Maryland covers 9,774 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 5,884,563 people – with 313,977 people living in rural Maryland (USDA-ERS). Annapolis is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Baltimore, Gaithersburg and Frederick. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 61.1% of the state’s population is white, 30.0% is Black/African-American, and 8.4% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2011).
There are 47 hospitals in Maryland (Kaiser, 2010). The state has zero hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals. There are zero Rural Health Clinics in Maryland, and 16 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 111 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2012). 13.0% of Maryland residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011).
According to the Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Maryland residents in 2011 was $50,655, although rural per-capita income lagged at $43,072. Estimates from 2011 indicate a poverty rate of 11.7% exists in rural Maryland, compared to 10.1% in urban areas of the state. 2011 ACS data reports that 12.9% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 11.8% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Maryland is 8.3%, and in urban Maryland, it is 7.0% (USDA-ERS, 2011).
For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
U.S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets ; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
Supports economic and social development in all of West Virginia and parts of twelve other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients: Maryland (CRISP)
Maryland State Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) that helps health care providers become meaningful users of electronic health records by providing information and technical assistance.
HUD Community Development Block Grants: Maryland
Contact information for the State CDBG program. Provides funding for community development projects.
Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
Improves the health status of Marylanders through community educational partnerships that foster a commitment to enhancing healthcare access in the rural and urban underserved areas of the state.
Maryland Child Support Enforcement Program
Enables, encourages, and enforces parental responsibility through innovative programs, partnerships, and technology, thereby contributing to child and family well-being.
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Works to improve the health of all Maryland residents.
Maryland Department of Human Resources
We will aggressively pursue opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide prevention services, and protect vulnerable children and adults.
Maryland Family Policy Impact Seminar
Supports decision making of state policy makers. Part of the University of Maryland Family Studies Department.
Maryland Hospital Association (MHA)
Created in 1970 as a forum for cooperation and communication among the state's major providers of health care.
Maryland Office of Rural Health
Collects and disseminates information within the state, coordinates rural health interests and activities across the state, and provides technical assistance to attract more federal, state, and foundation funding for rural communities.
Maryland Rural Development Corporation
The Maryland Rural Development Corporation, Inc., is a private, non-profit corporation that has been serving the rural communities of Maryland for 20 years.
Maryland Rural Health Association (MRHA)
Focuses on developing a broad-based grassroots advocacy effort on rural health issues.
Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers (MACHC)
Works to provide health care services to the medically underserved and uninsured in Maryland and Delaware. MACHC is built on delivering accessible, affordable, cost effective and quality primary health care to those in need in rural and urban communities.
Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center
One of the telehealth resource centers funded by the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. Assists health care organizations, health care networks, and health care providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations. Includes Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware and North Carolina.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A)
Works to improve access to health information for health care providers, librarians, and the public in Alabama, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia.
Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD)
One of four regional rural development centers in the nation. Focuses on rural issues including community and economic development, food systems, natural resources, and entrepreneurship. Serves a 12 state area in the Northeast region which includes CT, DE, MA, NJ, NY, RI, PA, WV, NH, ME, MD, VT.
Rural Maryland Council (RMC)
The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) brings together citizens, community-based organizations, federal, state, county and municipal government officials as well as representatives of the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to collectively address the needs of Rural Maryland communities.
Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP)
Helps rural communities in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida to improve community infrastructure, including water and wastewater treatment.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Maryland
Works to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing. The HUD state office provides information about HUD housing programs and local contacts for the state.
USDA Rural Development Maryland State Office
Committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America. The Rural Development State Office provides information about Rural Development programs and applications for financial assistance.
ERS State Fact Sheet: Maryland
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
Maryland Health Centers Data
Provides access to information on Federally Qualified Health Centers for the state. Includes a map of FQHC locations, as well as information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, patient visits, costs of care, and use of electronic health information.
Maryland KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state.
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to county-level data.
Maryland State Health Facts
The latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Individual state profiles and 50-state comparisons.
National Healthcare Quality Report State Snapshot: Maryland
Health care quality report for the state, based on the National Healthcare Quality Report.
NN/LM Southeastern Atlantic Region: Maryland Resources
Overview of the state, with links to state agencies, health associations, and other resources for Maryland.
Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC)
Comprised of 14 accredited schools of public health that serve in a national capacity to meet preparedness and response training and education needs of the U. S. public health workforce. Funded schools are located in AL, AZ, FL, IA, IL, MA, MD, MN, NY, OK, NC, TX, and WA.
See also: State-by-State Resources: Tools
BJ’s Charitable Foundation
Funding for hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, healthcare, and education to those who are underserved.
Claneil Foundation Special Project Fund
Provides seed funding to emerging nonprofits, or to new projects of established organizations in the areas of education; environment; health and human services; and hunger and nutrition.
Gannett Foundation Community Action Grants
Supports local organizations with funding priority given to programs that focus on education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment.
Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund
Provides grants to rural-serving nonprofit organizations that undertake statewide and regional planning; economic and community development; and agricultural and forestry education projects.
Mission and Ministry Fund Planning and Project Grants
Grants to build community capacity and work in collaboration with others to implement action plans that address specific, documented community needs.
Mission and Ministry Fund Violence Prevention Grant
Funds may be requested to cover the costs of community-based planning, conducting community meetings, assessing community violence-related assets and needs, continuing specific community-based violence prevention efforts and related activities.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeaster/Atlantic Region Funding
Provides funding for National Network of Libraries members located in the Southeaster/Atlantic region to assist them in conducting outreach and technology projects.
Nonprofit Training Resource Fund
Grants to organizations for employees to attend approved classes and courses that will enhance their job performance.
Southeast Rural Community Assistance Loan Fund Program
Provides low-interest loans to low-income rural communities for predevelopment costs, system upgrades and new construction of water and wastewater services and facilities.
Wells Fargo Corporate Giving Programs
Funding for nonprofit organizations in the areas of community development, education, human services, arts and culture, civic responsibility, and environmental consciousness.
Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund
Awards grants in various rural and urban areas where Weyerhaeuser does business. Funds programs that work in the areas of affordable housing and shelter; education and youth development; environmental stewardship; and human services.
Inactive Funding Opportunities -
Lists additional funding programs for this state that are not currently accepting applications. Programs that are inactive may be offered again in the future.
Documents, Reports and Other Publications
Are State Medicaid Managed Care Programs Ready for 2014?: A Review of Eight States
Author(s): Teresa A. Coughlin, Brigette Courtot, Rebecca Peters
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Examines eight states and how they are altering their Medicaid managed care programs to comply with the Affordable Care Act expansion in 2014. Discusses rural throughout. Includes Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Virginia.
Date: 05 / 2013
Building Medical Homes: Lessons from Eight States with Emerging Programs
Author(s): Neva Kaye, Jason Buxbaum, Mary Takach
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
Profiles eight states that are at different stages in the development and implementation of a medical home program. Includes Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia.
Date: 12 / 2011
Demographic and Economic Profile: Maryland
Author(s): Kathleen K. Miller
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
Discusses demographic and economic data including population, race, education, age, poverty, income, and more. Includes maps and graphics.
Date: 02 / 2009
Maryland Rural Health Plan
Sponsoring organization: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Describes Maryland's rural health plan to improve rural health including health priority areas and recommendations for the future.
Date: 06 / 2007
Maryland: 2010 Primary Care Needs Assessment
Sponsoring organization: Maine Primary Care Association
Describes primary care needs in Maryland and places in the state that will receive priority attention to promote access to care in medically underserved areas.
Date: 10 / 2011
Recruiting Local People to Fill Health Care Needs
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Sponsoring organization: Rural Assistance Center
Discusses how frontier and rural health care providers looking for innovative ways to solve increasing workforce shortages, are recruiting and training local people to be health care professionals in their communities. Highlights programs in Nevada, Maryland, and Alaska.
Journal citation: Rural Monitor Volume 2007 Issue Summer
Date: 08 / 2007
Small Business Profile: Maryland
Sponsoring organization: Small Business Administration
Profile of the state's economy, covering the number of firms, industry composition, small business income, banking, women and minority business ownership, and employment.
Date: 2 / 2013
See also: State-by-State Resources: Documents
Children's Regional Oral Health Consortium
The primary goal of the Consortium is to address disparities in access to, and use of, oral health care services for children and low-income families.
Something to Smile About: Preventive Dental Care Project for Garrett County
This network was established to provide dental health care to underserved individuals by utilizing existing private providers and providing additional dental care service through a community dental health center, coordinate community efforts to negotiate with managed care organizations (MCOs) and recruit needed health providers to the area, and develop and conduct a comprehensive education campaign promoting preventive dental health care.
Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) Aging Initiative
This project, Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) Aging Initiative [formerly ACCESS] proposed to expand services that promote independent, unrestricted living for Worcester County’s aging population.