Florida Discretionary Awards

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

Grant Number: H49MC27817
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: HEALTH, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
Address: Lake Ellenor Dr Orlando FL 32809
Project Director: Penny Smith
Phone Number: (407) 723-5341
Email: penny.smith@flhealth.gov

Project Description

Persistently high infant mortality rates amount minorities in Orange County, Florida in target served zip codes (32805, 32808, 32809, 32811, 32818, 32819, 32835 and 32839.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00010
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: Bald Cypress Way Tallahassee FL 32399
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 designed to improve data availability, tools and products to accurately assess 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: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC30728
Project Start Date: March 01, 2017
Project End Date: February 28, 2022
Organization: ORLANDO HEALTH, INC.
Address: Sgate Com Blvd Ste 50 Orlando FL 32806
Project Director: Rita Vento
Phone Number: (321) 842-1763
Email: rita.vento@orlandohealth.com

Project Description

Adolescents often engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as the inadequate consumption of fruits and vegetables and lack of physical exercise. These actions contribute to chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions. Obesity and being overweight both continue to be public health problems for youth in the nation as well as locally. In Florida, the percentage of high school students who are obese has risen nearly 13% over the past 10 years and .7% more self-report as being overweight. In addition, 17.4% more female students are considered overweight than in 2005. Overweight and obese adolescents tend to become adults with the same risk factors and again, are often the roots of many chronic health conditions. Prevention is the key, and Teen Xpress provides this using evidence-based approaches

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program

Grant Number: T76MC18122
Project Start Date: June 01, 2010
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: University of South Florida
Address: Spectrum Blvd Tampa FL 33612
Project Director: Karen Liller
Phone Number: (813) 974-7047
Email: kliller@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: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC06722
Project Start Date: March 01, 2006
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Florida Department of Health
Address: Bald Cypress Way Tallahassee FL 32399
Project Director: Melia M Jenkins
Phone Number: (850) 245-4440 Extn-2773
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: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC18123
Project Start Date: June 01, 2010
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: University of Miami
Address: NW 10th Ave Miami FL 33136
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: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00086
Project Start Date: September 30, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: FL ST DEPT OF HLTH
Address: Bald Cypress Way Tallahassee FL 32399
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: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC32705
Project Start Date: March 01, 2019
Project End Date: February 29, 2024
Organization: South Broward Hospital District
Address: 3501 Johnson St Hollywood FL 33021
Project Director: Jennifer Reilly-Miller, RN, BSN, MBA
Phone Number: (954) 276-1322
Email: jereilly@mhs.net

Project Description

Adolescence is an important developmental period to promote optimal health and prevent risky behaviors which can place youth at risk for lifelong health problems. In the 2016-2017 school year, there were 236 drug overdoses in children up to the age of 17. Drugs have a more drastic effect on children and teens than on adults because the brain is still developing; and alcohol and other drugs disrupt this process. At the same time over 32% of students given BMI screenings scored above the 85 percentile, categorized as overweight or obese. Studies show that 60% of overweight children have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease and 25% have two or more risk factors. Obese teenagers also have an 80% chance of being obese into adulthood. Given these alarming statistics, there is a clear need in Broward County to provide safe and healthy environments for students to grow and flourish intellectually, emotionally, and physically.

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

Grant Number: H49MC12793
Project Start Date: June 01, 2009
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: REACH UP, Inc.
Address: University Center Dr Tampa FL 33612
Project Director: Estrellita Berry
Phone Number: (813) 712-6301
Email: lberry@reachupincorporated.org

Project Description

The Project serves women, infants and men in selected high-risk urban communities of Hillsborough County, FL ( zip codes 33605, 33610 and parts of 33612), 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: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program

Grant Number: T73MC00013
Project Start Date: July 01, 1989
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
Address: NW 10th Ave Miami FL 33136
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: Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders Program

Grant Number: UK3MC32242
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: September 29, 2023
Organization: Health, Florida Department of
Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way Tallahassee FL 32399
Project Director: Heather Flynn
Phone Number: (850) 645-7367
Email: Heather.Flynn@med.fsu.edu

Project Description

The purpose of the project is to develop a sustainable screening and treatment model to improve maternal mental outcomes in Florida.

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program

Grant Number: T76MC28438
Project Start Date: June 01, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Address: SW 8th St Miami FL 33199
Project Director: Consuelo M Beck-Sague
Phone Number: (305) 348-4504
Email: cbecksag@fiu.edu

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.

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

Grant Number: X10MC33573
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: Florida Association Of Healthy Start Coalition, Inc.
Address: 2002 Old St Augustine Rd Ste E45 Tallahassee FL 32301
Project Director: Allison M Parish
Phone Number: (850) 999-6218
Email: aparish@fahsc.org

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: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC21660
Project Start Date: June 01, 2011
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.
Address: Main St Dunedin FL 34698
Project Director: Janell Wells
Phone Number: (423) 444-9526
Email: jwells@fndfl.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 level

Project Title: Awareness and Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy

Grant Number: H98MC33240
Project Start Date: September 01, 2019
Project End Date: August 31, 2023
Organization: Epilepsy Florida, Inc.
Address: 7300 N Kendall Dr Ste 760 Miami FL 33156
Project Director: Judy Clauser
Phone Number: (305) 670-4949
Email: jclauser@epilepsyfl.org

Project Description

There is no systematic, effective service delivery for children and youth with epilepsy in Florida. There is a lack of clear data; those identified are not receiving comprehensive services, and the health care system is intricate. This is complicated by poor communication between PCP’s and specialists, inconsistent quality of care, and a lack of education about epilepsy which produces stigma and a fear of discrimination.

Project Title: MCH Pipeline Training Program

Grant Number: T16MC29833
Project Start Date: June 01, 2016
Project End Date: May 31, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
Address: Spectrum Blvd Tampa FL 33612
Project Director: Anna Armstrong
Phone Number: (813) 974-7594
Email: amarmstrong@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: CISS -Local/State

Grant Number: H25MC30342
Project Start Date: August 01, 2016
Project End Date: July 31, 2021
Organization: FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF HEALTHY START COALITIONS INC
Address: E Bay Dr Largo FL 33771
Project Director: Allison Parish
Phone Number: (904) 338-3502
Email: aparish@fahsc.org

Project Description

Like most other states, Florida’s efforts to develop an integrated and coordinated system of early childhood services has been challenged by programmatic siloes, categorical funding streams, program-specific data systems, and resource constraints. Additionally, there are significant disparities in health and developmental outcomes for children of color driven by inequities in economic and educational opportunities, access to care, and other factors that impact under-resourced communities.

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

Grant Number: H49MC27805
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: JOHNS HOPKINS ALL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, INC.
Address: 6th Ave S St Petersburg FL 33701
Project Director: Sheila Devanesan
Phone Number: (727) 767-1267
Email: Sheila.devanesan@allkids.org

Project Description

Pinellas County is the most densely populated county in Florida, located centrally on the west coast of Florida, with its two largest cities being St. Petersburg and Clearwater. In south St. Petersburg and a section of Clearwater, the 2013-2015 infant death rate among the babies of Black/African American women was above 8.8 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The Healthy Start program at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital qualifies for the funding with an infant mortality rate for Black/African American infants of 11.7 deaths per 1,000 live births from 2013-2015 (40 deaths).

Project Title: Autism Secondary Data Analysis Research (SDAR) Program

Grant Number: R41MC33088
Project Start Date: September 01, 2019
Project End Date: August 31, 2020
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Address: 207 Grinter Hall,PO Box 115500 Gainesville FL 32611
Project Director: Amber M Angell
Phone Number: (352) 273-6136
Email: aangell@phhp.ufl.edu

Project Description

Girls with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are an understudied group. Very little is known about their healthcare utilization, especially of girls from underserved groups. There is a critical need to study the healthcare needs, experiences, and utilization patterns of girls with ASD.

Project Title: Pediatric Pulmonary Centers

Grant Number: T72MC00002
Project Start Date: July 01, 1990
Project End Date: June 30, 2020
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Address: 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: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC00051
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition
Address: Cesery Blvd Jacksonville FL 32211
Project Director: Teneshia Lambey
Phone Number: (904) 353-2130 Extn-1005
Email: tlambey@nefhsc.org

Project Description

The Magnolia Project focuses on Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Healthy by focusing on the urban area of Jacksonville, Duval County, known as Health Zone 1. The project target the area with infant mortality rate of 11.7 deaths per 1,000 live births. The project has worked to reduce infant mortality by improving the health of at risk women before and between pregnancy in response to the Perinatal Periods of Risk analysis and finding from the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review project that demonstrated the impact of pre- can interconceptional health poor birth outcomes particularly for African-American mothers. The initiative adopted the Healthy Start services ( outreach, screening, case management, and risk reduction, health education) as well as expanded access to well- woman, prenatal and primary care at on site embedded in the target community.

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

Grant Number: H49MC07500
Project Start Date: August 01, 2006
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: The Center for Health Equity, Inc.
Address: E Jefferson St Quincy FL 32351
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 women 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.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020