District of Columbia Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Bright Futures for Women’s Health: Standard Practice Guidelines for Well Woman Care

Grant Number: UH0MC29440
Project Start Date: March 01, 2016
Project End Date: February 28, 2021
Organization: AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS (THE)
Address: 12th St SW Washington DC 20024
Project Director: Sarah Son
Phone Number: (202) 863-2436
Email: sson@acog.org

Project Description

The IOM found that there are three significant limitations to identifying and providing women’s preventive health services. First, there is a gap in our scientific information and knowledge that ultimately directs us to needed research. Second, there is a gap in the health practitioner knowledge base and synthesis of existing evidence, which directly informs the scope of services provided. And, finally there is a gap in implementation or utilization by patients that must be overcome before preventive health care is optimized in the US. The purpose of the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) is to improve and promote optimal women’s health through development of recommendations for preventive women’s healthcare services through evidence analysis, supplemented by expert opinion. In addition, the WPSI recognizes the gap between providers and patients, and seeks to address implementation and dissemination of preventive health recommendations for women.

Project Title: Oral Health

Grant Number: U44MC30806
Project Start Date: July 01, 2017
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY (THE)
Address: 37th and O Streets, NW, Washington DC 20057
Project Director: Katrina A Holt
Phone Number: (202) 784-9551
Email: kholt@georgetown.edu

Project Description

Lack of access to oral health care contributes to profound oral health disparities in the U.S. Many children from vulnerable populations face persistent, systemic barriers to accessing and receiving oral health care. The system in which MCH operates is a constellation of programs and services designed to improve the health of America’s mothers, children, adolescents, and families by increasing access to quality health services, strengthening the health workforce, building healthy communities, improving health equity, and strengthening program operations.

Project Title: Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM)- Community Care Initiative

Grant Number: U7BMC33635
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2024
Organization: National Healthy Start Assoc Inc
Address: 1325 G St NW Ste 500 Washington DC 20005
Project Director: Deborah Frazier
Phone Number: (202) 296-2195
Email: dfrazier@nationalhealthystart.org

Project Description

This Program supports the development and implementation of non-hospital focused maternal safety bundles within community-based organizations and outpatient clinical settings across the United States. It will build upon the foundational work of the original and existing AIM program, and increase its reach by addressing preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity among pregnant and postpartum women outside of hospitals and other birthing facility settings.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC21661
Project Start Date: June 01, 2011
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc.
Address: E Street NW 4th Floor Washington DC 20001
Project Director: Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas
Phone Number: (202) 678-8060 Extn-205
Email: rochanda.hiligh-thomas@aje-dc.org

Project Description

The District has a long and devastating history for not ensuring the continuity of care for Children, Youth, and Families with Special Healthcare Needs (CYFSHN). It has historically faced challenges with the coordination of service delivery to its families and its needs assessment underscored the continued need for improved coordination. The District has long suffered fragmented systems of support for families and the lack of a coordinated approach to support families. As a result, the flow of information to families is not always seamless. Almost every agency serving this population from infancy to adulthood has been or continues to be under court-ordered supervision. Improvements have been made and the District should be proud of its efforts to improve the delivery of services to families; however, gaps remain. Participants in the needs assessment indicated challenges in the District’s Department of Health (DOH) infrastructure to effectively address social determinants of health

Project Title: Supporting Maternal and Child Health Innovation in States

Grant Number: U1XMC31656
Project Start Date: May 01, 2018
Project End Date: April 30, 2023
Organization: Association Of Maternal & Child Health Programs Inc
Address: K ST NW STE 250 WASHINGTON DC 20006
Project Director: Caroline Stampfel
Phone Number: (202) 775-1473
Email: cstampfel@amchp.org

Project Description

Access to quality health care for MCH populations is a nationwide problem. Nowhere is this more apparent than in access to substance use and mental health care for reproductive age women.

Project Title: Providing support for the Collabortive Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality

Grant Number: UF3MC31237
Project Start Date: September 30, 2017
Project End Date: September 29, 2020
Organization: ASSOCIATION OF MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH PROGRAMS INC
Address: K St NW Washington DC 20006
Project Director: Caroline Stampfel
Phone Number: (202) 775-1473
Email: cstampfel@amchp.org

Project Description

Infant mortality in the United States is a persistent and complex public health challenge. Title V programs and state health agencies ensure the health of families and communities, yet struggle with reduced capacity due to budget cuts and limited resources. Reducing infant mortality for all populations requires a multifaceted, comprehensive national strategy that maximizes existing assets, leverages evidence-based practices and facilitates innovation. Efforts to decrease infant mortality have been successful for white infants, but infants of color have not seen the same success in their communities due to social determinants of health (SDOH). To decrease infant mortality in the U.S., racial disparities must be addressed. The combined effect of all SDOH is the underpinning for all other factors associated with infant mortality, and the accumulation of negative experiences with social determinants is revealed as disparities by race and ethnicity.

Project Title: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC31603
Project Start Date: March 01, 2018
Project End Date: February 28, 2023
Organization: MARY'S CENTER FOR MATERNAL AND CHILD CARE, INC.
Address: Ontario Road NW, Washington DC 20009
Project Director: Anne Sclater
Phone Number: (202) 329-3281
Email: asclater@maryscenter.org

Project Description

Mary’s Center’s current adolescent services include teen case management, health education, medical, behavioral health services, and After-School Teen programing aimed at preventing pregnancies and preventing sexually transmitted infections. These services are spread throughout our four health center locations (we will have five locations with the opening of our upcoming Ft. Totten Clinic in October 2015), based on staffing availability, budget capacity and space availability for staff and participants. Our greatest successes have been documented among those adolescents who participate in all aspects of the program; however, that number is limited based upon our current capacity to serve.This project proposes a new comprehensive linkage among all adolescent services at Mary’s Center, building upon, expanding and enhancing our current services in order to provide the highest quality care for all adolescents at Mary’s Center.

Project Title: Partnership for State Leadership Coop. Agreement- State Public Health Coordinating Center for Autism

Grant Number: UJ0MC31068
Project Start Date: September 01, 2017
Project End Date: August 31, 2022
Organization: ASSOCIATION OF MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH PROGRAMS INC
Address: K St NW Washington DC 20006
Project Director: Caroline Stampfel
Phone Number: (202) 775-1473
Email: cstampfel@amchp.org

Project Description

The number of children identified with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD) has increased considerably in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates one out of every 68 children has been identified with ASD in comparison compared to one out of every 150 children identified in 2006. The rising numbers of children identified and diagnosed with conditions along the autism spectrum represents a major challenge and opportunity for state Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) programs as they try to meet the diverse and often complex needs of these children. This increase has led to a demand for states to increase efforts to develop and implement systems to assure that all children and youth with ASD/DD receive early and timely identification, diagnosis, and intervention services.

Project Title: Maternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN)

Grant Number: UJ9MC31105
Project Start Date: September 01, 2017
Project End Date: August 31, 2020
Organization: ASSOCIATION OF MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH PROGRAMS INC
Address: K St NW Washington DC 20006
Project Director: Caroline Stampfel
Phone Number: (202) 775-1473
Email: cstampfel@amchp.org

Project Description

Childhood exposure to lead contributes to developmental and intellectual disabilities, higher rates of neurobehavioral disorders such as hyperactivity and attention deficits, and lower birth weight in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 4 million households have exposed children to high levels of lead. Many state agencies, including Title V programs, have prioritized addressing harmful environmental exposures, including lead. State and community response to reduce lead exposure in maternal and child health populations requires a comprehensive, coordinated approach. The Maternal and Child Environmental Health (MCEH) CoIIN will support and improve coordinated systems of care within states to meet the needs of maternal, infant, and child populations that are at high risk or experience high levels of lead exposure.

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

Grant Number: H49MC00117
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: DC DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Address: N Capitol St NE Washington DC 20002
Project Director: Kristal Dail
Phone Number: (202) 478-5822
Email: kristal.dail@dc.gov

Project Description

DC Healthy Start (DCHS) seeks to reduce infant mortality and improve perinatal health disparities throughout the District of Columbia (DC or District) with a major focus in Wards 5, 7 and 8.

Project Title: Supporting Maternal and Child Health Innovation in States

Grant Number: U1XMC31658
Project Start Date: May 01, 2018
Project End Date: April 30, 2023
Organization: CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY DEVELOPMENT, THE
Address: 20th Street NW,Suite 313 Washington DC 20036
Project Director: Karen VanLandeghem
Phone Number: (847) 797-1824
Email: kvanlandeghem@nashp.org

Project Description

Public and private health care systems are undergoing dramatic changes at the federal and state level as health officials and other policymakers work to improve the quality of health care and health outcomes, while reducing health care costs. These changes are especially evident among federal programs and systems that serve MCH populations, including Medicaid, CHIP, public health and mental health. At the same time, chronic conditions such as substance use disorders, including misuse of opioids, and childhood obesity are disproportionately affecting MCH populations in many areas. Federal and state reforms provide an important opportunity for state Medicaid agencies, CHIP programs, and other state officials to advance policy innovations that support access to quality health care for MCH populations. State policy leaders need opportunities to meet with and learn from their peers about policy innovations that can be advanced in states and policy resources that are timely and accessible.

Project Title: MCH Navigator Program

Grant Number: UE8MC25742
Project Start Date: July 01, 2013
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY (THE)
Address: PO Box 571164 Washington DC 20057
Project Director: John T Richards
Phone Number: (202) 784-9772
Email: richarjt@georgetown.edu

Project Description

MCHB-funded studies indicate that there is an “urgent need to equip the people currently working in state MCH programs & those who will be entering public health…with the knowledge & skills necessary to continue in their effective stewardship of the MCH population.”

Project Title: MCH Library Services

Grant Number: U02MC31613
Project Start Date: February 01, 2018
Project End Date: January 31, 2023
Organization: Georgetown University (The)
Address: BOX 571164 GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON DC 20057
Project Director: John T Richards
Phone Number: (202) 784-9772
Email: richarjt@georgetown.edu

Project Description

There is a pressing need to provide support and resources to assist state Title V programs in using evidence-based/informed programs and other materials in addressing requirements of the transformed MCH Block Grant program and responding to new measures.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC06715
Project Start Date: March 01, 2006
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Children's Research Institute
Address: Michigan Ave NW Washington DC 20010
Project Director: Joelle N Simpson
Phone Number: (202) 476-2080
Email: jnsimpso@childrensnational.org

Project Description

Given the status of the District of Columbia (DC) as the nation’s capital, its increased visibility to Congress, and its role as venue for important national and international events, it is especially important to ensure an Emergency Medical Services for Children’s presence within the DC EMS system. The District of Columbia’s State Partnership Program aims to assess and enhance pediatric EMS system capacity for the Washington, DC region.

Project Title: Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health

Grant Number: UC4MC28042
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: August 31, 2023
Organization: AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS (THE)
Address: 12th St SW Washington DC 20024
Project Director: Jeanne Mahoney
Phone Number: (202) 314-2352
Email: jmahoney@acog.org

Project Description

Every year, an estimated 1,200 women in the United States (U.S.) suffer complications during pregnancy or within a year of childbirth that prove fatal. During the two-year period of 2013 to 2014, over 50,000 women in the U.S. suffered a severe maternal morbidity (unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that result in significant short- or long-term consequences for a woman’s health or SMM) and this has steadily increased in recent years. Maternal mortality and severe morbidity have multiple and complex causation. It is estimated that over 50% of SMMs can be prevented with the implementation of reliable clinical practices and procedures. Maternal mortality and morbidity are population-level issues that have roots in both medical care and social determinants of health.

Project Title: Infant-Toddler Court Program

Grant Number: U2DMC32394
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: ZERO TO THREE NATIONAL CENTER FOR INFANT, TODDLERS AND FAMILIES INC
Address: 1255 23rd St NW Ste 350 Washington DC 20037
Project Director: Janie Huddleston
Phone Number: (202) 857-2979
Email: jhuddleston@zerotothree.org

Project Description

Infants and toddlers who experience neglect and abuse are at risk for adverse emotional, behavioral, and physical health outcomes across the life course. The complex, urgent needs of very young children and parents involved with the child welfare system (CWS) require integrated services, including supports that address the social determinants of health. Cross-system collaboration is essential if children and families are to receive the timely screening, assessment, appropriate and high quality services, concrete assistance, and holistic support they need to thrive. The Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) will provide a crucial platform for the court, child welfare, health, mental health, early childhood, and other community partners to work collectively to protect, promote, and improve developmental health outcomes for infants and toddlers affected by maltreatment and to strengthen families involved with the CWS.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00060
Project Start Date: March 31, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA/DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: N Capitol St NE Washington DC 20002
Project Director: Jaida D Carter
Phone Number: (202) 442-9386
Email: jaida.carter@dc.gov

Project Description

The District of Columbia mandates all newborns have a birth hearing screening and receive appropriate follow up if they do not pass. Accurate documentation and loss to follow up is a challenge in D.C. DC EHDI utilizes a multifaceted approach that includes increasing health professionals’ engagement and knowledge of the EHDI system; improving access to early intervention (EI) services; and improving family engagement and partnership with District agencies and community based programs to adhere to national 1-3-6 guidelines. DC EHDI is committed to continuous quality improvement ensuring newborns receive a hearing screening at birth and the subsequent data is accurately provided in the Oz database to assist with DC Health surveillance activities. Oz developed enhancements to assist in the accuracy of newborn hearing screening data that is collected. DC EHDI also collaborates with a diagnosing audiologist and subject matter experts to improve and update the educational information.

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

Grant Number: X10MC33572
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, GOVERNMENT OF
Address: North Capitol Street NE, 5TH FLOOR WASHINGTON DC 20002
Project Director: Vinetta Freeman
Phone Number: (202) 442-9354
Email: vinetta.freeman3@dc.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: Newborn Screening Family Education Program

Grant Number: UK5MC32105
Project Start Date: September 01, 2018
Project End Date: August 31, 2023
Organization: Genetic Alliance, Inc.
Address: 4301 Connecticut Ave NW,Suite 404 Washington DC 20008
Project Director: Natasha Bonhomme
Phone Number: (202) 966-5557 Extn-211
Email: nbonhomme@geneticalliance.org

Project Description

Despite being one of the most successful public health initiatives in US history, the public tends to have a low level of awareness of newborn screening. Newborn screening is one of the first experiences families have in the US healthcare system with a new baby, so it is an important milestone for families to experience and understand. A positive experience with newborn screening gives families a strong start to their child’s healthcare, building pivotal trust with providers. Parents of children who received false positive NBS results reported that positive experiences with newborn screening help them build confidence in their skills as parents and in the skills of their healthcare providers. Without newborn screening education, vulnerable families may have negative interactions with the newborn screening system that may leave residual stress, worry, or negatively influence their perception of the healthcare system. As a result, robust newborn screening education programs are needed.

Project Title: National Genetics Education and Family Support Center

Grant Number: UH8MC30771
Project Start Date: June 01, 2017
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: GENETIC ALLIANCE, INC.
Address: Conn Ave NW Washington DC 20008
Project Director: Natasha Bonhomme
Phone Number: (202) 966-5557 Extn-211
Email: nbonhomme@geneticalliance.org

Project Description

Individuals who have, or are at-risk of having, a genetic condition and their families, especially those medically underserved and/or living in geographically underserved areas have more difficult accessing genetic services and are less engaged in their own care.

Project Title: Partnership for State Leadership

Grant Number: U01MC00001
Project Start Date: September 30, 2000
Project End Date: April 30, 2020
Organization: ASSOC. OF MATERNAL & CHILD HLTH PROGRAMS
Address: K St NW Ste 250 Washington DC 20006
Project Director: Carolyn Stampfel
Phone Number: (202) 775-1473
Email: cstampfel@amchp.org

Project Description

The purpose of this project is to improve public health programs and the delivery of maternal and child health (MCH) services and ensure optimal alignment with the transformed Title V MCH Services Block Grant program. In an era of increased accountability, it is imperative that Title V leaders receive leading edge information, training and technical assistance on emerging issues, workforce and leadership development, and support in implementing evidence-based practices that will collectively improve the health of the nation’s women, children, and families.Through this project the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) closely links state Title V MCH programs with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and other key MCH-focused organizations and partners to improve states’ ability to demonstrate the impact and value of the Title V MCH Block Grant, support closer linkages between state MCH programs and other investments impacting MCH outcomes.

Project Title: Building Systems of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Grant Number: U1TMC31756
Project Start Date: July 01, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO ADVANCE ADOLESCENT HEALTH (THE)
Address: 1615 M Street, NW,Suite 290 Washington DC 20036
Project Director: Margaret McManus
Phone Number: (202) 223-1500
Email: mmcmanus@thenationalalliance.org

Project Description

Currently, 61 million people, or 19% of the United States population, are between the ages of 12 and 26. This is a critical transitional period of development for those with and without chronic conditions. Yet, data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health reveal that 85% of youth are not receiving transition assistance from their health care providers. The literature is replete with examples of adverse impacts when a structured transition process is not in place, particularly for those with chronic conditions that includes low health care literacy, gaps in access and use of ambulatory care, worsening health conditions, dissatisfaction and worry, and preventable emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Project Title: Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network on School-Based Health Services

Grant Number: U61MC31885
Project Start Date: September 01, 2018
Project End Date: August 31, 2023
Organization: SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH ALLIANCE
Address: 1010 Vermont Avenue NW,Suite 600 Washington DC 20005
Project Director: John Schlitt
Phone Number: (202) 638-5872 Extn-203
Email: jschlitt@sbh4all.org

Project Description

Our nation has not yet achieved equal opportunity for all children and adolescents to be healthy and succeed in school. The inequitable distribution of health and education resources across our communities has created profound—and unjust—disparities in outcomes for young people, fueled by poverty, discrimination, racism, and economic segregation. These structural inequities contribute to chronic absenteeism, school failure, substance use, depression, asthma, obesity, and other challenges. Children and adolescents disconnected from systemic resources are less healthy and less likely to do well in school than their peers who have social advantages like high quality education in safe and supportive school climates, readily accessible medical, behavioral, and oral health services, access to nutritious foods and safe drinking water, routine opportunities for recreation and physical education, and the presence of trusting adults in their lives.

 
Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020