November 2023  |  Issue No. 20

PCC’s Annual Storytelling Show Featured Six Stories from a Community of Health

The Primary Care Coalition’s 2023 Storytelling Show, Stronger Together, was quite possibly its best yet. The annual fundraising event offers an entertaining evening of heartwarming, funny, and inspirational stories. The event showcases the PCC employees and partners people who make up our local safety net, taking the stage to tell their true stories for a shared cause.

This year’s featured storytellers included three employees from PCC and three from partner organizations. Among them was PCC’s President and CEO Leslie Graham, who talked about the kind gesture of a girl in her class and how that led to a lifelong friendship with six other women that has sustained them through the travails of life. Mary Joseph, who manages multiple projects at PCC, told the story of how persistence, boxes of doughnuts, and persuasiveness allowed her to overcome resistance in a project that required buy-in from all parties and achieve full collaboration. PCC’s Director of Workforce Capacity Liza Greenberg shared how the hard lessons learned as a clinical nurse shaped her perspective on health care.  

PCC Receives $1.3 Million Grant to Build an Inclusive Healthcare Workforce

The Primary Care Coalition (PCC) was awarded a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for its “Building an Inclusive Health Care Workforce: Community Project Workforce Program.” A partnership with the Nexus Montgomery Regional Partnership and Montgomery College, the two-year program to train 200 diverse new healthcare workers starts December 1. 

The grant program will provide scholarships for training costs and wraparound services (food assistance, childcare, and other resources) for 200 underrepresented residents who reflect the diversity of our community to train as phlebotomy techs, certified nursing assistants or geriatric nursing assistants at Montgomery College. Nexus Montgomery hospitals will provide job placement and additional clinical training opportunities, and PCC will partner with community-based organizations to recruit and support training participants. 

The Workforce program uses Montgomery College’s existing application and scholarship process, as well as its certification/degree programs. Building on successful pilot experience in partnership with the American Muslim Senior Society and WorkSource Montgomery, the program creates a model for other industries that are seeking to strengthen their talent pipeline.

Support Connection on Giving Tuesday, November 28

November 28 is Giving Tuesday. Don’t miss the opportunity to support the Primary Care Coalition's work to connect residents in need with community partners who stand ready to serve.

PCC and our partners—from grassroots community organizations to county government and hospital systems—have built an incredible local safety net that serves nearly 3% of Montgomery County residents. This is not work PCC does alone (hence, the Stronger Together storytelling theme), but our role needs support to keep meeting current and emerging needs. Every donation adds up, so please consider a gift that will strengthen our community of health. Please consider donating online or contributing in other ways. 

November 17–December 31, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Garden of Lights, Brookside Gardens. Open every night except November 20-23 and December 24-25, the gardens are transformed into a half-mile magical walk-through winter wonderland. Tickets are $10 each and are available through Eventbrite

November 24–December 22,
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m
., Holiday Fine Arts and Gifts Craft Show, Sandy Spring Museum, featuring more than 40 artisans.

November 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Read to a Dog – In Person, Wheaton Library. Children from kindergarten through fifth grade can gain confidence by reading to a certified therapy dog.

November 30, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Tech Time, Brigadier General Charles E. McGee Library, Room 4-08, for adults who need help with their smartphone, tablet, computer, or eReader. Assistance is available one-on-one in 15-minute increments to walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis or by appointment on Thursday evenings at this time by contacting the 4th-floor information desk at 240-773-9420.

Montgomery County Recreation Guides detail upcoming recreation classes, programs, activities, and events.

Montgomery Parks offers public ice skating schedules at the Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena. Lessons are also available at Cabin John and Wheaton.


Introducing Pets of PCC

This month’s featured pet is Dolce, new addition to Development Manager Kristine Gallagher Sargsyan's family. Dad joke via Good HousekeepingEnjoy!


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