Colorado Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC32741
Project Start Date: September 01, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Colorado Boys Ranch Foundation
Address: 12567 W. Cedar Dr Lakewood CO 80228
Project Director: Tom Rose
Phone Number: (303) 733-3000 Extn-101
Email: trose@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: Family Leadership in Language and Learning

Grant Number: UJ1MC30748
Project Start Date: April 01, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: HANDS & VOICES
Address: Boulder CO 80307
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.

Project Title: Supporting Maternal and Child Health Innovation in States

Grant Number: U1XMC31659
Project Start Date: May 01, 2018
Project End Date: April 30, 2023
Organization: NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES
Address: 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: Autism Secondary Data Analysis Research (SDAR) Program

Grant Number: R41MC31075
Project Start Date: September 01, 2017
Project End Date: August 31, 2020
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
Project Director: Judith A Reaven
Phone Number: (303) 724-7646
Email: judy.reaven@ucdenver.edu

Project Description

Children with ASD or other social communication challenges are at high risk for developing psychiatric symptoms, and anxiety disorders are among the most common co-occurring conditions. Anxiety markedly interferes with peer relationships, family functioning and participation in academic programming and may lead to significant challenges later in life such as substance abuse or underemployment (Wood, 2006).Few children with ASD or similar social/communication challenges have access to interventions that address anxiety, and youth from traditionally underserved communities (e.g., low income; racial/ethnic minority families) have particular difficulty with access to mental health care. Schools represent one of the only consistent resources available to these students and their families. Providing services in schools has the strong potential to increase access to care by overcoming many potential barriers such as cost, transportation and time away from work.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC31619
Project Start Date: April 01, 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
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: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC27807
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: COLORADO NON PROFIT DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Address: Tejon St Ste A Denver CO 80211
Project Director: Shawn Taylor
Phone Number: (720) 541-6530
Email: shawn@lowryfamilycenter.org

Project Description

Healthy Babies Strong Families (HBSF) at Families Forward Resource Center (FFRC) aims to reduce disparities in birth outcomes experienced by African American women in Northeast Denver and North Aurora, Colorado. The infant mortality rate for African American/Blacks in Aurora-Denver is two times the county average and three times the rate among non-Hispanic white births. Health indicators, such as low birth weight and pre-term birth follow similar trends. Healthy Babies Strong Families (HBSF) is dedicated to providing innovative, collaborative, inclusive, and culturally responsive support to the African American/Black community to reduce disparate maternal and child health outcomes. HBSF utilizes evidence-based curriculum and home visiting programming provided by culturally responsive and culturally congruent Family Advocates to improve women’s health, improve family health and wellness, promote systems change, and assure impact and effectiveness.

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

Grant Number: T73MC11044
Project Start Date: September 01, 2008
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER
Address: Aurora CO 80045
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: MCH Research Network Programs

Grant Number: UA6MC31101
Project Start Date: September 01, 2017
Project End Date: August 31, 2022
Organization: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, THE
Address: OFFICE OF GRANTS & CONTRACTS, MAIL STOP F428, BLDG 500 13001 E 17TH PLACE AURORA CO 80045
Project Director: Christopher J Stille
Phone Number: (720) 777-8245
Email: christopher.stille@childrenscolorado.org

Project Description

Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) deserve a better health care system. The MCHB Core Elements and AMCHP Standards of Care were designed to stimulate health system improvement for CYSHCN. Rigorous multi-site research on system interventions related to the Elements and Standards is urgently needed.

Project Title: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

Grant Number: U4CMC32327
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: September 29, 2023
Organization: PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT, COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 4300 E Cherry Creek South Dr Denver CO 80246
Project Director: Jennie Munthali
Phone Number: (303) 692-1072
Email: jennie.munthali@state.co.us

Project Description

Colorado ranks 34th in the U.S. for overall youth mental health, according to Mental Health America’s 2020 “The State of Mental Health in America” report. Suicide is the number one cause of death for 10-24 year olds in Colorado. Data collected in 2016 from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) show that Colorado has a severe workforce shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists (CAPs). Zero of 64 counties in Colorado has a sufficient number of CAPs for their population. The AACAP defines “sufficient” as greater than or equal to 47 CAPs per 100,000 children, ages 0-17. Forty-nine of 64 counties do not have one CAP. Primary care providers provide the vast majority of pediatric mental health services in the U.S. despite potentially having no formal child psychiatry training or experience in medical school or residency.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00006
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: COLORADO STATE DEPT/PUB HLTH & ENVIRONMENT
Address: 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: Networks for Oral Health Integration within the Maternal and Child Health Safety Net

Grant Number: UK7MC33230
Project Start Date: September 01, 2019
Project End Date: August 31, 2024
Organization: DENVER HEALTH AND HOSPITALS AUTHORITY
Address: 777 Bannock St Denver CO 80204
Project Director: Patricia A Braun
Phone Number: (303) 602-6429
Email: patricia.braun@cuanschutz.edu

Project Description

RoMoNOH will increase access to preventive dental services to pregnant women and children receiving care in safety-net healthcare systems who are traditionally challenged with accessing oral health services and consequently experience oral health disparities. Access to dental care is often limited by the lack of enough dentists who accept their dental insurance, restrictive dental hygiene practice acts, and low oral health awareness of providers and patients.

Project Title: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program

Grant Number: T77MC25731
Project Start Date: July 01, 2013
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, THE
Address: PO Box Aurora CO 80045
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: Newborn Screening State Evaluation Program

Grant Number: E16MC32310
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: August 31, 2021
Organization: PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT, COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 4300 E Cherry Creek South Dr Denver CO 80246
Project Director: Darren Michael
Phone Number: (303) 692-3673
Email: darren.michael@state.co.us

Project Description

The purpose of this program is to evaluate the effectiveness of newborn screening programs in reducing the morbidity and mortality caused by heritable disorders in newborns and children by assessing the timeliness of screening, follow up, and referral to counseling or health care services. The program will support state newborn screening programs in the implementation of a demonstration program to use newborn screening quality indicator information to evaluate the effectiveness of their state newborn screening system.

Project Title: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program

Grant Number: X10MC33569
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: HUMAN SERVICES, COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 1575 N Sherman St Fl 1 Denver CO 80203
Project Director: Julie Becker
Phone Number: (303) 866-5205
Email: julie.becker@state.co.us

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: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC25317
Project Start Date: November 01, 2012
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, THE
Address: 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.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020