Illinois Discretionary Awards

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

Grant Number: H49MC27838
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: SGA YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES NFP
Address: E Adams St Chicago IL 60603
Project Director: Marquita Cox
Phone Number: (773) 629-6171
Email: mcox@sga-youth.org

Project Description

There are high infant mortality rates and SGA will mobilize a collaborative network of leaders to expand MCH services on the Southeast and Southwest side of Chicago. SGA and their subcontractor (Chicago Family Health Center) will provide services to a total of 700 clients.

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

Grant Number: H98MC33237
Project Start Date: September 01, 2019
Project End Date: August 31, 2023
Organization: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Of Chicago
Address: 225 E Chicago Ave # 205 Chicago IL 60611
Project Director: Liz Higgins
Phone Number: (773) 755-6307
Email: ehiggins@luriechildrens.org

Project Description

COllaborative Neurology Network for Enhanced Care through Telehealth for Children and Youth with Epilepsy (CONNECT for CYE) is a fixed site telemedicine program spearheaded by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children's). Through the financial assistance provided by this grant and our telemedicine technology, this program will connect partnering primary care providers in east-central Illinois with Lurie Children's pediatric specialists in Chicago, IL. We will leverage our existing telehealth infrastructure to successfully connect at least one hundred children with epilepsy in this rural and underserved area to the pediatric Epilepsy Center team at Lurie Children's Hospital over four years.

Project Title: MCH Research Network Programs

Grant Number: UA6MC15585
Project Start Date: September 01, 2009
Project End Date: August 31, 2020
Organization: AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
Address: NORTHWEST POINT BOULEVARD Elk Grove Village IL 60007
Project Director: Alexander G Fiks
Phone Number: (267) 426-2304
Email: fiks@email.chop.edu

Project Description

More than three decades of PROS research in primary care has informed new guidelines, expanded resources for practice, and enhanced guideline credibility for primary care practitioners; and created a consolidated network of electronic health records (EHR) representing over 2 million children. However, several efforts are needed to enhance network effectiveness and impact: 1) innovative technologies for network connection and communication; 2) novel methodologies that incorporate electronic technologies into primary care research; and 3) expanded cross-disciplinary and family participation in network governance, research, and dissemination activities.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC27377
Project Start Date: July 01, 2014
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: PUBLIC HEALTH, ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF
Address: W Jefferson St Springfield IL 62702
Project Director: Andrea Palmer
Phone Number: (312) 814-1884
Email: andrea.palmer@illinois.gov

Project Description

The Illinois Title V Program places a strong emphasis on improving data capacity and infrastructure to support maternal and child health (MCH) programs. As a result of the 2015 Title V Needs Assessment, Illinois chose to select a state MCH priority centered on data: “Strengthen the MCH capacity for data collection, linkage, analysis and dissemination; Improve MCH data systems and infrastructure.” The decision to have a priority specifically focused on data systems and infrastructure arose from the commitment of the Title V program to ensuring evidence-based practice and data-driven decision-making. The Illinois Title V program is implementing capacity-building projects that will support staff development, analytic activities, data linkage and data system enhancement over the five-year grant period.

Project Title: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC30729
Project Start Date: March 01, 2017
Project End Date: February 28, 2022
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, THE
Address: S Ellis Ave Chicago IL 60637
Project Director: Daniel C Johnson
Phone Number: (773) 834-0497
Email: djohnson@peds.bsd.uchicago.edu

Project Description

Childhood asthma disparities persist, especially in urban, minority, and underserved communities like the South Side of Chicago. Pediatric asthma care is usually the province of PCPs, but for children with difficult to control asthma, the need for subspecialty care is common; about 14% of children with asthma are referred to a subspecialist for consultation. Unfortunately, the literature has also shown there to be significant health disparities in access to specialty care. A study of access to asthma subspecialty care showed that children with non-Medicaid insurance were 2.5-3.5 times more likely to have received subspecialty care for their asthma. NHLBI outlines evidence-based guidelines that were shown to be effective in improving asthma control, decreasing morbidity, and reducing healthcare utilization when implemented by PCPs in an underserved urban community. Despite these promising findings, studies have shown significant gaps remain between the guidelines and the care provided.

Project Title: State Maternal Health Innovation Program

Grant Number: U7AMC33720
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2024
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Address: 809 S Marshfield Ave Chicago IL 60612
Project Director: Peggy Diskin
Phone Number: (312) 996-2862
Email: mmcand1@uic.edu

Project Description

The State Maternal Health Innovation Program will assist states in addressing disparities in maternal health and improving maternal health outcomes, with an emphasis on preventing and reducing maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity.

Project Title: Bright Futures Pediatric Implementation

Grant Number: U04MC31627
Project Start Date: May 01, 2018
Project End Date: April 30, 2023
Organization: AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
Address: Park Blvd, Itasca IL 60143
Project Director: Darcy Steinberg
Phone Number: (847) 434-7935
Email: dsteinberg@aap.org

Project Description

Preventable diseases continue to rank as some of the most common health risks facing children in the United States, with current high priority health issues including childhood obesity, mental health problems, and substance use. These risks impact all children, particularly those from high-risk groups and emphasize the importance of disseminating accurate information to key stakeholders regarding how best to promote health and prevent disease through preventive health care services. Child health promotion and preventive services have the potential to deliver a “triple dividend,” as benefits may be seen during childhood, across the child’s life-course, and, because children are future parents, benefits include offering a healthy start to life for the next generation. The overall goal is to improve health outcomes for the nation’s infants, children, and adolescents by increasing the quality of primary and preventive care using age-specific, evidence-driven clinical guidelines.

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

Grant Number: H49MC00110
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness, Inc.
Address: Governors Hwy Olympia Flds IL 60461
Project Director: Contessa McQueen
Phone Number: (708) 679-8138
Email: CMcQueen@auntmarthas.org

Project Description

Aunt Martha's Healthy Start program will improve perinatal outcomes and address disparities in perinatal health. High-risk pregnant women are identified and enrolled in prenatal care, medical and social service needs are met, and services continue the infants' first two years of life.

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program

Grant Number: T76MC00009
Project Start Date: July 01, 1983
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS @ CHICAGO
Address: W Polk St Chicago IL 60612
Project Director: Arden Handler
Phone Number: (312) 996-5954
Email: handler@uic.edu

Project Description

While there have been dramatic improvements in the health status of the MCH population, new threats have emerged & disparities remain. The MCH workforce must have the appropriate skills to effectively tackle challenges & pursue new opportunities to improve the health of this population.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC04498
Project Start Date: April 01, 2005
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Address: W Polk St Chicago IL 60612
Project Director: Ralph Schubert
Phone Number: (217) 558-2350 Extn-195
Email: rmschube@uic.edu

Project Description

Certain areas of the state of Illinois have a disproportionate number of infants who drop out of the newborn hearing screening and follow-up system. The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) project operated by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (UIC-DSCC) established a “Learning Community” for one of these areas, the Auburn Gresham Community Area in the City of Chicago. In addition to this concerted effort, Illinois’ EHDI system (the combined efforts of UIC-DSCC and the Illinois Department of Public Health’s [IDPH] EHDI program, which is supported by funds from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) monitors achievement of the “1-3-6” goals statewide.

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

Grant Number: H49MC00049
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
Address: State St E Saint Louis IL 62203
Project Director: Paula Brodie
Phone Number: (618) 978-6018
Email: pbrodie@sihf.org

Project Description

SIHF Healthcare Healthy Start seeks to reduce infant mortality, reduce disparities in perinatal health outcomes among African Americans in the urban project area of Greater East St. Louis and Belleville, Illinois, and facilitate access to comprehensive health care and social services for women, infants, and their families. SIHF Healthy Start strategy to reduce infant mortality is grounded in a multi-pronged approach that reflects a life course perspective, addresses key social determinants of health, utilizes a patient-centered approach to engage and empower program participants. The multi-pronged approach also seeks to increase health insurance enrollment, access to medical and behavioral health services, and strengthen system coordination and integration. SIHF Healthy Start promotes multi-sector collaboration, public and private collaboration at the local and state level.

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

Grant Number: T73MC11047
Project Start Date: September 01, 2008
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: University of Illinois at Chicago
Address: AOB, M/C 672, 1737 West Polk Street Chicago IL 60612
Project Director: Kruti Acharya
Phone Number: (773) 413-1495
Email: acharyak@uic.edu

Project Description

The IL LEND will address the increased need for MCH leaders working with children with special healthcare needs and their families through interdisciplinary training, strategic partnerships, community engagement, faculty professional development, and ongoing technical assistance and dissemination.

Project Title: Comprehensive Hemophilia Diagnostic and Treatment Centers

Grant Number: UC8MC24079
Project Start Date: June 01, 2012
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network
Address: Treasure Ln Riverwoods IL 60015
Project Director: Karen A Droze
Phone Number: (800) 360-2846 Extn-117
Email: kdroze@athn.org

Project Description

Inherited bleeding and clotting disorders affect thousands of persons in the US and impact persons of all ages, races and socioeconomic status. These disorders are complex and difficult to treat and require integrated care. The NHPCC works in concert with the regions to standardize systems of care, and uphold best practices.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC06873
Project Start Date: May 01, 2006
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: THE ARC OF ILLINOIS
Address: S. LaGrange Rd Frankfort IL 60423
Project Director: Faye Manaster
Phone Number: (708) 560-6703
Email: fayemanaster@sbcglobal.net

Project Description

Operate and expand our parent -run center for Illinois families to receive education and information that will assist them to support their children and youth with special health care needs to live in the community, within the framework of project aims?

Project Title: Vision Screening in Young Children

Grant Number: H7MMC24738
Project Start Date: September 01, 2018
Project End Date: August 31, 2021
Organization: NATIONAL SOCIETY TO PREVENT BLINDNESS
Address: W Wacker Dr Chicago IL 60606
Project Director: Donna Fishman
Phone Number: (312) 363-6001
Email: dfishman@preventblindness.org

Project Description

Vision in young children represents a profound intersection between early development and learning success with that of good health. Because uncorrected vision problems can impair child development, interfere with learning, and even lead to permanent vision loss, early detection and treatment are critical. Increasing the proportion of children that receive either an evidence-based vision screening (in a public health setting, educational setting, or medical home) or an eye examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist is a national public health priority. The Vision in Young Children project promotes an evidence-based system for children’s vision and eye health through training and technical assistance; family/caregiver outreach and education; the development of a Community of Practice, titled Better Vision Together; and the development and publication of guidelines and other resources for professionals, volunteers and families/caregivers.

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

Grant Number: X10MC33578
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: HUMAN SERVICES, ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 401 S Clinton St Chicago IL 60607
Project Director: Lesley Schwartz
Phone Number: (312) 254-6118
Email: lesley.schwartz@illinois.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: H49MC32723
Project Start Date: April 01, 2019
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: COOK, COUNTY OF
Address: 1950 W. Polk Street, Chicago IL 60612
Project Director: Leticia Reyes-Nash
Phone Number: (312) 864-6404
Email: lrnash@cookcountyhhs.org

Project Description

The Cook County Healthy Start Initiative (CCHSI) project aims to help eliminate perinatal health disparities in Cook County, Illinois by providing case management support for African American (AA) women aged 15-45 at risk for poor birth outcomes, along with their infants and father/ partners, at CCHHS sites.The CCHSI will use a comprehensive risk screening and case management services to address physical health and psycho-social risk factors that impact birth outcomes for AA women, infants and their father/ partners, during the perinatal period. The program will work to identify and recruit AA women into early and adequate prenatal care, reduce the percentage of low birth weight and preterm infants, and link participants to the network of services they need. The program will primarily focus on 300 pregnant AA women at risk for poor birth outcomes; 100 AA mother-baby pairs for interconception care, who are in our registry and may have a child up to 18 months old in our family classes.

Project Title: Awareness of Epilepsy

Grant Number: U23MC26252
Project Start Date: September 01, 2013
Project End Date: August 31, 2023
Organization: AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
Address: Northwest Point Blvd Elk Grove Vlg IL 60007
Project Director: Sarah Hueneke
Phone Number: (630) 626-2464
Email: shueneke@aap.org

Project Description

Epilepsy is the most common childhood neurologic condition in the US with approximately 470,000 children aged birth to 18 years affected. Children and youth with epilepsy (CYE) are at higher risk for developmental, intellectual, and mental health comorbidities requiring complex, coordinated systems of primary and specialty care. The number of child neurologists is estimated to be at least 20% below the national need, resulting in limited access to care for CYE, especially in rural and medically underserved areas (MUA/Ps).

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC31621
Project Start Date: April 01, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Of Chicago
Address: 225 E Chicago Ave,Box 205 Chicago IL 60611
Project Director: Susan Fuchs
Phone Number: (312) 227-6647
Email: sfuchs@luriechildrens.org

Project Description

Federal EMSC Performance Measures (PM) have not been fully achieved in Illinois. PM targets that need to be reached are: pediatric emergency care coordinator designation (PM 02), demonstration of pediatric-specific equipment (PM 03), hospitals with interfacility transfer guidelines and agreements (PM 06 & 07), pediatric representation mandated on the State EMS Advisory Council (PM 08).

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

Grant Number: U1TMC31755
Project Start Date: July 01, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
Address: Park Blvd Itasca IL 60143
Project Director: Christina Boothby
Phone Number: (630) 626-6311
Email: cBoothby@aap.org

Project Description

A medical home is a critical component of preventive, acute, and chronic care for all children and youth—particularly children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Ongoing efforts at community, state, and national levels are still needed to address the universal adoption, integration and coordination of the patient/family-centered medical home model of care to improve the systems of services for CYSHCN and to ensure the best possible health outcomes for children. Out of the approximately 14.2 million children ages 0–17 years in the United States (19.4%) who have special health care needs, most children are not receiving care within a medical home (2016 National Survey of Children's Health data).

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

Grant Number: H49MC32722
Project Start Date: April 01, 2019
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Address: OFFICE OF GRANTS AND CONTRACTS MC551 809 S MARSHFIELD CHICAGO IL 60612
Project Director: Angela Ellison
Phone Number: (312) 996-4656
Email: aellison@uic.edu

Project Description

Healthy Start grant will provide the opportunity for OCEAN-HP to improve the health outcomes for women, infants and families in three Chicago communities with the potential to impact the health delivery system across multiple communities. The needs in these communities are illustrated by the 3 year average of the infant mortality rate of 13.0, 12.1 and 16.2 respectively. The scope of work include services and activities that will increase the community’s capacity to develop, sustain and monitor programs throughout the scope of the project and beyond. The services provided include medical, behavior health, service coordination, care management, education and parenting skill building.

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

Grant Number: H49MC00098
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: ACCESS COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK
Address: N Canal St Chicago IL 60606
Project Director: Timika Anderson Reeves
Phone Number: (312) 733-0065
Email: timika.anderson@achn.net

Project Description

Serving low income, west side Chicago communities, Westside Healthy Start provides comprehensive primary health care for pregnant women, interconception services, and follow-up care for infants, emphasizing case management, health education, and ongoing care for high-risk women, infants and families.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020