Arkansas Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Arkansas State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00004
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: 4815 W Markham St., # H-22, Little Rock, AR 72205-3866
Project Director: Tsai Mei Lin
Phone Number: (501) 661-2514

Project Description

In recognition of the health, medical and other needs of Arkansas mothers, children and infants, many different agencies and divisions throughout state government provide a broad range of support services. Since many, perhaps most, service recipients are enrolled in multiple programs; the efficiency and effectiveness of those programs can be greatly improved if the presently independent information systems could be linked together. Arkansas SSDI focuses on providing MCH programs with access to relevant timely data and information to monitor health indicators and to develop innovative programs and policies directed toward improving the health of mother and child population. The overarching purpose of SSDI is to support the MCH-related data systems and maintain an environment that accepts additional updates that can be integrated efficiently into the process.

Project Title: Emergency Medical Services for Children

Grant Number: H33MC11303
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Arkansas Department of Health
Address: 4815 W Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205-3866
Project Director: Christy Kresse
Phone Number: (501) 661-2178

Project Description

The EMSC Program in Arkansas is currently working to assist EMS providers across the state to enhance the care of pediatric patients and to reduce morbidity and mortality as a result of injury and illness. Our program continues to work in conjunction with all EMS associations, sub-committees and work groups to support pediatric education for both the pre-hospital providers and other healthcare professionals throughout the state of Arkansas. Injuries represent one of the state’s leading causes of death and disability. Moreover, the overall injury fatality rate in Arkansas is nearly 50% higher than the national average, and the injury fatality rate for motor vehicle crashes(the second most common injury mechanism in the state)is nearly 60% higher than the national average. Pre-hospital times are long, and the preventable mortality rate is, in all likelihood, quite high.

Project Title: Mississippi County Healthy Start Initiative

Grant Number: H49MC00093
Project Start Date: November 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Address: P.O. Box 1289, Blytheville, AR 72316-1289
Project Director: Nakitha Scott
Phone Number: (870) 776-1054

Project Description

African American infants in the project area were at higher risk of a birth weight of less than 2500 grams and be delivered at less than 38 weeks of gestation. Black fetal and infant death rates are also higher than white rates.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Screening Hearing Program

Grant Number: H61MC00076
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Address: 4815 W Markham St., # H-22, Little Rock, AR 72205-3866
Project Director: Kimberly McCray-Scott
Phone Number: (501) 280-4753

Project Description

The IHP strives to ensure all newborns are screened for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge. Follow-up education is provided to healthcare providers and families of newborns who do not pass the hearing screen enabling them to receive timely follow-up screening and/or diagnostic evaluation and early intervention (EI) services if needed.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC12900
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Arkansas Disability Coalition
Address: 1123 S University Ave., STE 225, Little Rock, AR 72204-1605
Project Director: Lynne McAllester
Phone Number: (501) 614-7020

Project Description

Maintain and continue expanding the activities and efforts of the current Family-2-Family Health Information Center of Arkansas that serves families of children with special health care needs and the professionals that serve them.

Project Title: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND)

Grant Number: T73MC11045
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Address: 4301 W Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205-7101
Project Director: Jill Fussell
Phone Number: (501) 231-5695

Project Description

Children in AR and MS have less access to health care, may be less likely to seek health services, and are more numerous, more ethnically diverse and poorer than the country as a whole.  All of these factors translate into more children with developmental problems who are likely to seek and receive services later than the optimal time.  There is a need for a trained, committed work force of health professionals who will work toward development of comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, culturally-competent services, which meet the needs of children and families using interdisciplinary team assessments.  Specific to autism, there is a great need for additional capacity to identify, diagnose, rule out, assess co-morbid conditions, and intervene with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Project Title: Heartland Regional Genetics Network

Grant Number: UH7MC30777
Project Start Date: June 1, 2017
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Address: 4301 W Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205-7101
Project Director: Lori W. Dean
Phone Number: (501) 526-7700

Project Description

Medical Genetics faces significant challenges as a result of a sustained workforce shortage, rapid advances in genetic testing, and integration with other medical specialties (e.g., wellness, psychiatry, cardiology, internal medicine, neurology).  Consequence include lengthy wait times for appointments, the potential for misinterpretation of genetic test results, non-genetics providers with limited genetic knowledge or experience as the sole option for many to bridge the gap in care deliver. Thus, strategies to increase access to genetics services for the general population must extend beyond efforts aimed at increasing referrals. The RGN is in a unique position to successfully intervene at the community level, as a number of its investigators have already built productive and effective partnerships with non-genetics providers in their own clinical practices or via telemedicine. These partnerships have expanded the capacity to serve patients with genetic conditions.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020