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.
Chronic disease prevention and management
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
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:
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.
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 to register for the next available in-person or online class.
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s 340B Program
Congress created the 340B drug savings program to help those hospitals serving vulnerable communities expand access to prescription drugs and support essential services for their communities. The savings generated from the 340B drug discount program are used by MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center to help keep pace with the rapidly rising costs of prescription drugs, as well as to offer additional needed services to our community such as the ones described below.
Health and Wellness
MedStar Franklin Square delivers evidence-based, outcome-focused chronic disease management and prevention programs and services in MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Community Benefit Service Area (CBSA).
- Diabetes Prevention Program prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes through a 12-month lifestyle change program.
- Smoking Cessation Program increases awareness and the intention to quit among smokers.
- Stroke Support Group provides stroke survivors and their family caregivers an opportunity to support each other as they strive to rebuild their lives and promote health, independence, and well-being
- Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) a universal screening program for screening and identification of substance use disorder; with an ultimate goal of providing referrals for substance abuse treatment. Peer Recovery Coaches provide brief intervention and referrals to community support services and treatment centers.
- The Opiate Overdose Survivor’s Outreach Project (OSOP) a field base initiative, statistics show that those who survive an opioid overdose have a 60% mortality rate unless they are actively engaged in treatment. MedStar Health sends peer recovery coaches in the field to see recent overdose survivors and link them to treatment services, naloxone trainings and provide a consistent point of contact should someone wish to enter care.
- Healthy Babies Collaborative Promote positive birth outcomes and increased breastfeeding practice for mothers and their families in Southeast Baltimore County. Activities include breastfeeding moms lunch support groups, Moms on the Move – Nutrition and activity education, and peer support.
- Narcan® Take Home Kits provide lifesaving Narcan® (naloxone) nasal spray to patients in need. Naloxone is a medication that can quickly reverse an overdose from opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications by blocking the effects of opioids. Distribution of naloxone is a method of harm reduction and can prevent fatal overdoses.
Access to Care for Vulnerable Populations
MedStar Franklin Square recognizes the importance of early detection for cancer and has programs available for those who may not be able to afford these lifesaving screenings on their own. The hospital also provides pathways for financial assistance for individuals that are unable to afford their treatment services.
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program provides free breast and cervical cancer screening programs to uninsured Baltimore City and County residents.
- Colon Cancer Screening Program provides free colon cancer screening programs to uninsured Baltimore City and County residents.
- Patient Financial Services provides financial assistance to uninsured patients who reside within the communities by assisting with enrollment in publicly-funded programs, refer patients to State or Federal Insurance Exchange Navigator resources and assist with other
- Prescription assistance Funding and assistance with accessing prescription medications for patients in need.
- Transportation in addition to taxi and bus fares, MedStar Health, in partnership with Uber, has created a convenient ride option program with a reliable means of transportation for vulnerable patients to medical appointments and health education activities.
- ConnectFest! An annual fun block party, with food and entertainment, offers a variety of mainstream resources to help maintain and improve community health. ConnectFest! Provides direct services, application assistance and referrals to many services such as transportation, housing, education, workforce development, financial education and more.
- Bedside Rx Delivery Service is a free service to eliminate barriers such as transportation, to help patients take prescribed medications as instructed, to improve health outcomes and avoid readmission.
- Social Needs Screening MedStar Health is addressing the social factors that affect individuals beyond the hospital room walls. Screenings tools are helping to facilitate sensitive conversation about their nonmedical needs that maybe a barrier to good health.
- Workforce Development MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center hires and trains individuals from high poverty and high unemployment zip codes to expand its population health workforce of Community Health Workers and Peer Recovery Specialists.