Alabama Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Alabama's State System Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00001
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Address: 201 Monroe St., STE 1050, Montgomery, AL 36104-3735
Project Director: Chris Haag
Phone Number: (334) 206-5331
Email: chris.haag@adph.state.al.us

Project Description

The overall purpose of the proposed project is to develop, enhance, and expand state Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) data capacity for its needs assessment and performance measure reporting in the Title V MCH Block Grant program to allow for informed decision making and resource allocation that supports effective, efficient and quality programming for women, infants, children, and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs.

Project Title: Alabama Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership Grant

Grant Number: H33MC06713
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Address: 201 Monroe St., STE 1050, Montgomery, AL 36104-3735
Project Director: Katherine D. Hert
Phone Number: (334) 206-7063
Email: Katherine.Hert@adph.state.al.us

Project Description

The current problems include potential deficits in pediatric equipment and education among pre-hospital providers and lack of complete integration of EMS for Children program priorities in the state EMS system.

Project Title: Leadership Education in MCH Nutrition Training Program

Grant Number: T79MC00011
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
Address: 1530 3rd Ave S. Birmingham, AL 35294-0002
Project Director: Krista Casazza
Phone Number: (205) 638-6856
Email: kcasazza@peds.uab.edu

Project Description

Maternal and child health (MCH) nutrition leaders have unique and valuable knowledge in the biological, physiological and psychosocial determinants of health, life course initiatives. This knowledge allows MCH nutrition leaders to link epidemiology to public health practice. However, knowledge alone does not automatically translate to the contemporary maternal and child demographic who seek an active role in coordinating a health plan. Rather, nutrition leaders must capitalize on the skills to execute comprehensive and effective food and nutrition programs, policies, systems, and environmental change strategies that support healthy lifestyles and prevention of nutrition-related chronic diseases. The purpose of UAB’s Training Program is to train MCH nutrition leaders to ensure a highly qualified nutrition workforce to provide care in diverse clinical, community, and public health settings, and to match the demographics of and to meet the emerging needs of the entire MCH population.

Project Title: Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

Grant Number: H49MC27816
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: GIFT OF LIFE FOUNDATION
Address: 1348 Carmichael Way, Montgomery, AL 36106-3694
Project Director: Regina Traylor
Phone Number: (334) 273-3084
Email: rtraylor@golfound.org

Project Description

The Montgomery 2007 infant mortality rate for African Americans was unacceptably high at 13.0. This project will provide risk-based, evidence-based enabling services so that pregnant and parenting clients have access to education, support and resources to address toxic stressors and reduce health disparities.

Project Title: Alabama Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Project

Grant Number: H61MC00054
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: AL ST DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Address: 201 Monroe St., Montgomery, AL 36104-3735
Project Director: Rachael Montgomery
Phone Number: (334) 206-5955
Email: rachael.montgomery@adph.state.al.us

Project Description

The proposed project of the Alabama Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program addresses the hearing health care needs of infants who are deaf or hard of hearing. The healthcare needs of infants with hearing loss include timely screening, diagnosis, referral to early intervention, and access to specialty services such as family support services. The project's goal is to improve timely screening, diagnosis, and referral to early intervention based on the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) 1-3-6 guidelines, as well as to improve family and audiology provider engagement in the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) system.

Project Title: Alabama Family to Family Health Information Center (ALF2FHIC)

Grant Number: H84MC12901
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Family Voices of Alabama Inc.
Address: 1050 Government St., Mobile, AL 36604-2404
Project Director: Gerald G. Oveson
Phone Number: (251) 455-6760
Email: oveson@bellsouth.net

Project Description

How to promote optimal health for CYSHCN by helping families and health professionals to partner in health care decision-making and facilitating access to cost-effective, quality health care.

Project Title: MCH Pipeline Training Program

Grant Number: T16MC06955
Project Start Date: June 1, 2016
Project End Date: May 31, 2021
Organization: ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
Address: PO BOX 271, Montgomery, AL 36101-0271
Project Director: Charlene Portee
Phone Number: (334) 229-8818
Email: crwaters@alasu.edu

Project Description

The majority of the State of Alabama has been classified as an MU Area and has a HPSA designation. The decline of a racially diverse healthcare workforce contributes to racial inequalities in healthcare. This project promotes the development of culturally diverse and representative MCH professionals.

Project Title: UAB Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH)

Grant Number: T71MC24209
Project Start Date: July 1, 2017
Project End Date: June 30, 2022
Organization: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Address: 1600 7th Ave S., #CPPI-410 Birmingham, AL 35233-1711
Project Director: Tina Y. Simpson
Phone Number: (205) 638-9345
Email: tsimpson@peds.uab.edu

Project Description

Today’s adolescents struggle with a wide range of health care needs related to a variety of social, economic, and environmental factors. For youth with disabilities, these problems are compounded. Adolescents in the southeastern (SE) US are particularly plagued by these health concerns. When a teen is poor, minority, rural, lower educated and uninsured, health outcomes are worse. The SE region remains the poorest region in the US, and teens in the South have higher rates of obesity, adverse reproductive health outcomes, and unmet mental health care needs. A need exists for leaders to be trained, in the South, to address these significant health disparities.

Project Title: University of Alabama at Birmingham Pediatric Pulmonary Center

Grant Number: T72MC00001
Project Start Date: July 1, 2015
Project End Date: June 30, 2020
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
Address: 1530 3rd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35294-0002
Project Director: Robert B. Troxler
Phone Number: (205) 638-9583
Email: btroxler@peds.uab.edu

Project Description

Children with chronic respiratory illnesses comprise a significant, growing subset of the total number of CSHCN. These conditions include asthma, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), Cystic Fibrosis (CF), sleep-disordered breathing, and technology –dependent children with chronic respiratory insufficiency due to neuromuscular disease, congenital anomalies, and parenchymal lung diseases. The pediatric pulmonary workforce demographics reflect a contracture, not an increase, for this subspecialty. Only about half of hospital referral regions have access to a pediatric pulmonologist. The UAB PPC aims to fill this gap by providing training for pediatric pulmonologists, advanced practice nurses, nutritionists, family leaders, respiratory therapists, and social workers who can provide leadership in creating systems of care which reflect critical MCH values such as interprofessional, family-centered, culturally competent care for vulnerable CSHCN.

Project Title: UAB LEND

Grant Number: T73MC00003
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
Address: Grants and Contract Admin. 1530 3rd Ave S. Birmingham, AL 35294-0002
Project Director: Fred Biasini
Phone Number: (205) 934-9465
Email: fbiasini@uab.edu

Project Description

Alabama's children are at high risk for neurodevelopmental disorders due to limited economic, educational and health care resources. This increases the risk for developmental delays. In addition, personnel shortages are in areas needed to diagnosis and treat children with special health care needs.

Project Title: UAB Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Science & Practice (CoE)

Grant Number: T76MC00008
Project Start Date: June 1, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
Address: 1530 3rd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35294-0002
Project Director: Martha S. Wingate
Phone Number: (205) 934-6783
Email: mslay@uab.edu

Project Description

The MCH population in the South faces more challenges compared to other regions of the US. This program's previous success, combined with its curriculum, research- & practice-focus, & leadership expertise, shows a commitment to develop the future & current workforce to address MCH challenges. Although the Project Abstract limits the discussion of how we work to address these challenges to only 5 Aims, our methodology includes 2 additional Aims: (6) Provide Title V/MCH program-targeted CE & TA to enhance MCH systems & (7) Conduct research & other scholarly activities to develop & disseminate new knowledge related to MCH population health, services & policies. Specific & measurable objectives guide the activities that help the UAB CoE meet all 7 Aims.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020