
- Make house calls
- Support medical needs
- Evaluate if the individual has additional challenges with transportation or need further support in areas such as energy assistance or food support
- Determine if the individual could benefit from additional community supportive care services such as supplemental security income, adult protective services, etc.