Connecticut Discretionary Awards

Project Title: EMSC Targeted Issue Grants

Grant Number: H34MC33245
Project Start Date: September 01, 2019
Project End Date: August 31, 2023
Organization: Yale University
Address: 25 Science Park OFC OF New Haven CT 06511
Project Director: Mark X Cicero
Phone Number: (203) 737-7434
Email: mark.cicero@yale.edu

Project Description

Designating Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators (PECCs) for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies is hypothesized to improve the quality of pediatric prehospital care, and ultimately lead to better outcomes for acutely ill and injured children. Proposed responsibilities for PECCs include developing and revising EMS protocols, participating in quality improvement, and promoting pediatric continuing education opportunities. The connections between PECCs and improvements in quality of clinical care and patient outcomes need further evaluation. Little is known about the best means to recruit, deploy, retain and evaluate PECCs, and even less has been done to measure the effect of PECCs on EMS agencies and the children who require their care.

Project Title: Training CED/COR Pediatric and Child Psychiatry

Grant Number: T20MC21953
Project Start Date: July 01, 2011
Project End Date: June 30, 2022
Organization: YALE UNIVERSITY
Address: New Haven CT 06520
Project Director: Carol Weitzman
Phone Number: (203) 688-4548
Email: carol.weitzman@yale.edu

Project Description

Up to 20% of children in the United States have a behavioral or emotional disorder at any given time, as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. Between 37% and 39% of children will have a behavioral or emotional disorder diagnosed by 16 years of age, regardless of geographic location in the United States.Many of these children do not receive timely assessment, accurate diagnosis and/or adequate treatment with problems subsequently often enduring into adulthood. For children who live in poverty or low resource areas, and families facing social, political or economic distress, the consequences of undiagnosed and untreated mental health and developmental problems are amplified. Primary care providers often lack adequate training in assessing, diagnosing and managing children with psychosocial, developmental and mental health problems and feel unprepared to meet today’s practice demands and have limited opportunity to discuss complex cases.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC21663
Project Start Date: June 01, 2011
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of CT
Address: Northford CT 06472
Project Director: Carmina Cirioli
Phone Number: (203) 234-9554
Email: accirioli@att.net

Project Description

To broaden the capacity of CT CYSHCN to access healthcare and health related services and expand services to culturally diverse underserved populations still struggling with with health inequities.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00088
Project Start Date: September 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Address: Capitol Ave Hartford CT 06106
Project Director: John Lamb
Phone Number: (860) 509-7108
Email: john.lamb@ct.gov

Project Description

The CT EHDI system ensures that deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) infants are identified through timely newborn hearing screening and diagnostic evaluation, resulting in timely and appropriate early intervention (EI) services, which optimizes their language, literacy, and social-emotional development. Data collection and analysis, outreach, education, aggressive tracking, quality improvement, and collaboration with other entities and agencies are some of the techniques used in this effort. Additionally, the program is working with the Connecticut EHDI Taskforce\Learning community to increase health professionals’ engagement within and knowledge of the EHDI system. Last, CT EHDI is working directly with the Connecticut Family Support Network (under contract) to improve family education, engagement, and partnership within the EHDI system.

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

Grant Number: X10MC33570
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: CONNECTICUT OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD
Address: Columbus Blvd STE 301 HARTFORD CT 06103
Project Director: Aileen McKenna
Phone Number: (860) 500-4402
Email: aileen.mckenna@ct.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: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC00095
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER NEW HAVEN
Address: Audubon St New Haven CT 06510
Project Director: Kenn Harris
Phone Number: (203) 777-7080
Email: kharis@cfgnh.org

Project Description

New Haven Healthy Start (NHHS) implements essential Healthy Start program services that include care coordination, patient navigation, case management, men's health services, outreach and education, and training; to address black infant mortality and maternal mortality/morbidity in the city of New Haven. significant health disparities exist within target areas.

Project Title: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC12834
Project Start Date: June 01, 2009
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: State of Connecticut Department of Public Health
Address: Capitol Ave Hartford CT 06106
Project Director: Regina Owusu
Phone Number: (860) 509-8092
Email: regina.owusu@ct.gov

Project Description

The DPH will address racial and ethnic disparities in Hartford and New Britain by continuing the Hartford Healthy Start (HHS) Program and well woman services to low income pregnant, parenting, and pre/interconception women, their infants up to 18 months, and fathers, the target population being African-American and Hispanic women. Infant mortality is one of the many perinatal outcomes for which marked disparities exist among non Hispanic Black/African Americans and Hispanics statewide. The display in infant mortality that exist within Connecticut is more pronounced in urban areas of the state including the target community of Hartford, and New Britain CT. Hartford and New Britain's infant mortality rate (9.0 per 1,000 live births) was 1.6 times more than the statewide rate of 5.6 per 1,000 live births and 1.5 times higher than the US rate of 5.9 per 1,000 live births in 2013-2015.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC29430
Project Start Date: March 01, 2006
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: YALE-NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL, INC.
Address: York St New Haven CT 06510
Project Director: Jason Malia
Phone Number: (203) 200-1174
Email: JASON.MALIA@YNHH.ORG

Project Description

The aim of the EMSC Program is to reduce childhood death and disability caused by severe illness or injury

Project Title: Newborn Screening State Evaluation Program

Grant Number: E16MC33251
Project Start Date: September 01, 2019
Project End Date: August 31, 2021
Organization: Public Health, Connecticut Department of
Address: 410 Capitol Ave Hartford CT 06106
Project Director: Marie Burlette
Phone Number: (860) 920-6622
Email: marie.a.burlette@ct.gov

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: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program

Grant Number: T73MC30115
Project Start Date: July 01, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
Address: Farmington Ave Farmington CT 06030
Project Director: Mary Beth Bruder
Phone Number: (860) 679-1505
Email: bruder@uchc.edu

Project Description

The CT LEND program provides interdisciplinary academic, clinical, and community training opportunities to graduate students, families, and in-service professionals to address the significant and growing disparity in health and education of infants, children, and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities and related disorders in CT.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00007
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Address: Capitol Ave Hartford CT 06106
Project Director: Marc Camardo
Phone Number: (860) 509-7182
Email: Marc.Camardo@ct.gov

Project Description

Enhanced maternal and child health (MCH) data capacity is needed to improve the availability and timeliness of MCH data for informed decision making and resource allocation that supports effective, efficient and quality programming for women, infants, children and youth, including children with special health care needs.

Project Title: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC32704
Project Start Date: March 01, 2019
Project End Date: February 29, 2024
Organization: Young Womens Christian Association New Britain
Address: 19 Franklin Sq New Britain CT 06051
Project Director: Valerie Cammarota
Phone Number: (800) 225-4681 Extn-252
Email: vcammarota@ywcanb.org

Project Description

Problem and associated contributing factors. Adolescent girls in New Britain—especially those living in low-income isolated neighborhoods like the East Side —experience immediate threats to their health that may have long term consequences, complicating or limiting their prospects for a health and well-being across the lifespan. Among the most serious risks, with significant disparities between Latino and Black teens and their White peers, are the following: Obesity, Teen Pregnancy, Stress and Depression, Bullying, and Low Graduation rates.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020