Population Health Workforce Support for Disadvantaged Areas Program (“PWSDA”)

Status Update​

The Population Health Workforce Support for Disadvantaged Areas (PWSDA) program was approved in November 2018 for a 3 year extension through FY 2022 for the Baltimore Population Health Workforce Collaborative.

A summary of FY 2017 and FY 2018 activities under PWSDA and the staff recommendation to extend the grant can be found here.​

Program Overview

On December 9, 2015, the Commission approved the Population Health Work Force Support for Disadvantaged Areas Program and authorized up to $10 million in hospital rates on a competitive basis for hospitals committing to train and hire workers from geographic areas of high economic disparities and unemployment to fill new care coordination, population health, health information exchange, alignment, consumer engagement, and related positions. The ultimate goal is to create community-based jobs with reasonable wages that can contribute to improving population health in Maryland.


Hospitals receiving funding under this program shall report to the Commission by May 1, 2017, and each year thereafter on:

  • the number of workers employed under the program;
  • how many of those workers have been retained;
  • the types of jobs that have been established under the program;
  • how many patients or potential patients have been assisted through these positions; and
  • an estimate of the impact that these positions have had in reducing potentially avoidable utilization or in meeting other objectives of the All-Payer Model.


The program will run through June 30, 2018 on a hospital-specific basis assuming on-going compliance by a hospital with the requirements, and could be renewed as of July 1, 2018 for an additional period if it is found to be effective. The HSCRC will utilize consulting resources to assist in developing and monitoring the program who have expertise in similar work force development activities. The HSCRC will also utilize external resources in collecting and evaluating proposals, reporting on the results of implementing the program, and assisting in evaluating its effectiveness. Hospitals will be required to submit proposals to obtain funding through rates and hospitals will be required to demonstrate how their plans would address the multiple needs of providing population health improvement related jobs to individuals in disadvantaged areas and meeting the objectives of the All-Payer Model.

PWSDA - RFP Requirements 

PWSDA - Appendix A - Budget Template​

Submitted Applications - 2016

Garrett Regional

Baltimore Population Health Workforce Collaborative​