Georgia Discretionary Awards

Project Title: State Systems Development Initiative - Tier 2

Grant Number: H18MC25700
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: PUBLIC HEALTH, GEORGIA DEPT OF
Address: 2 Peachtree St NW Atlanta, GA 30303-3141
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, 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 Zika-associated birth defects 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: GA EMSC State-Partnership

Grant Number: H33MC23294
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Georgia Department of Public Health
Address: 2 Peachtree St., NW, FL 15, Atlanta, GA 30303-3141
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 statutes 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: Healthcare Without Walls Expansion

Grant Number: H17MC28292
Project Start Date: March 1, 2015
Project End Date: February 29, 2020
Organization: INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR DISADVANTAGE AND DISABLITY, INC.
Address: 4151 Memorial Drive # D-106 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: Regional Hemophilia Network (SPRANS)

Grant Number: H30MC24046
Project Start Date: June 1, 2017
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Hemophilia of Georgia, Inc.
Address: 8800 Roswell Rd. STE 170, Atlanta, GA 30350-1826
Project Director: Ruth Brown
Phone Number: (770) 518-8272
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: Atlanta Healthy Start initiative (AHSI)

Grant Number: H49MC00119
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: CENTER FOR BLACK WOMEN'S WELLNESS, INC.
Address: 477 Windsor St., SW Atlanta, GA 30312-2530
Project Director: Jemea S. Dorsey
Phone Number: (404) 688-9202
Email: jemea@cbww.org

Project Description

The Atlanta Healthy Start Initiative (AHSI) will implement culturally appropriate approaches to address infant mortality, resulting in reductions in low birthweight rates, increased rates of entry into prenatal care, and strengthened coordination for care for 500 women and infants per year.

Project Title: Heart of Georgia Healthy Start Initiative

Grant Number: H49MC00122
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: LAURENS COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH
Address: 2121B Bellevue Rd Dublin, GA 31021-2952
Project Director: Candace S. Christian
Phone Number: (478) 275-6545
Email: candace.christian@dph.ga.gov

Project Description

The Heart of Georgia Healthy Start Initiative (HGHSI) implements evidence-based, innovative, and community-driven approaches to eliminating racial and geographic perinatal health inequities for the 7-county rural population. The African American infant mortality rate (IMR) for the reference years of 2007-2009 was 11.1 compared to a national average IMR of 6.6.

Project Title: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

Grant Number: H49MC00129
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: April 30, 2019
Organization: AU MEDICAL CENTER, INC.
Address: 1120 15th St., Augusta, GA 30912-0004
Project Director: Sandra Inglett
Phone Number: (706) 721-4692
Email: singlett@Augusta.edu

Project Description

The service area are poverty ridden with high unemployment & entrenched societal problems contributing heavily to the disparities among women and children, especially for birth outcomes, women's health, health risk exposure of children, dysfunction of families & a sense of community disengagement.

Project Title: Georgia Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program

Grant Number: H61MC22706
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: Georgia Department of Public Health
Address: 2 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta, GA 30303-3141
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 identification.

Project Title: Family to Family Health Information Grant-Parent to Parent of GA

Grant Number: H84MC07947
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Parent to Parent of Georgia, Inc.
Address: 3805 Presidential Parkway STE 207 Atlanta, GA 30340-3720
Project Director: Susan Brown
Phone Number: (770) 451-5484
Email: susan@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 8,000 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: Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Grant Number: T73MC19939
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FDN., INC.
Address: Office of Sponsored Programs/Univ Research Services & Admin PO BOX 3999 Atlanta, GA 30302-3999
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: Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program

Grant Number: T76MC28446
Project Start Date: June 1, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: EMORY UNIVERSITY
Address: 1599 Clifton Rd NE FL 4th Atlanta, GA 30322-4250
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: Regional Genetics Networks

Grant Number: UH7MC30772
Project Start Date: June 1, 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.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020