Illinois Discretionary Awards

Project Title: State System Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC27377
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: 535 W. Jefferson St FL 1 Springfield, IL 62702-5076
Project Director: Abigail Holicky
Phone Number: (312) 814-4532

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: Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership in Illinois

Grant Number: H33MC31621
Project Start Date: April 1, 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

Project Description

Federal EMSC Performance Measures (PM) have not been fully achieved in Illinois. PM targets that need to be reached are: NEMSIS version 3 submission compliance (PM 01), 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: Bright Futures Pediatric Implementation

Grant Number: U04MC31627
Project Start Date: May 1, 2018
Project End Date: April 30, 2023
Address: 345 Park Blvd, Itasca, IL 60143
Project Director: Darcy Steinberg
Phone Number: (847) 434-7935

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

Grant Number: U1TMC31755
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Address: 345 Park Blvd, Itasca, IL 60143
Project Director: Christina Boothby
Phone Number: (630) 626-6311

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 Tomorrows

Grant Number: H17MC26771
Project Start Date: March 1, 2014
Project End Date: February 28, 2019
Address: 2001 S. California Ave STE 100 Chicago, IL 60608-2486
Project Director: Esther Kirov
Phone Number: (773) 584-6200

Project Description

Healthy Tomorrows provides vital culturally and linguistically appropriate support and education services to pregnant women and new mothers, in order to reduces breastfeeding disparities and boost rates of preventive pediatric screenings among low income Latinas living in medically underserved communities on Chicago’s southwest side.

Project Title: Building Primary Care Capacity for the Management of Complex Pediatric Asthma in Underserved Areas

Grant Number: H17MC30729
Project Start Date: March 1, 2017
Project End Date: February 28, 2022
Address: 5841 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL 60637-1404
Project Director: Daniel C. Johnson
Phone Number: (773) 834-0497

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: SIHF Healthy Start

Grant Number: H49MC00049
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Address: 8080 State St E Saint Louis, IL 62203-1808
Project Director: Paula Brodie
Phone Number: (618) 978-6018

Project Description

Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF) Healthy Start seeks to reduce infant mortality, close the gap in perinatal health disparities among African Americans in the urban project area of Greater East St. Louis and Belleville, IL, and facilitate access to comprehensive health 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, increases health insurance enrollment and access to care, strengthens system coordination and service integration, and promotes multi-sector, public and private collaboration at the local and state level.

Project Title: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

Grant Number: H49MC00098
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Address: 222 N. Canal St Chicago, IL 60606-1206
Project Director: Timika Anderson Reeves
Phone Number: (312) 733-0065

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 and infants.

Project Title: Midwest Healthy Start Initiative

Grant Number: H49MC27838
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Address: 11 E. Adams St STE 1500 Chicago, IL 60603-6301
Project Director: Marquita Cox
Phone Number: (773) 629-6171

Project Description

There are high infant mortality rates and SGA will mobilize a collaborative network of leaders to expand MCH services on the Southeast side of Chicago. SGA and their subcontractors (Chicago Family Health Center) will provide services to a total of 1000 clients.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program- Noncompeting Continuation Report

Grant Number: H61MC04498
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Address: Mail Stop Code: AOB 304, (M/C 672) 1737 W. Polk St Chicago, IL 60612-7224
Project Director: Ralph Schubert
Phone Number: (217) 558-2350

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: Vision Screening in Young Children

Grant Number: H7MMC24738
Project Start Date: September 1, 2018
Project End Date: August 31, 2021
Address: 211 W. Wacker Dr STE 1700 Chicago, IL 60606-1375
Project Director: Donna Fishman
Phone Number: (312) 363-6001

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: Family to Family Health Information Center

Grant Number: H84MC06873
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Address: 20901 S. LaGrange Rd STE 209 Frankfort, IL 60423-3197
Project Director: Faye Manaster
Phone Number: (708) 560-6703

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: Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program (IL LEND)

Grant Number: T73MC11047
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: University of Illinois at Chicago
Address: 304 AOB, M/C 672, 1737 West Polk Street Chicago, IL 60612-7227
Project Director: Kruti Acharya
Phone Number: (773) 413-1495

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: Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

Grant Number: T76MC00009
Project Start Date: June 1, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Address: Mail Stop Code:AOB 304, (M/C 672) 1737 W Polk St Chicago, IL 60612-7224
Project Director: Arden Handler
Phone Number: (312) 996-5954

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: Comprehensive Hemophilia Diagnostic and Treatment Centers - National Hemophilia Prg Coordinating Ctr

Grant Number: UC8MC24079
Project Start Date: June 1, 2017
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network
Address: 72 Treasure Ln Riverwoods, IL 60015-3754
Project Director: Karen A. Droze
Phone Number: (800) 360-2846

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.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020