Colorado Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Colorado Maternal and Child Health State Systems Development Initiative Project FY2018 - FY2022

Grant Number: H18MC00006
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: COLORADO STATE DEPT/PUB HLTH & ENVIRONMENT
Address: Colorado Department of Health and Environment, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246
Project Director: Rachel Hutson
Phone Number: (303) 692-2365
Email: rachel.hutson@state.co.us

Project Description

SSDI funds will be used to develop, enhance, and expand Title V capacity, enhancing informed decision making and resource allocation to support programming for women, infants, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs.

Project Title: Colorado EMS for Children State Partnership Grant

Grant Number: H33MC31619
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, THE
Address: Mail Stop F428, Anschutz Medical Campus, Building 500, 13001 East 17th Place, Room W1124, Aurora, CO 80045-2571
Project Director: Kathleen M. Adelgais
Phone Number: (801) 450-9262
Email: Kathleen.Adelgais@childrenscolorado.org

Project Description

The purpose of the Colorado EMS for children State Partnership Program is to expand and improve emergency medical services for children who need treatment for trauma or emergency medical care. This program aims to improve systems of emergency pediatric care by focusing on electronic health information systems, coordination of care, increased education for the emergency care workforce, integration of pediatric care components, and outcome improvement through quality improvement initiatives. Progress is continually measured against national performance measures and program objectives established by HRSA.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC28442
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: HIGHPOINTE CENTER
Address: Family Voices Colorado, 7323 S. Alton Way, Ste A, Centennial, CO 80112-2310
Project Director: Tom Rose
Phone Number: (303) 733-3000
Email: tom@familyvoicesco.org

Project Description

Colorado families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) consistently report that they have difficulty accessing information, referrals, screenings, transition services, health insurance benefits, and other services they need. Families may face additional barriers due to language or cultural differences, scarcity of services in rural and frontier communities, multiple diagnoses and lack of service coordination among systems, and an absence of adult health care providers equipped to handle medically complex young adults who need to transition out of pediatric care. System changes also impact families and their ability to access care, and during the last few years the systems have changed substantially with more change to come.

Project Title: A Developmental Perspective in Child Welfare: Caregiver Risk as Determinants of Children’s Health

Grant Number: R40MC31758
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2019
Organization: COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
Address: 200 W. Lake St., Fort Collins, CO 80521
Project Director: Samantha M. Brown
Phone Number: (509) 430-8636
Email: samantha.brown@colostate.edu

Project Description

Child welfare-involved children are a particularly vulnerable population with disproportionately high rates of socio-emotional, mental, and physical health need. Yet, few studies have examined the extent to which caregiver risk and protective factors influence health disparities in child welfare-involved children. This study aims to identify caregiver risk and protective factors affecting child health outcomes in order to promote healthy development and inform developmental health screening for this vulnerable population.

Project Title: Colorado Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Grant Number: T77MC25731
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, THE
Address: 6508 PO Box, Aurora, CO 80045-0508
Project Director: Sandra Friedman
Phone Number: (720) 777-6636
Email: sandra.friedman@childrenscolorado.org

Project Description

There is a workforce shortage of Developmental Behavioral Pediatricians to address the developmental and behavioral needs of children with ASD/DD/SHCN in the country, Rocky Mt. region, and Colorado, which has rural and frontier areas where significant disparities exist to meet the needs of this group of children and youth.

Project Title: Supporting State Maternal and Child Health Policy Innovation Program

Grant Number: U1XMC31659
Project Start Date: May 1, 2018
Project End Date: April 30, 2023
Organization: NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES
Address: 7700 East 1st Place, Denver, CO 80230
Project Director: Tahra Johnson
Phone Number: (303) 856-1389
Email: tahra.johnson@ncsl.org

Project Description

The United States ranks poorly among nations for many MCH health indicators, including infant mortality, low birthweight, maternal mortality, childhood obesity, access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, and other indicators. Many opportunities exist to improve health status among MCH populations, and state policies play important roles.
Policies that promote healthy children, address preconception health among teens and women, ensure good prenatal care, and provide support services for new moms and families can improve MCH health indicators. Children’s health during the prenatal, infancy and early childhood periods influences their health throughout life. Many policies and state initiatives have proven effective to ensure that mothers give birth to healthy babies and provide them with a strong start. Investments in the health of pregnant women can save money by averting more costly health problems and the need for expensive treatment and other support services.

Project Title: Children's Oral Healthcare Access Program

Grant Number: H47MC28479
Project Start Date: August 1, 2015
Project End Date: July 31, 2019
Organization: PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT, COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246
Project Director: Katya Mauritson
Phone Number: (303) 692-2569
Email: Katya.Mauriston@state.co.us

Project Description

Multiple factors influence the lack of oral health care and disease prevention among pregnant women and young children. Populations most at risk for oral health problems often have limited or no access to a dental provider because of financial or geographic factors. These at-risk populations also may have limited understanding of the importance of oral health and limited skills for oral health self-care. In addition, dental providers are often hesitant to treat pregnant women and infants. This can be attributable to a lack of understanding of the importance of oral health care for these groups as well as fears about liability and safety. Furthermore, many dental and medical providers do not have the cultural and linguistic competence to meet the needs of Hispanic patients, a population at higher risk for oral health problems in Colorado.

Project Title: Colorado Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Programs

Grant Number: H61MC25317
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, THE
Address: 13001 OFFICE OF GRANTS AND CONTRACTS, MAIL STOP F428, BLDG 50, 13001 E. 17TH PLACE AURORA, CO 80045
Project Director: Vickie Thomson
Phone Number: (303) 724-1968
Email: vickie.thomson@ucdenver.edu

Project Description

The overarching goal of the CO EHDI program is to develop a statewide system of care that will ensure children who are deaf and hard of hearing will receive timely and appropriate services that will optimize their language, literacy and social-emotional development.

Project Title: F2F HIC

Grant Number: H84MC32741
Project Start Date: June 1, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Colorado Boys Ranch Foundation
Address: 12567 W. Cedar Dr., Lakewood, CO 80228-2009
Project Director: Javi P. Dolif
Phone Number: (303) 733-3000
Email: jdolif@youthconnect.org

Project Description

Colorado families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) consistently report that they have difficulty accessing information, referrals, screenings, transition services, health insurance benefits, and other services they need. Families may face additional barriers due to language or cultural differences, scarcity of services in rural and frontier communities, multiple diagnoses and lack of service coordination among systems, and an absence of adult health care providers equipped to handle medically complex young adults who need to transition out of pediatric care. System changes also impact families and their ability to access care, and during the last few years the systems have changed substantially with more change to come.

Project Title: Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas Through Education and Training Program

Grant Number: T04MC26890
Project Start Date: June 1, 2014
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, THE
Address: 13001 E. 17th Pl, Aurora, CO 80045-2570
Project Director: Elizabeth Greenwell
Phone Number: (303) 919-5150
Email: Elizabeth.Greenwell@ucdenver.edu

Project Description

The current MCH public health workforce serving isolated rural and tribal communities in the Rocky Mountain region has limited access to advanced education and training. This project links state-of-the-art graduate level public health distance learning to diverse, hard-to-reach MCH workers.

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

Grant Number: T73MC11044
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER
Address: Mail Stop Code: F428Division Line:Grants and Contracts, PO BOX 6508 Aurora, CO 80045-0508
Project Director: Sandra Friedman
Phone Number: (720) 777-6636
Email: sandra.friedman@childrenscolorado.org

Project Description

Children, adolescents and young adults with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities (ASD/DD) and their families experience significant, pervasive health disparities and inequities, which are particularly exacerbated among those of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. There are insufficient numbers of interdisciplinary professionals prepared in leadership and ASD/DD content to address the needs for the population of individuals with ASD/DD and their families. The existing MCH workforce also requires continuing education in current evidence and best practices, as well as technical assistance in implementation. Similarly, better evidence is required to increase the ASD/DD knowledge base and inform best practices to improve the health status of people with ASD/DD and inform professional and lay audiences. People with ASD/DD and their families, including culturally diverse families, are too infrequently active participants in these processes.

Project Title: Family Leadership in Language and Learning (FL3)

Grant Number: UJ1MC30748
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: HANDS & VOICES
Address: PO BOX 3093 Boulder, CO 80307-3093
Project Director: Janet DesGeorges
Phone Number: (303) 492-6283
Email: mdnc@colorado.edu

Project Description

While efforts and initiatives of the HRSA funded EHDI programs have resulted in substantial progress in addressing various aspects of the EHDI 1-3-6 system, significant challenges remain. CDC data for 2014, shows approximately 97% of babies receive a hearing screen shortly after birth, 34.4% were loss to follow-up/loss to documentation (LTF/D) for additional audiological screening to confirm hearing status, and 23.8% identified as deaf or hard of hearing did not have documentation of enrollment in Early Intervention. Data does not exist on a nationwide level to show the extent of family contact to family support. Hands & Voices will support the development of statewide newborn and infant hearing screening, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention programs and systems by promoting the inclusion of families, parents and caregivers of deaf or hard of hearing infants/children identified through the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program as leaders in the state/territory EHDI systems.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020