2016-2017 Highlights


This has been a phenomenal year for Mary's Center, with impressive growth, and national and regional recognition for the impact that our entire team, including our Board of Directors, has on our programs. Our staff and Board Members are truly visionary leaders.

New Center Increases Access to Behavioral Health Services

To help alleviate the shortage of affordable mental health services in our region, Mary's Center opened a dedicated 3,205-square-foot behavioral health center at our headquarters in Adams Morgan in June 2016. The additional space has allowed Mary's Center to hire additional therapists, increasing our capacity to see over 3,000 individuals annually. The center boasts a room for Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral challenges, thanks to the generosity of the Maximus Foundation. Other services offered include Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid-heroin abuse, the School-Based Mental Health program, Integrated Behavioral Health, and behavioral health services for active duty military personnel, reservists and veterans through the Health for Heroes initiative.


A receptionist welcomes a participant to the new Behavioral Health Center.

New Location in Montgomery County

In late Fall 2018, Mary's Center will open a new site in Maryland that will replace the overcrowded Silver Spring site and increase access to care for Montgomery County residents. The new 23,365-square-foot building is located at 344 University Boulevard West (at Four Corners and will offer medical, behavioral health and social services at first, followed by dental care. We are very grateful to the following supporters for helping us to bring this project to fruition:

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Adventist Health Care
The Meltzer Group
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Delta Dental Foundation


In-House Pharmacy Opens Doors to Wellness

It's easier than ever for our participants to fill their prescriptions, thanks to our in-house Mary's Center Pharmacy, opened in September 2017 at our Petworth location. This service is improving health outcomes by increasing coordination between providers and the pharmacist, while making pharmaceuticals available and affordable to everyone, including those with Medicaid, Medicare and commercial insurance.


Pharmacy Manager Maria Thompson (center) and her team.

Making an Impact in Fort Totten

Mary's Center's comprehensive Social Change Model – integrating healthcare, education and social services – is making a difference in the Fort Totten community of Ward 5 in DC. In its first 10 months of operations, nearly 10,000 participants have been seen in over 34,000 encounters, with dental caries, obesity, hypertension and diabetes being some of the main conditions treated.


Telemedicine and Telebehavioral Health
Increase Access to Care

Mary's Center launched telemedicine and telebehavioral Health programs to reduce barriers to care. The programs help participants who struggle to get to our centers due to difficulties with physical mobility, transportation or lack of childcare services, just to name a few. Medical and behavioral health providers deliver services using interactive audio, video, or other electronic media for diagnosis, consultation and treatment.

We launched Telemedicine thanks to an early partnership with AmeriHealth, one of Washington, DC's Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). In addition to serving AmeriHealth patients, we also serve enrollees with Trusted, another Medicaid MCO. As the program grows and we demonstrate its success in keeping individuals healthy and away from the emergency room, we hope that it becomes a standard of care for one of our hardest to reach populations in the region.

Learn more about our Telemedicine program.
Read a Telemedicine success story.



On Veteran's Day in 2016, we launched Health for Heroes, a new initiative to provide medical, dental and mental health care, as well as social services, to veterans and active duty military personnel, reservists and their families. Mary's Center is also conducting outreach to the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex) community to eliminate barriers to care.

In addition, we are increasing our efforts to reduce HIV infections among women of color in Washington, DC, thanks to a $125,000 "DC PrEP for Women Initiative" grant from the Washington AIDS Partnership, the largest private funder of HIV/AIDS prevention, education and advocacy services in the District.


Briya PCS Builds on its Existing Strength to Bolster its Partnership With Mary's Center

This year, Mary's Center's education partner Briya Public Charter School celebrated expanding its reach to over 600 families through four locations in the District of Columbia, and maintaining a Tier One ranking for its consistent high academic performance.

Briya was founded as Even Start in 1989, with approximately 40 students attending the school during its first year.

In 1999 Briya formed a partnership with Mary's Center around a shared model of social change: improving family outcomes and building better futures through access to education, health care, and social services. Many participants use Mary's Center services and are enrolled in early childhood, family literacy and workforce development programs at Briya, enabling them to get a good educational foundation and access better-paying jobs. In fact, some graduates of Briya's Medical Assistant training program are subsequently employed by Mary's Center. Exciting plans are underway to introduce a Dental Assistant training program, offering graduates the possibility of working at one of Mary's Center's state-of-the-art dental suites. The school also plans to create pathways to college entry for its students.

We congratulate the Briya team on their success and thank them for enhancing the impact of Mary's Center's model.

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Mary's Center Recognized by GreatNonprofits

Mary's Center has been named a 2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits! It's the second year in a row that we have received the recognition, which is based on positive reviews. GreatNonprofits is the leading developer of tools that allow people to find, review, and share information about nonprofits.


Mary's Center WIC Program Wins USDA Breastfeeding Award

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) presented Mary's Center's WIC Program with the Loving Support of Excellence Gold Award in August 2017 for exemplary breastfeeding support and practices.


Mary's Center Wins Major Awards from UnidosUS (formerly NCLR)

Mary's Center was named the 2017 UnidosUS Southeast Affiliate of the Year in recognition of our exemplary work in serving the community and advancing the mission of UnidosUS. Mary's Center was also awarded UnidosUS's Helen Rodríguez-Trías Health Award for our commitment to promoting health equity and improving the health and well-being of Latinos, through our culturally relevant outreach, education and care coordination efforts.


CEO Honored for Contribution to DC Metro Region

Our President and CEO, Maria Gomez, was recognized as one of the 100 most influential individuals for Hispanic communities in the Washington metro area by El Tiempo Latino newspaper at its Powermeter 100 event in June 2017.

Ms. Gomez also received the 2017 Standing Up for DC Champion Award from DC Appleseed in September 2017, honoring her as an outstanding individual who has worked with partner agencies to improve the city and the region.


Mary's Center Receives Board Leadership and Management Accolades

Our Board of Directors received an Honorable Mention in the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's 2017 Board Leadership Award competition, in recognition of their role in building and sustaining a successful organization.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement also gave Mary's Center an Honorable Mention in its 2017 Advancement in Management (AIM) Award, for outstanding achievement in organizational management.


Addiction Specialist Recognized for Service to the Community

Our Addiction Specialist-Care Coordinator, Maria Paige received the Purple Wave Festival 2017 Latino Community Service Award from the District of Columbia Recovery Advisory Council (DC RAC) in September 2017 for her dedication to providing comprehensive behavioral health services to the community. Maria and the Mary's Center Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) team are making a difference in our region, helping participants find freedom from substance abuse.


Mary's Center Recognized for Service to Maryland Communities

Mary's Center was honored to receive a Certificate of Recognition from the Comptroller of Maryland, Peter Franchot in June 2017. Franchot thanked Mary's Center for "over two decades of extraordinary service and care for some of our region's most underserved communities." He also commended our staff and the work they do. "The staff and programs of Mary's Center have enhanced thousands of lives and continue to be a shining example of how to build a stronger, more inclusive community."

In addition, in January 2017, Montgomery County's Chief of Police, Tom Manger, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Mary's Center in recognition of the support our team provided to the victims of the Silver Spring apartment explosion in August 2016.


Chief Medical Officer Named a Washingtonian Top Doctor

Dr. Tollie B. Elliott, an obstetrician/gynecologist and Mary's Center's Chief Medical Officer, was named one of Washingtonian magazine's Top Doctors for 2016! Dr. Elliott is part of an elite group of 1,900 physicians that are considered the region's very best by their peers, that is, doctors other physicians would send their own family members to.


Communications Team wins Marketing Award

Mary's Center's Communications department was named Washington DC's Most Innovative PR & Marketing Team – 2016 by Corporate America Magazine. The New York-based magazine commended the department for its creativity in promoting Mary's Center's work and for helping the organization to become more visible to stakeholders.



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