Kansas Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

Grant Number: U4CMC32911
Project Start Date: July 01, 2019
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Address: 1000 SW Jackson St Ste 570 Topeka KS 66612
Project Director: Kelsee D Torrez
Phone Number: (785) 296-1327
Email: kelsee.d.torrez@ks.gov

Project Description

Over 65% of Kansas youth with major depression do not receive mental health treatment, and only 26.5% of Kansas youth with severe depression receive consistent treatment. Ninety-nine of the 105 counties in Kansas are designated as mental health professional shortage areas. Largely, rural Kansas faces severe shortages of medical providers across the state, particularly mental health professionals. Due to the shortage of providers, ensuring adequate access to mental health services for Kansas youth will require innovative approach that increases capacity across a range of medical settings and offers new avenues for care.

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

Grant Number: T73MC06623
Project Start Date: July 01, 2005
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute
Address: MS 1039, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard Kansas City KS 66103
Project Director: Kathryn A Ellerbeck
Phone Number: (913) 588-5781
Email: kellerbeck@kumc.edu

Project Description

There is present and growing concern about the capacity of the MCH workforce to care for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities (NDD). The primary objective of this project is to provide high-quality interdisciplinary education emphasizing integration of services and leadership.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC06726
Project Start Date: March 01, 2006
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Address: SW Jackson St Topeka KS 66612
Project Director: Wendy O'Hare
Phone Number: (785) 296-1210
Email: wendy.ohare@ks.gov

Project Description

The Kansas state Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program continues to progress towards reducing child morbidity and mortality resulting from severe injury or illness. The program directs its actions based on the performance measures set forth by HRSA, and uses data obtained through the NEDARC driven EMS agency survey and the National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP) Emergency Department Survey. This data guides the Kansas EMSC through initiatives such as increasing the number of agencies/facilities with an active Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC), expanding the Family Advisory Network (FAN), and targeting education for healthcare workers on topics such as pediatric disaster preparedness and pediatric trauma care.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00019
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: SW Jackson St Topeka KS 66612
Project Director: Jamie S Kim
Phone Number: (785) 296-6467
Email: jkim@kdheks.gov

Project Description

Kansas MCH lacks data infrastructure, epidemiological capacity, and products of analysis in order to carry out core public health assessment functions.

Project Title: Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders Program

Grant Number: UK3MC32241
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: September 29, 2023
Address: 1000 SW Jackson St Ste 220 Topeka KS 66612
Project Director: Kelsee Torrez
Phone Number: (785) 296-1327
Email: kelsee.d.torrez@ks.gov

Project Description

Kansas Connecting Communities (KCC) aims to improve the mental health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women through increased screening, referral, treatment, and recovery support services. KCC will increase statewide access, using a regional phased approach, to screening, assessment, and treatment for maternal depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. KCC will initially focus on ten counties in Southeast Kansas. The need in this region is the highest in Kansas, with three of the five maternal depression risk factors between 7 and 9 percent higher than state average. The risk factors for this region include prenatal smoking, absences of breastfeeding initiation, and children under 5 years of age living in poverty.

Project Title: CISS -Local/State

Grant Number: H25MC00234
Project Start Date: July 01, 2003
Project End Date: July 31, 2021
Address: SW Jackson St Topeka KS 66612
Project Director: Elisa Nehrbass
Phone Number: (785) 296-1305
Email: elisa.b.nehrbass@ks.gov

Project Description

Improvement of early childhood systems coordination and integration is needed in KS. Target communities face challenges of rural service delivery, access to healthcare, equity, and impacts on poverty with a need to improve children's developmental health and family well-being.

Project Title: MCH Research Network Programs

Grant Number: UA6MC27762
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: August 31, 2021
Address: Irving Hill Rd Lawrence KS 66045
Project Director: Judith J Carta Ph.D.
Phone Number: (913) 321-3143
Email: carta@ku.edu

Project Description

The goal of this project is to convene a consortium of Word Gap researchers and practitioners to advance a national research agenda to increase the capacity of parents, caregivers, educators, health care providers, and communities provide evidence-based solutions for reducing the Word Gap.

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

Grant Number: H49MC11254
Project Start Date: November 01, 2008
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: County of Sedgwick
Address: N Oliver Ave Wichita KS 67208
Project Director: Nashell Williams
Phone Number: (316) 660-7312
Email: nashell.williams@sedgwick.gov

Project Description

Individually, IMR for each of the 10 proposed zip codes, referred to as the Healthy Start 10, what higher than the eligibility rate of 8.8 per 1,000 collectively, the rate was 10.3 infant deaths per 1,000 for the three years ending in 2015.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00049
Project Start Date: March 31, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Address: SW Jackson St Topeka KS 66612
Project Director: Elizabeth A Schardine
Phone Number: (785) 368-7167
Email: elizabeth.schardine@ks.gov

Project Description

Ensure that deaf or hard of hearing children are identified through newborn and infant hearing screening and receive evaluation, diagnosis, and appropriate intervention that optimize their language, literacy, and social-emotional development in a timely manner.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC09487
Project Start Date: June 01, 2008
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Families Together, Inc.
Address: SW 37th Street Topeka KS 66614
Project Director: Tami Allen
Phone Number: (620) 276-6364
Email: tami@familiestogetherinc.org

Project Description

The Kansas Family to Family Health Information Center (F2FHIC) has helped families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) throughout Kansas. We will continue to increase care within the Medical Home and increase and improve comprehensive support systems that assist CYSHCN.

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

Grant Number: X10MC33581
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Address: 1000 SW Jackson St Ste 220 Topeka KS 66612
Project Director: Jenny Taylor
Phone Number: (785) 296-7433
Email: jenny.taylor@ks.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.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020