Georgia Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program

Grant Number: T76MC28446
Project Start Date: June 01, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: EMORY UNIVERSITY
Address: Clifton Rd NE Atlanta GA 30322
Project Director: Michael R Kramer
Phone Number: (404) 727-9818
Email: mkram02@emory.edu

Project Description

Emory has established an MCH Center of Excellence to increase MCH workforce diversity and improve MCH public health leadership competence through education, science and practice.

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Field-Initiated Research Program

Grant Number: R40MC32878
Project Start Date: July 01, 2019
Project End Date: June 30, 2020
Organization: AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
Address: 1120 15th St Augusta GA 30912
Project Director: Teal Benevides
Phone Number: (706) 446-0003
Email: teal.benevides@gmail.com

Project Description

Between 20 to 40% of adolescents have a lifetime prevalence of a mental health condition [1]. Unfortunately, suicide is a corresponding outcome of poor mental health, and is among the top three leading causes of death among 10-34 year olds [2]. Given the high rates of mortality due to suicide, ensuring that high-risk groups receive mental health treatment are priorities of Healthy People 2020 and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Healthy People 2020 recognizes 12 long-term priorities to improve mental health outcomes in the United States, with 50% of the goals related to improving mental health outcomes among youth under the age of 18 years [3]. Similarly, MCHB [4] has prioritized two National Outcome Measures associated with mental health: obtaining mental health treatment (NOM-18), and reducing suicide among adolescents (NOM-16.3). Improving receipt of mental health treatment is limited by lack of knowledge of life course longitudinal outcomes, which this study aims to add

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC25700
Project Start Date: March 01, 2013
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: PUBLIC HEALTH, GEORGIA DEPT OF
Address: Peachtree St NW Atlanta GA 30303
Project Director: Michele Mindlin
Phone Number: (404) 657-2611
Email: michele.mindlin@dph.ga.gov

Project Description

The proposed activities aim to: 1) enhance the ability of Georgia’s Title V Block Grant program to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate women’s health programs, especially those related to reproductive health services, 2) increase the use of data linkages to support data-driven decision making, and 3) support emerging MCH surveillance and data needs related to infant health, particularly birth defects due to in utero exposures and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). The purpose of these proposed activities is to provide Georgia’s Title V program with policy and program relevant data to guide decision-making and resource allocation in support of effective, efficient, and quality programming for women, infants, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC07947
Project Start Date: June 01, 2007
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Parent to Parent of Georgia, Inc.
Address: Presidential Parkway Atlanta GA 30340
Project Director: Sitara Nayak
Phone Number: (770) 451-5484
Email: sitara@p2pga.org

Project Description

Georgia has a higher level of poverty compared the national average (18.4 % of Georgians live below the poverty line compared to 15.5% nationally) and a significant number of families with CYSHCN fall below the poverty line. Georgia ranks 34 in the nation for spending per capita on waiver programs and currently 6,000 people are on a wait list, leading to thousands of CYSCHN families with very few services that can support the needs of their children. In 2015 Georgia's F2F worked together with GA Dept. of Public Health and launched a needs assessment, the focus was health literacy and transition to adult health care. The critical needs identified were 1. Strong relationships between parents and medical providers 2. Access to reliable information and training 3. Value of family support and parent support networks 4. Lack of sustained and quality care coordination 5. Lack of standard practices related to transition to adult healthcare

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC22706
Project Start Date: July 01, 2011
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: Georgia Department of Public Health
Address: Peachtree St NW Atlanta GA 30303
Project Director: Kelly Dundon
Phone Number: (404) 463-3476
Email: kelly.dundon@dph.ga.gov

Project Description

The first three years of life are a critical time period for early brain development. Without early identification and intervention, infants that are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) are at risk for limited exposure to sensory information required to promote neurodevelopment. The Georgia EHDI program strives to identify children who are DHH within the first few months of life and connect them to early and appropriate intervention, so they can optimize the rapid neurodevelopment in the first years of life. The EHDI programs aims to build and sustain a well-coordinated system of identification and linkage to early intervention. During the budget year, the EHDI program worked collaboratively with the Department of Early Care and Learning and Department of Education to lay a foundation for long-term evaluation of the impact early identification and intervention have on school performance for DHH children. Academic success as a long-term outcome reinforces the imperative of early identific

Project Title: Regional Genetics Networks

Grant Number: UH7MC30772
Project Start Date: June 01, 2017
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: EMORY UNIVERSITY
Address: 1599 Clifton Road NE, 4th Floor,1599-001-1BA Atlanta GA 30322
Project Director: Rani H Singh
Phone Number: (404) 778-8519
Email: rsingh@emory.edu

Project Description

SERN is one of the poorest regions in the country with a current population explosion in some states with much of the rise due to increases in ethnic minority groups and foreign-born individuals. Genetic conditions affect individuals and families of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds across their lifespan. The growing need for genetic services threatens to overwhelm the limited public assistance, health-care programs and work force knowledgeable in the field. This is likely to increase the need for services in the already overburdened healthcare system. While the previous grant periods progressed towards correcting this maldistribution of newborn screening programs, this region continues to experience a high level of maldistributed access to genetic services. A critical need exists to coordinate public health and clinical system efforts and deliver services through health information technologies to enhance outreach, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of genetic services.

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

Grant Number: H49MC00119
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: CENTER FOR BLACK WOMEN'S WELLNESS, INC.
Address: Windsor St SW Atlanta GA 30312
Project Director: Jemea S Dorsey
Phone Number: (404) 688-9202 Extn-119
Email: jemea@cbww.org

Project Description

In Fulton County, the predominantly African American areas in the South and South West regions of the county have the highest confluence of infant mortality, pre-term births, low birth weight births, and maternal mortality among Black non-Hispanics. The Atlanta Healthy Start Initiative (AHSI) will implement culturally appropriate approaches to address maternal and infant mortality, resulting in reductions in pre-term and low birth weight rates, increased rates of entry into prenatal care, and strengthened coordination of care. AHSI will serve at least 300 pregnant women, 300 infants and children up to 18 months and 100 fathers/male partners annually.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC23294
Project Start Date: July 01, 2011
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Georgia Department of Public Health
Address: Peachtree St NW Atlanta GA 30303
Project Director: Norma J Campbell
Phone Number: (770) 996-6179
Email: norma.campbell@dph.ga.gov

Project Description

  • Georgia requires all licensed EMS agencies to submit NEMSIS 3.X data and 80% of these services are compliant. • Of EMS agencies, 32% have a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC), 33% of agencies that do not and are interested in having a PECC, and 31% do have a PECC and have not expressed interest to have one. • The GA EMSC survey shows 12% of Georgia EMS agencies evaluate pediatric skills with a rubric There is not a process developed for facility recognition on management of pediatric medical and/or trauma emergencies. • Of Georgia hospitals, 42% have inter-facility transfer agreements and 62% have inter-facility transfer guidelines. • The pediatric readiness evaluation of hospital emergency departments is 71% from a survey conducted in 2013. • Of EMSC priorities, 3 exist in statues or regulations. • The EMSC program manager remains a part-time position. • The EMSC Advisory Council and the required membership is meeting 4 times per year.

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

Grant Number: H49MC32732
Project Start Date: April 01, 2019
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: Corporation Of Mercer University, The
Address: 1501 Mercer University Dr Macon GA 31207
Project Director: DeLaine W Samples
Phone Number: (478) 301-2627
Email: samples.dw@mercer.edu

Project Description

Georgia is among the worst states in the US for maternal and child health outcomes, ranking 46th in infant mortality and ranking worst in the nation in maternal mortality. Infant and maternal mortality rates are even higher in rural than urban Georgia due to elevated barriers to maternal/child health, including lower access to prenatal care, lower availability of health education, and lack of birthing hospitals. Rural minority women have even worse outcomes. For example, rural African-Americans in Georgia have more than double the infant mortality rate (13.1 vs 6.4) and a 20% higher maternal mortality rate than rural Caucasians (83.7 vs 68.9). South Georgia Healthy Start (SGHS) is designed to eliminate these disparities in infant mortality and maternal mortality/severe morbidity in a 7-county region of rural South Georgia (Appling, Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Jenkins, Tattnall and Toombs)

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

Grant Number: X10MC33574
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: PUBLIC HEALTH, GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 2 Peachtree St DEPT OF Atlanta GA 30303
Project Director: Twanna Nelson
Phone Number: (404) 657-2465
Email: twanna.nelson@dph.ga.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: H49MC32733
Project Start Date: April 01, 2019
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: PUBLIC HEALTH, GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 2 Peachtree St NW Atlanta GA 30303
Project Director: Natasha Worthy
Phone Number: (404) 657-2887
Email: Natasha.Worthy@dph.ga.gov

Project Description

Georgia has a critical need to reduce the rates of infant and maternal mortality. In 2017, Georgia's IMR was 7.2 per 1,000 live births; 932 Georgia infants died before their first birthday. Over the last decade, Georgia's infant mortality rate fluctuated between 6.3 and 8.0 deaths per 1,000 live births. In 2016, The Yale School of Public Health found that the pregnancy-related maternal mortality ratio in Georgia was 40.8 per 100,000 live births. The maternal death rate for black women in Georgia is twice that for white women in Georgia and 6 times the rate for white women. These staggering rates and the underlying racial and ethnic disparities served strong evidence of why funding was greatly needed. GA-DPH partnered the South Public Health District- which includes Lowndes, Echols, and Brook counties that are situated in the rural southern part of the state and the West Central Health District- Muscogee County. These areas have consistently higher infant mortality rates than the state

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

Grant Number: H49MC27808
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: CLAYTON, COUNTY OF
Address: Battlecreek Rd Jonesboro GA 30236
Project Director: Jennifer Beane
Phone Number: (770) 710-2730
Email: jennifer.beane@dph.ga.gov

Project Description

The Healthier Generations Project strives to improve birth outcomes among African American females by implanting interventions that will 1) reduce post neonatal deaths; 2) increase holistic healthier behaviors; 3) promote positive parenting and family resiliency; and improve preconception health.

Project Title: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC28292
Project Start Date: March 01, 2015
Project End Date: February 29, 2020
Organization: INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR DISADVANTAGE AND DISABLITY, INC.
Address: Memorial Drive Decatur GA 30032
Project Director: Laura M. Wells
Phone Number: (404) 303-5126
Email: lauraw@isdd-home.org

Project Description

Children who have experienced homelessness or other instabilities, such as living in a home with maternal substance abuse, are at greater risk for poorer health outcomes than children who live in stable homes. Healthcare Without Walls seeks to improve health outcomes for these children and ensure that they have a medical home.

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

Grant Number: R41MC33089
Project Start Date: September 01, 2019
Project End Date: August 31, 2020
Organization: Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.
Address: PO BOX 3999 Atlanta GA 30302
Project Director: Brian Barger
Phone Number: (404) 413-1289
Email: bbarger1@gsu.edu

Project Description

The primary purpose of this project is to determine whether racial/ethnic discrepancies in the conjoint receipt of developmental screening and monitoring exist, and if differences in developmental surveillance receipt predict racial/ethnic discrepancies of identified ASD in children under the age of 3.

Project Title: Hemophilia Treatment Centers (SPRANS)

Grant Number: H30MC24046
Project Start Date: June 01, 2012
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Hemophilia of Georgia, Inc.
Address: Roswell Rd Atlanta GA 30350
Project Director: Ruth Brown
Phone Number: (770) 518-8272 Extn-209
Email: rrbrown@hog.org

Project Description

CDC statistics show that patients receiving care outside of HTCs have 60% higher mortality rates than those receiving care in HTCs, illustrating the importance of HTC care. Patients enrolled receive home infusion training, which decreases ER visits, hospitalizations, crippling, and even death.

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

Grant Number: T73MC19939
Project Start Date: July 01, 2011
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FDN., INC.
Address: Atlanta GA 30302
Project Director: Daniel B Crimmins
Phone Number: (404) 413-1286
Email: dcrimmins@gsu.edu

Project Description

There is a tremendous need for GaLEND in Georgia: There are many children and families seeking services, too few providers to serve them, and much frustration experienced by parents of children with ASD/DD. GaLEND addresses this need, and, just as importantly, has played an important role in further defining the scope of this need, and the policy and practice solutions required to ensure that families can access services in all areas of Georgia, both rural and urban, as well as the broader region and the nation.

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

Grant Number: H49MC32731
Project Start Date: April 01, 2019
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: COBB COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH
Address: 1650 County Services Pkwy SW Marietta GA 30008
Project Director: Jan Heidrich-Rice
Phone Number: (770) 514-2325
Email: jan.heidrich-rice@dph.ga.gov

Project Description

The Maternal and Infant Mortality Rate within the Black Non-Hispanic community of Cobb-Douglas is currently 1.5% above the U.S. national average.

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

Grant Number: H49MC00122
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: LAURENS COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH
Address: 2121B Bellevue Rd Dublin GA 31021
Project Director: Candace S Christian
Phone Number: (478) 275-6545
Email: candace.christian@dph.ga.gov

Project Description

Racial and geographic disparities in perinatal health exist for the 10-county rural project area in middle Georgia known as the South Central Health District (SCHD). The African American infant mortality rate (IMR) for the HRSA reference years of 2013-2015 was 15.3 compared to a national average of 5.8. The IMR for all infants in the SCHD was 11.1, demonstrating a geographic disparity as well. Low birth weight for infants of AA mothers was 14.8% in the SCHD compared to 8.1% for all US infants. The presence of a geographic disparity is also supported by LBW for all SCHD infants of 10.3%. Rural middle Georgia is impacted by an increased rate of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and environmental exposure. PPOR for the SCHD indicates that 65% of infant mortality is due to women's health before pregnancy. The Heart of Georgia Healthy Start Initiative implements evidence-based, innovative, and community-driven approaches for eliminating racial and geographic perinatal health inequities.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020