Indiana Discretionary Awards

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

Grant Number: H49MC32726
Project Start Date: April 01, 2019
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: INDIANA RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
Address: 1418 N 1000 W Linton IN 47441
Project Director: Cindy Large
Phone Number: (812) 478-3919 Extn-229
Email: clarge@indianarha.org

Project Description

The state of Indiana ranks among the lowest quartile in the nation for infant mortality rate (IMR) – 44th – with a rate of 7.5 deaths per 1,000 live births as of 2016. This issue is particularly alarming when compared to the most recent, national estimate of 5.9 deaths per 1,000 and is further underscored by the statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that, “the infant mortality rate is an important marker of the overall health of a society.” The four rural counties within the target service area – Daviess, Dubois, Greene, and Martin – comprise one of the highest-need regions within the state of Indiana for myriad health outcomes. The calculated IMR for this region exceeds the national average by over 150 percent, measuring a staggering 9.0 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC11304
Project Start Date: March 01, 2009
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Address: Union Dr Indianapolis IN 46202
Project Director: Elizabeth Weinstein
Phone Number: (317) 630-7399
Email: elweinst@iupui.edu

Project Description

Indiana Emergency Medical Services for Children will focus on the overarching goal of reducing pediatric morbidity and mortality as a result of severe injury and illness through the use of the following: educational outreach and programming; injury prevention outreach and education; periodic needs assessments with benchmarking of progress in key initiatives; pediatric policy recommendations for local, institutional, and statewide programs; development of infrastructure to support pediatric emergency care coordinator networks; and various projects to ensure access to appropriate medical care and supplies within a timely manner throughout the state. This program’s plan has been developed in consultation with consultants at the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center, the National EMSC Data Analysis Center(NEDARC), and key Indiana stakeholders.

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

Grant Number: H49MC00138
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: HEALTH & HOSPITAL CORP OF MARION COUNTY
Address: N Rural St Indianapolis IN 46205
Project Director: Yvonne H Beasley
Phone Number: (317) 221-2347
Email: ybeasley@marionhealth.org

Project Description

Indianapolis has a long history of elevated infant mortality rates (IMR). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the IMR for all Marion County infants was 8.47 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016, compared to 5.87 infant deaths per 1,000 live births for U.S.-born infants (144% higher). Data from the CDC shows the IMR in Marion County, which contains the Indianapolis city limits, has fallen 1.12% in the last 10 years. However, CDC data show that the disparity ratio between non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic White Marion County infants has remained constant at 2.0 during that 10-year period. When stratifying by race and ethnicity, IMRs for Marion County infants were between 109-144% higher for all race and ethnicity categories than U.S. infants. Thus, it is not surprising that Indianapolis was one of the early Healthy Start grantees, first funded in 1997.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC23640
Project Start Date: April 01, 2012
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: N Meridian St Indianapolis IN 46204
Project Director: Suzanne Foley
Phone Number: (317) 232-0927
Email: SFoley@isdh.IN.gov

Project Description

Indiana EHDI is responsible for monitoring procedures related to mandatory newborn hearing screening at birhting facilities, identification and rehabiliation efforts for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. the program's mandated goals of "1-3-6", include ensuring that all Indiana babies receive a newborn hearing screening by one month of age, be identified as deaf or hard of hearing by three months of age and enroll in early intervention services by six months of age.

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

Grant Number: X10MC33579
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: Indiana State Department Of Health
Address: 2 N Meridian St Indianapolis IN 46204
Project Director: Cassondra Kinderman
Phone Number: (317) 234-8993
Email: ckinderman@isdh.in.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: H49MC32727
Project Start Date: April 01, 2019
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: Union Hospital, Inc.
Address: 1606 N 7TH ST TERRE HAUTE IN 47804
Project Director: Jaimee Goodman
Phone Number: (812) 238-7479
Email: jgoodman@uhhg.org

Project Description

WCIHS is based on a three-pronged approach to improve outcomes for the targeted population: (1) Improving women’s health by wrapping navigation services around them in partnership with primary care providers, services providers, and religious institutions; (2) Leverage integration within medical home to support and improve health and wellness through evidence based practices and education; (3) Engage the community to promote long lasting change across the region through a focus on collective impact to fill gaps rather than duplicate efforts.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00017
Project Start Date: October 01, 1996
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: N Meridian St Indianapolis IN 46204
Project Director: Megan L Griffie
Phone Number: (463) 202-4510
Email: MGriffie@isdh.in.gov

Project Description

The State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) grant Program complements the federal Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant program by supporting awardees with resources to understand the overcome data challenges. Program leaders for Title V MCH programs collect a wide array of information from targeted populations in order to assess program efficacy and generate performance measure reports. The complete, timely and accurate capture of this data allows for a strong understanding of the community being served and the programs being implemented so leaders are able to make data-driven decisions based directly upon the unique community needs. As a Tier 2 applicant, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) will focus on data capacity, interoperability, and meaningful use of data as a surveillance tool for programmatic growth in MCH initiatives.

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

Grant Number: H49MC32725
Project Start Date: April 01, 2019
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: FORT WAYNE MEDICAL SOCIETY FOUNDATION INC
Address: 750 Broadway Ste 250 Fort Wayne IN 46802
Project Director: Paige Wilkins
Phone Number: (260) 469-4076
Email: pwilkins@hmbindiana.org

Project Description

The initiative is aimed at reducing infant mortality and improving birth outcomes in the most at-risk zip codes of Allen County, Indiana including 46806, 46803, 46816, 46805, 46815 and 46802.

Project Title: CISS -Local/State

Grant Number: H25MC00263
Project Start Date: July 01, 2003
Project End Date: July 31, 2021
Organization: INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: N Meridian St Indianapolis IN 46204
Project Director: Shannon Garrity
Phone Number: (317) 234-8501
Email: sgarrity@isdh.in.gov

Project Description

This project is to improve the baseline developmental screening in 3 year olds. Indiana is educating providers and families about the importance of developmental milestones and screening. Indiana does not have a universal screening policy for children birth to age 5. We are partnering with community and state providers to ensure our language is similar around developmental screening. Some children are getting screened multiple times and providers and families are unaware. Some children may have 3, 6 month screens but not receive another screen for a year or two.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC21659
Project Start Date: June 01, 2011
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Family Voices Indiana
Address: Brockton Ct Granger IN 46530
Project Director: Holly Wheeler
Phone Number: (317) 374-7857
Email: holly@fvindiana.org

Project Description

Three primary barriers prevent CSHCN from receiving efficient, coordinated care: a large diversity in geography, culture and resources across which families of CYSHCN, health professionals, service providers, schools and others must navigate; the critical need for expert coordination in support of families of CYSHCN, health professionals, service providers, schools and others; and a need for support to access adequate insurance.

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

Grant Number: T73MC00015
Project Start Date: July 01, 1989
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Address: Union Dr Indianapolis IN 46202
Project Director: Angela M Tomlin
Phone Number: (317) 944-8167
Email: angie.tomlin@gmail.com

Project Description

There remains great need to improve access to services in all areas of the state, including increases in a well-trained MCH workforce. Indiana has a diverse geography and culture which contributes to inequities in access to information and resources. The RCDC LEND has the capacity to address many of these gaps through interdisciplinary training of pre-service learners and practicing professionals and dissemination of research and scholarship that supports practice and policy.

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

Grant Number: H49MC32724
Project Start Date: April 01, 2019
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: Centerstone Of Indiana, Inc.
Address: 720 North Marr Rd., Columbus IN 47201
Project Director: Jennifer Fillmore
Phone Number: (812) 337-2240
Email: jennifer.fillmore@centerstone.org

Project Description

Issues: INHS’s target area 2013-15 infant mortality rate (IMR) is 9.1, well above state (7.1) and national (5.8) rates (ISDH, 2016a; CDC, 2016). IMR is affected by health care access, nutrition, housing, environment, etc.; is impacted by women’s health before, during, and after pregnancy; and is linked to the child’s wellbeing during the first year and the family’s experiences during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Racial/ethnic groups experience disparities in IMR, with children of non-Hispanic black women at twice the risk of those of non-Hispanic white women. Preterm births account for up to 75% of this gap, with risk factors (e.g., maternal smoking, poor nutrition, poverty, stress, poor social support) disproportionately affecting minorities and other disadvantaged groups (SACIM, 2013; MacDorman & Mathews, 2011).

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020