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Program Description

  Office of Community Affairs

This Office supports the Department's vision of building a healthy, safe, and strong community. Its mission is to promote health equity, improve quality of services, and increase individual and family self-sufficiency, especially among racial and ethnic minorities and low-income communities. The Office accomplishes its mission by fostering strong partnerships to provide education, outreach, system navigation, effective referrals, language assistance, and policy advocacy. It consists of the Community Action Agency, Head Start, Takoma-East Silver Spring (TESS) Center, the Leadership Institute of Equity and Elimination of Disparities, the African American Health Program, the Latino Health Initiative, and the Asian American Health Initiative.

Program Contacts

Contact Victoria Buckland of the HHS - Administration and Support at 240.777.1211 or Joshua Watters of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2768 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Percentage of African Americans who demonstrate an increase in knowledge after taking diabetes education classes 1N/A85909090
Percentage of changes in health behaviors as a result of the Latino Youth Wellness Program5854565757
Percentage of individuals who accessed services as a result of contacting the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) Patient Navigator Program Multilingual Health Information and Referral Telephone Line9599959595
1  This measure was revised during FY18. As the mechanism for measurement has changed, FY18 should be considered a new baseline year.

Program Budget Changes

FY20 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved1006413642.50
Increase Cost: African American Health Program Enhancements (Annualization of FY19 Special Appropriation, Resolution 18-1302)1585000.00
Enhance: African American Health Program Enhancement500000.00
Enhance: Asian American Health Initiative Program Enhancement500000.00
Enhance: Latino Health Initiative Program Enhancement500000.00
Increase Cost: Inflationary Increase to African American Health Program Service Provider Contract390000.00
Increase Cost: Replace Grant Funding Reduction for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program with General Funds221200.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.6019420.00
FY20 Approved1103569842.50