Community Health | MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center | MedStar Health
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We are dedicated to advancing wellness and achieving health equity for our communities. We strive to support our community’s needs by partnering with local organizations and delivering accessible, evidence-based education and wellness services. Racial justice and health equity serve as the guiding principles of our Community Health Needs Assessment approach, including the implementation of initiatives, partnerships, and methods of evaluation directed at tracking and addressing health disparities in our community.

Our efforts to facilitate community health improvement are centered on our community benefit service area of Southeast Baltimore County. This region was selected based on hospital utilization information, public health data, and our collaboration with the Baltimore County Southeast Area Network.

Read our 2020 Report to the Community for more information


Request for Proposal for Children's Community Health services funding FY23

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit applications for the funding of children’s community health services related to Behavioral Health/Mental Health/Substance Abuse, Obesity/Nutrition/Physical Activity, and/or Asthma management in schools.

Informational session: January 25, 12n.
Proposals due: March 11, 2022

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Population health

Our recent Community Health Needs Assessment identified major focus areas, including: Health and wellness
  • Chronic disease prevention and management

  • Behavioral health

  • Maternal and child health

Access to care and services

  • Mental health services

  • Substance use services

  • Social need resources and services

  • Access to health care professionals and affordable health care and insurance

  • Access to transportation

Social determinants of health

  • Employment

  • Housing and homelessness

  • Health disparities - racial discrimination

An implementation strategy is currently being developed to guide the hospital’s use of its resources and partnerships to address these priorities.

For information on previous years, please visit the links below:

2021 Community Health Needs Assessment

2018 Community Health Needs Assessment

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2015 Community Needs Assessment

2013 Community Health Assessment for Southeast Baltimore County

2012 MedStar Community Health Needs Assessment

Report to the Community

2019 Report to the Community

2018 Report to the Community

2017 Report to the Community

2016 Report to the Community

2015 Report to the Community

We strive to offer the support our communities need by partnering with local organizations and by delivering the accessible, evidence-based education and wellness services described in our reports and on this page.

Contact us at 443-777-7482.

Birth and family education

Our birth and family education classes provide the information needed to help prepare you for labor, delivery, and parentings. Classes are taught by nurses who are certified childbirth educators and are available at various times to accommodate a busy schedule. Your growing family is very important to us and we want to help you feel prepared.

Learn more about OBTLC Birth and Family Education classes

Healthy babies collaborative

The Healthy Babies Collaborative unites local organizations that have a common interest in promoting positive birth outcomes for mothers and their families. The Collaborative offers education, resources, and support to these families. Monthly meetings at the Essex Library are open to all.

The Healthy Babies Collaborative unites local organizations that have a common interest in promoting positive birth outcomes for mothers and their families.

Stop smoking today!

Are you ready to QUIT? Our FREE in-person (6-week) or virtual (4-week) Tobacco Cessation program is designed to provide highly motivated adults with practical counseling, support, and the encouragement needed to become tobacco-free. The program is facilitated by trained and experienced Tobacco Treatment Specialists. FREE medication (patch, gum, lozenge, or pill) may be available to participants. Let us help!

Registration is required. Call today! (855) 218-2435 or visit

Diabetes prevention program

Are you at risk for prediabetes? Join our FREE 12-month lifestyle-change program (in-person or online) to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Let our Lifestyle Coaches help you learn to eat healthy, manage stress, stay motivated, become active, and solve problems that can get in the way of making healthy life changes. This program is designed for those 18 years old or older, overweight, at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes.

Call (855) 218-2435 or visit to register for the next available in-person or online class.

Our 340B program

Congress created the 340B drug savings program to help hospitals expand access to prescription drugs and essential services to help support our vulnerable community members. MedStar Franklin Square uses the savings generated from the 340B drug discount program to:

  • Help keep pace with the rapidly rising costs of prescription drugs

  • Offer health, wellness, access, and social services to underserved members of our community