Alabama Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Training Program

Grant Number: T79MC00011
Project Start Date: July 01, 1993
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
Address: 3rd Ave S Birmingham AL 35294
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 equate to translatability 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: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00001
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Address: Monroe St Montgomery AL 36104
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: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC27827
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: BIRMINGHAM HEALTHY START PLUS INC
Address: 52nd St S Birmingham AL 35222
Project Director: Rickey G Green
Phone Number: (205) 324-4133
Email: rgreenbhsplus2013@yahoo.com

Project Description

In the targeted Project area of Birmingham, Fairfield and Bessemer, for 2013-2015, the combined three-year infant mortality rate (IMR) for the combined PA was 14.4 deaths per 1,000 live births with 108 infant deaths occurring during this same time period. These levels significantly exceed the IMR of 8.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, and 20 infant deaths, which are the minimum eligibility criteria identified within the program guidance. This data documents and confirms that the proposed PA within Jefferson County experiences infant deaths at a rate that is clearly more than 1.5 times the national average.

Project Title: Pediatric Pulmonary Centers

Grant Number: T72MC00001
Project Start Date: July 01, 1990
Project End Date: June 30, 2020
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
Address: 3rd Ave S Birmingham AL 35294
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: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

Grant Number: U4CMC32312
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: September 29, 2023
Organization: ALABAMA DEPT OF MENTAL HEALTH
Address: 100 N Union St Montgomery AL 36104
Project Director: Jane B Duer
Phone Number: (205) 478-4756
Email: jane.duer@mh.alabama.gov

Project Description

The mental health (MH) system in Alabama is in crisis. Our state ranks at or near the bottom in virtually every relevant measure of access to MH services for all of our citizens, but especially for children. Fifty-nine of Alabama's 67 counties are rural and nearly all qualify as medically underserved. Indeed, Alabama's shortage of MH professionals ranks as the most dire in the nation. There is not an established infrastructure to help children and youth address the growing stress points in their lives. Long wait times for MH appointments delay critical interventions which lead to an increasing crush in the state's lone pediatric ER at Children's Hospital of Alabama and some regional hospital ERs without pediatric expertise. Alabama's rural profile, coupled with a population that ranks near the bottom in many socio­economic categories, makes transportation and availability of care even more challenging. Only recently has telehealth been recognized as reimbursable by Ala. Medicaid & BCBS

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00054
Project Start Date: March 31, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: AL ST DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Address: Monroe St Montgomery AL 36104
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: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program

Grant Number: X10MC33563
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: Early Childhood Education, Alabama Department Of
Address: P.O. BOX 302755 MONTGOMERY AL 36130
Project Director: Dianna Tullier
Phone Number: (334) 353-2707
Email: dianna.tullier@ece.alabama.gov

Project Description

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program supports the delivery of coordinated and comprehensive high-quality and voluntary early childhood home visiting services to eligible families living in at-risk communities. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which administers this program in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families, funds states, territories, and tribal entities to develop and implement evidence-based programs that best meet the needs of their communities.

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program

Grant Number: T76MC00008
Project Start Date: October 01, 1983
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
Address: 3rd Ave S Birmingham AL 35294
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.

Project Title: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program

Grant Number: T73MC00003
Project Start Date: July 01, 1990
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
Address: 3rd Ave S Birmingham AL 35294
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: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC12901
Project Start Date: June 01, 2009
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Family Voices of Alabama Inc.
Address: Government St Mobile AL 36604
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: Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH)

Grant Number: T71MC24209
Project Start Date: July 01, 2012
Project End Date: June 30, 2022
Organization: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Address: 7th Ave S Birmingham AL 35233
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: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC27816
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: GIFT OF LIFE FOUNDATION
Address: Carmichael Way Montgomery AL 36106
Project Director: Nancy Lee
Phone Number: nlee@golfound.org
Email: nlee@golfound.org

Project Description

Unhealthy behaviors, poverty, unmanaged chronic diseases and low education attainment, and teen pregnancy are contributing factors for higher infant mortality rates, particularly among Black women. The Black infant mortality rate has been traditionally disproportionately high, however, in 2016, the infant mortality rate almost doubled for Black infants at 15.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births compared to 6.5 infant deaths per 1,000 live births for White infants. Ten percent of babies born in Alabama (2014) were considered low birth weight compared to 12.2% for Montgomery County. Preterm birth and low birth weight are contributing factors to infant mortality The goal of the project is to improve women’s health outcomes and reduce racial/ethnic disparity in infant mortality and adverse perinatal outcomes in Montgomery County, Alabama by providing a comprehensive system of case management/care coordination that includes outreach and education.

Project Title: MCH Pipeline Training Program

Grant Number: T16MC06955
Project Start Date: June 01, 2006
Project End Date: May 31, 2021
Organization: ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
Address: Montgomery AL 36101
Project Director: Charlene Portee
Phone Number: cportee@alasu.edu
Email: cportee@alasu.edu

Project Description

The majority of the State of AL has been classified as a 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: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC06713
Project Start Date: March 01, 2006
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Address: Monroe St Montgomery AL 36104
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.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020