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so everyone in Howard County
can live a longer, better life

Our New Strategic Plan

We are excited to announce that we are embarking on our new strategic plan! Click here to learn more about our process, how to participate and get involved.



A Healthier Howard County

The Horizon Foundation is Howard County’s community health foundation. We are committed to improving health through innovative initiatives, collaborative partnerships, strategic grantmaking and thoughtful advocacy. Our work is driven by community needs and is shaped around strategic solutions that promise a significant lasting impact on physical and mental health in Howard County.

As the largest independent health philanthropy in Maryland, we are driven to help everyone in our community – especially those facing the greatest challenges. Learn more about us.

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

The Horizon Foundation recently hosted a community discussion focused on COVID-19 vaccines. We recorded the session and provided information and answers to many common questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Join Horizon’s Nikki Highsmith Vernick as we learn more from Dr. Mohammed Shafeeq Ahmed, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski,  Dr. Ruth Karron, and Dr. Maura Rossman. Featuring opening remarks by County Executive Calvin Ball, this event was co-sponsored by Howard County Health Department and Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.


Million invested in community health


Programs Funded


Percent drop in soda sales


Elementary schools with fresh new lunch menus


Ambassador organizations for advance care planning


Our Initiatives

Featured story

Report: The 2020 Vision for Health in Howard County

Persistent racial disparities in numerous health measures pose challenges and opportunities for Howard County, Maryland, according to a new report released by the Horizon Foundation. The report details inequities in prenatal care and infant health, chronic disease, mental health and advance care planning and also analyzes root causes and calls for specific solutions and broad action by public agencies and others to address them.


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