Florida Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Expanding Florida's MCH Capacity

Grant Number: H18MC00010
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: Mail Stop Code:Bin C-15 Florida Department of Health, DHAT Office of Rural Health 4052 Bald Cypress Way Tallahassee, FL 32399-7017
Project Director: Robert Brooks
Phone Number: (850) 245-4204
Email: robert.brooks@flhealth.gov

Project Description

The primary focus of Florida’s SSDI project in the 2017-2022 grant cycle will be to work toward improving data availability, tools, and products to accuratelyassess the health of Florida’s MCH population and make cost efficient, evidence-based Decisions on MCH-related programs and services. The SSDI project will also focus on simplifying and improving the state’s data reporting systems, tracking key health indicators, and supporting quality improvement functions.

Project Title: Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership Grant

Grant Number: H33MC06722
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Florida Department of Health
Address: Mail Stop Code:Bin #A-144052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399-7017
Project Director: Melia M. Jenkins
Phone Number: (850) 245-4440
Email: melia.jenkins@flhealth.gov

Project Description

EMSC staff continue to work toward statewide integration of children’s issues into the EMS system through 1) uniform data collection for evaluating systems and developing quality improvement programs; 2) the systematic identification of prehospital pediatric emergency care coordination and skills retention in regard to pediatric care; 3) the implementation of a facility recognition system for hospitals able to manage pediatric medical emergencies; 3) the adoption of pediatric specific interfacility transfer guidelines/agreements for licensed acute care hospitals; and 4) the integration of EMSC priorities into existing statutes and regulations.

Project Title: Family STAR- Support. Training, Assistance, and Resources

Grant Number: H84MC21660
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.
Address: 2196 Main St STE K Dunedin, FL 34698-5694
Project Director: Lisa Math
Phone Number: (727) 523-1130
Email: richlabelle@fndusa.org

Project Description

Project Family STAR (Support, Training, Assistance, and Resources) will continue to reach out to Florida’s families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) to provide culturally and linguistically competent health care information and support to families of CYSHCN and health care professionals and to facilitate partnerships in shared Decision-making at all levels.
Goals and Objectives: The projects goals are: FND’s F2F HIC will increase the ability of families of CYSHCN, and youth themselves, to access community-based systems of care; increase the health care literacy of families of CYSHCN; and increase families of CYSHCN’s knowledge of available options to best promote good treatment Decisions, cost effectiveness, and improved health options; and FND’s F2F HIC will increase the ability of families of CYSHCN – reflective of Florida’s cultural, linguistic, and geographic differences – to participate in shared Decision-making and policy development, at all levels.

Project Title: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal

Grant Number: H49MC00051
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition
Address: 644 Cesery Blvd STE 210 Jacksonville, FL 32211-7116
Project Director: Teneshia Lambey
Phone Number: (904) 422-8547
Email: tlambey@nefhsc.org

Project Description

Infant Mortality in Northeast Florida remains relatively unchanged. Jacksonville/Duval County is the population center of the region and leads the region in infant mortality. Racial disparities drive Jacksonville’s high rate of poor birth outcomes. The Magnolia Project provides outreach, screening, case management, health education, clinical services and primary care services to clients in the health zone zip codes. Participation in the federal Healthy Start program is critical to maximizing the city’s potential for reducing infant mortality, eliminating disparities and increasing health equity.

Project Title: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

Grant Number: H49MC07500
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: The Center for Health Equity, Inc.
Address: 231 E Jefferson St Quincy, FL 32351-2426
Project Director: Sharon Ross-Donaldson
Phone Number: (850) 875-5005
Email: srdonaldson@centerforhealthequity.com

Project Description

The project includes outreach, education, and case management to pregnant and interconceptional Black woman and infants who are at risk for poor birth and health outcomes. Other services include mental health counseling, parenting, nutrition education, nursing assessment, health literacy and fatherhood education.

Project Title: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health: Central Hillsborough Healthy Start

Grant Number: H49MC12793
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: REACH UP, Inc.
Address: 10500 University Center Dr STE 100 Tampa, FL 33612-6494
Project Director: Estrellita Berry
Phone Number: (813) 712-6301
Email: lberry@reachupincorporated.org

Project Description

The Project area is 17 contiguous, urban census tracts in the center of Tampa where Black infants die in the first year of life at a rate more than twice that of White infants and 60% of births are to Black mothers who are typically young, unmarried, under-educated, and Medicaid eligible. The Project builds community capacity to reduce infant mortality and morbidity, promote health equity and link program participants to community services while addressing health disparities in a culturally competent manner. Strategies for project goals and objectives address LBW and preterm infants, repeat births, screening rates, perinatal depression screening and male involvement. Integrated community, county, and state efforts are complimentary. Qualitative and quantitative methods are employed to locally evaluate the Project, including both process and outcome measures.

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

Grant Number: H49MC18123
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: University of Miami
Address: Dominion Tower 1400 NW 10th Ave., STE 1007-O, Miami, FL 33136-1000
Project Director: Dr. Connie Morrow
Phone Number: (305) 243-4078
Email: cmorrow@med.miami.edu

Project Description

The Jasmine Project focuses on reducing racial disparities in Black infant mortality and perinatal health among pregnant and interconception women and infants. The project area is located in 4 zip codes in North Miami Dade where Black infant mortality rates are more than double that of white infants.

Project Title: Healthy Start at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Grant Number: H49MC27805
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Address: 501 6th Ave S St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4634
Project Director: Janelle Garcia
Phone Number: (727) 767-6978
Email: Janelle.Garcia@jhmi.edu

Project Description

The program will target (11,297) Black/African American women of child bearing age, (1,636) infants and their families (including fathers) residing in 5 contiguous zip codes of south St. Petersburg where the IMR in 2007-2009 was 23.2 for African American infants.

Project Title: Bellies', Babies and Beyond

Grant Number: H49MC27817
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Address: 6101 Lake Ellenor Dr., Orlando, FL 32809-4616
Project Director: Penny Smith
Phone Number: (407) 723-5341
Email: penny.smith@flhealth.gov

Project Description

Persistently high infant mortality rates among minorities in Orange County, Florida in the target served zip codes (32805, 32808, 32809, 32811, 32818, 32819, 32835, and 32839). These zip codes have the highest concentration of minority residents with the poorest birth outcomes.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program

Grant Number: H61MC00086
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: FL ST DEPT OF HLTH
Address: Bin #B 204052 Bald Cypress Way Tallahassee, FL 32399-7017
Project Director: Jessica O. Meyer
Phone Number: (850) 245-4673
Email: Jessica.Meyer@flhealth.gov

Project Description

The purpose of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program project is to develop a comprehensive and coordinated statewide Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) system of care targeted towards ensuring that newborns and infants are receiving appropriate and timely services, including screening, evaluation, diagnosis, and early intervention. When infants with deafness/hard of hearing are diagnosed with hearing loss by three months of age and receive early intervention services by six months of age, they are more likely to be successful in school and other aspects of life.

Project Title: MCH Pipeline Training Program

Grant Number: T16MC29833
Project Start Date: June 1, 2016
Project End Date: May 31, 2021
Address: 3702 Spectrum Blvd., STE 165 Tampa, FL 33612-9444
Project Director: Anna Armstrong
Phone Number: (813) 974-7594
Email: aarmstrong@health.usf.edu

Project Description

To address the need for a highly skilled, representative and diverse MCH workforce, the USF’s MCH Pipeline Training Program will recruit, train, mentor, and provide enriching experiences to guide undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds into MCH-related health fields.

Project Title: University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Center Interdisciplinary Leadership Training Program

Grant Number: T72MC00002
Project Start Date: July 1, 2015
Project End Date: June 30, 2020
Address: 219 Grinter Hall, Box 11550 Gainesville, FL 32611
Project Director: Mary H. Wagner
Phone Number: (352) 273-8380
Email: wagneam@peds.ufl.edu

Project Description

Pediatric asthma, sleep, cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and ventilator dependence are major public health problems that need to be addressed at both a regional and a national level. Respiratory complications also affect such conditions as neuromuscular disorders and sickle cell anemia. There is a significant need for healthcare providers in a range of health disciplines who are specifically trained to provide family centered, culturally competent, community based care for CYSHCN with pediatric pulmonary conditions at both direct service and systems levels, addressing the four aims below.

Project Title: Disability and Diversity: Training Tomorrow’s Leaders

Grant Number: T73MC00013
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Address: 1400 NW 10th Ave RM 1007P, Miami, FL 33136-1000
Project Director: Jeffrey P. Brosco
Phone Number: (305) 243-3371
Email: jbrosco@miami.edu

Project Description

The purpose of this LEND program is to advance a vibrant training program for improving the health of children who have or are at risk for developing NDD/ASD. Consistent with our institutional vision, we aim to reduce health disparities at the intersection of disability and other minority status.

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program (Center of Excellence in MCH)

Grant Number: T76MC18122
Project Start Date: June 1, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: University of South Florida
Address: 3650 Spectrum Blvd STE, 160 Tampa, FL 33612-9446
Project Director: Cheryl Vamos
Phone Number: (813) 974-7515
Email: cvamos@health.usf.edu

Project Description

This workforce development project addresses the need for MCH leadership competencies development, cultural competence and family-centered care as frameworks to improve system integration, the quality of Title V service delivery systems and recruitment and retention of a diverse MCH workforce.

Project Title: Mothers and Children FIRST: Fresh Ideas and Resources for Scholar Training

Grant Number: T76MC28438
Project Start Date: June 1, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Address: 11200 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33199-2516
Project Director: Melissa Howard
Phone Number: (305) 726-6673
Email: mhoward23@gmail.com

Project Description

Since 2007, poverty surged in Miami-Dade County (Miami) disproportionately impacting women and children of color. The infant mortality racial gap widened and by 2011-2013 was 3.4 times higher in African-Americans than Whites. Significant increases in HIV vertical transmission and childhood asthma exclusively affected African-Americans. Despite these challenges, no maternal and child health (MCH) training was available in Miami-Dade County.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020