March 2024  |  Issue No. 23

PCC’s 2023 Annual Report Highlights Thirty Years of Community Impact

The Primary Care Coalition’s 2023 Annual Report is now available online. The report highlights how PCC shared solutions beyond Montgomery County when its collaborative care model became an option for Maryland Medicaid recipients on October 1st. It also features information on how PCC addressed the behavioral health crisis through community collaboration.

Because 2023 was PCC’s official 30th Anniversary Year, excerpts from the organization’s heartwarming 30th Anniversary Storytelling Show are woven throughout, providing personal perspectives on why the organization and community have much to celebrate.

Congratulations to Aisha Mason PCC’s Employee of the Year 

Senior Program Manager of Provider Experience Aisha Mason (Robinson) was recently celebrated as the Primary Care Coalition’s 2023 Employee of the Year at a March 14 luncheon at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. Department heads submit nominations for the honor each year, senior directors offer endorsements, and then PCC’s President and Chief Executive Officer makes the selection.

Aisha Mason said that when her department head, Senior Director of Healthcare Access Dr. Veronica Vela, initially notified her of the honor, she was “shocked.” Mason said, “We do so much good work at PCC; it was a nice surprise that I was selected. I wasn’t expecting it.”

Introducing New In-Depth Healthcare Content: PCC’s Brainwaves

Starting in April, the Primary Care Coalition is launching its new monthly deep dive into healthcare issues and policies with Brainwaves. It is available through a free subscription and social media.

Upcoming topics include the challenges in measuring network adequacy, an analysis of Community Health Needs Assessment results, and more. Don’t miss it. Subscribe here today.

Colorectal Cancer Screenings Save Lives

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time to remind everyone that regular screenings save lives.

Three of the Primary Care Coalition’s safety net clinics are participating in a year-long Maryland Colorectal Cancer Control Program (MCRCCP) grant to increase screening rates in Montgomery County. The grant involves implementing evidence-based interventions and quality improvements.

“The participating clinics are significantly increasing their screening rates, some by as much as 50 percent,” said Mary Jane Joseph, PCC project manager. “Because education helps patients understand that screenings improve their health outcomes, clinics are creating new lines of communication. They are also developing new process maps and finding ways to add a sense of camaraderie to attain better screening rates.”

March is Women’s History Month

Celebrate Women’s History this month by visiting places where you can learn about notable Montgomery County residents like Clara Barton and Rachel Carson.

Clara Barton (1821-1912) provided medical care to soldiers during the Civil War and later founded the American Red Cross. The Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo is where she lived the last years of her life and where the American Red Cross began. Guided tours are available through the National Park Service.

Rachel Carson (1907-1964) was a biologist and conservationist who advanced the environmental movement with her book Silent Spring. Visit the 650-acre Rachel Carson Conservation Park, 22201 Zion Road in Olney, to enjoy more than six miles of natural surface trails for hiking, walking, and running and learn about her accomplishments.

March 30, 10-11:30 a.m. Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hike for ages 7 and up. Learn about the experience of 19th-century freedom seekers on a 2-mile hike in Silver Spring at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. The fee is $8 per person. No pets allowed. Register here.

March 30, 12:00-12:30 p.m.Raptor Caretaker Chats for all ages in the Aviary. Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville. Learn how our naturalist staff cares for birds of prey. Free. Register here.

April 7, 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday Serenade with live music by the Eric Scott Band, Cabin John Regional Park Amphitheater. Bring your own snacks, blankets, and lawn chairs. Or indulge in Ella’s Bake Shop offerings. If you miss this event, go to the Sunday Serenade website to see the April schedule.


Job Opportunities

Bilingual Behavioral Health Care Manager (Part-Time 24 hours a Week)

Bilingual Community Health Nurse (Full-Time)

Bilingual Pharmacy Coordinator (Full-Time)

Director of Specialty Care and Medicine Access (Full-Time)

Director, Behavioral Health Program Design and Strategy (Full-Time)

EHR and Improvement Manager (Full-Time)

Lead Service Designer (Full-Time)

Workforce Navigator Manager (Full-Time)


Meet March’s Pet of PCC, Willow! 

She is a cherished family member of Sarah Frazell, PCC’s Director of Behavioral Health. Willow is a rescue cat, adopted from Puerto Rico during the peak of the COVID pandemic. She adores snuggles, treats, and basking in the warmth of cozy spots around her home that include laptops, radiators, and heating pads! Dad joke via Southern Living.


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