Louisiana Discretionary Awards

Project Title: EMSC Targeted Issue Grants

Grant Number: H34MC33242
Project Start Date: September 01, 2019
Project End Date: August 31, 2023
Organization: Health, Louisiana Department Of
Address: 1450 Poydras St Ste 2032 New Orleans LA 70112
Project Director: Amanda Perry
Phone Number: (504) 568-3504
Email: Amanda.Perry@la.gov

Project Description

In 2014-2016, Louisiana had the highest child fatality rate of children ages 1-14 years in the United States. Improving system readiness in Louisiana’s emergency healthcare system is a priority because gaps exist in current pediatric emergency care. Over 44,000 pediatric patients use Louisiana’s EMS system each year. The current landscape of evidence in Louisiana indicates that 78% of EMS agencies do not have a pediatric emergency care coordinator (PECC) to advocate for the pediatric patients who utilize the EMS system. According to research conducted by the National Emergency Medical Services for Children Data Analysis and Research Center (NEDARC), the survey of Louisiana’s EMS agencies indicates that 57% “have no PECC,” 19% are “interested in a PECC,” and 2% have “plans to add a PECC.” The same NEDARC survey EMS agencies if they have a defined process for training the EMS providers on correct of use pediatric specific equipment. 72.4% of EMS agencies do not have a process

Project Title: CISS -Local/State

Grant Number: H25MC00271
Project Start Date: July 01, 2003
Project End Date: July 31, 2021
Organization: LOUISIANA STATE DOH & HOSPITALS
Address: L And A Rd Metairie LA 70001
Project Director: Amy Zapata
Phone Number: (504) 568-3504
Email: Amy.Zapata@LA.GOV

Project Description

ECCS Impact will continue to focus on the following priorities: 1) to bolster local-level capacity; 2) to ensure high performing essential MCH screening and surveillance systems; 3) to improve social and behavioral health supports and 4) to improve community and family engagement.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00021
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: LOUISIANA OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Address: Baton Rouge LA 70821
Project Director: Amy Zapata
Phone Number: (504) 568-3504
Email: Amy.Zapata@LA.GOV

Project Description

The Louisiana State Systems Development Initiative is focused on developing, enhancing and expanding Louisiana’s Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) data capacity to allow for informed decision making and resource allocation that supports effective, efficient and quality programming for women, infants, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs.

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

Grant Number: H49MC00099
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: City of New Orleans
Address: Perdido St New Orleans LA 70112
Project Director: Mary Alexander
Phone Number: (504) 658-2673
Email: mlalexander@nola.gov

Project Description

HSNO is an infant mortality reduction project serving Orleans Parish. HSNO proposes to target African American women who live within six zip codes with the worst birth outcomes in New Orleans, LA. The targeted zip codes include 70114, 70117, 70118, 70125, 70128, and 70131. In five of the projected areas (70114, 70117, 70118, 70128, and 70131), between the years of 2013 and 2015, 44 Black infants died at a rate of 10.3 deaths per 1,000 live births. In the sixth project area (70125) the number of Black infant deaths was suppressed due to confidentiality requirements, but there were six total infant deaths in this zip code during 2013-2015 for a rate of 9.1 per 1,000 live births.

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

Grant Number: H49MC27810
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: FAMILY TREE INFORMATION EDUCATION & COUNSELING CENTER
Address: W Congress St Lafayette LA 70506
Project Director: Kristen Copenhaver
Phone Number: (337) 981-2180 Extn-2866
Email: kristen@acadianafamilytree.org

Project Description

The seven parish (Evangeline, Acadia, St. Landry, Lafayette, St. Martin, Iberia and Vermilion) area of Acadiana has been identified as seriously lacking services to address infant mortality and racial disparities in birth outcomes. The Family Tree Healthy Start Program (TFTHSP) provides services for the targeted population of African American women of childbearing age who experience racial disparities in perinatal health resulting from multiple factors. TFTHSP is a case management and outreach program that provides targeted support services to women that are at highest risk for poor birth outcomes. The goal is to eliminate racial disparities in the Acadiana area where the rates of preterm birth, low birth weight, and infant mortality among African American women are two to three times that of their Caucasian counterparts.

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

Grant Number: H49MC27809
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: CRESCENT CITY FAMILY SERVICES, INC.
Address: Wall Blvd Gretna LA 70056
Project Director: Mary E Schultheis
Phone Number: (504) 247-0592
Email: marys@ccwic.org

Project Description

Crescent City Family Services is funded as a Healthy Start grantee to reduce perinatal disparities in health among the most vulnerable populations residing in Jefferson Parish, a 98.86% urban area located in the Southeastern region of Louisiana. Over the course of five years, at an economical cost of $1,130 on average per participant, this grant has significantly contribute to reducing the alarmingly high Infant Mortality Rate of 12.8 deaths per 1,000 births (2013-2015) among our target African-American population, which is 2.5 times the national average and three times the rate among Whites. Continuing to serve the diverse populations residing in Jefferson Parish, we will focus special attention on supporting the African-American community, given the large health disparities faced by pregnant and interconception women, and by their infants and children.

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

Grant Number: H49MC00107
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: FAMILY ROAD OF GREATER BATON ROUGE, INC.
Address: E Airport Ave Baton Rouge LA 70806
Project Director: Rochelle Littleton
Phone Number: (225) 201-8888 Extn-3017
Email: rlittleton@familyroadgbr.org

Project Description

The Family Road Healthy Start program, as an urban project site, will reduce the rate of infant mortality and improve perinatal health outcomes by providing a coordinated network of comprehensive care to 700+ program participants per year, with the proposed target population being pregnant and parenting women of childbearing age (11-45 years) and the fathers/partners and their families living in the East Baton Rouge Parish. We provide classes, services, and incentives for the moms and dads to improve their health and the health of their children before, during, and after pregnancy. We strive to strengthen the family as a whole.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC08043
Project Start Date: June 01, 2007
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Bayou Land Families Helping Families
Address: E Bayou Rd Thibodaux LA 70301
Project Director: Charles Michel
Phone Number: (985) 447-4461
Email: bayoulandfhf@gmail.com

Project Description

Making sure that CYSCHN in our state is aware of the services available to them and bridging the GAP in transition services for those who are exiting out of high school.

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

Grant Number: UK3MC32243
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: September 29, 2023
Organization: Health, Louisiana Department Of
Address: 1450 Poydras St Ste 2032 New Orleans LA 70112
Project Director: Gina Easterly
Phone Number: (225) 342-1730
Email: gina.easterly@la.gov

Project Description

The Louisiana Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Health Disorders Program promotes menthealth in pregnant and postpartum women and their infants by establishing mental health consultation, training, and care coordination support for health care providers serving pregnant and postpartum women in Louisiana. Psychiatric consultaiton is provided statewide by phone and in 2 regions, will be provided in person by master's level mental health clinicians.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC06702
Project Start Date: March 01, 2006
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Louisiana DHH, OPH, Bureau of EMS
Address: Baton Rouge LA 70804
Project Director: Amy Zapata
Phone Number: (504) 568-3504
Email: Amy.Zapata@LA.GOV

Project Description

Patient care providers need improved access to resources, education, and training to improve pediatric emergency care and build confidence when caring for the pediatric population in high-stress situations.

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

Grant Number: T73MC30117
Project Start Date: July 01, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
Address: Bolivar St Rm 824 New Orleans LA 70112
Project Director: Philip G Wilson
Phone Number: (504) 556-7573
Email: pwilso2@lsuhsc.edu

Project Description

This project addresses the need for diverse, culturally competent, well trained professionals who can diagnose and treat individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurodevelopmental disabilities (ASD/NDD) in an interdisciplinary manner and assume leadership roles in the field after their training. The program also will increase the number of professionals trained to diagnose or rule out ASD/NDD, and develop and provide evidence-based interventions. Autism presents a significant challenge for our state. Louisiana reports a prevalence of only 0.72% suggesting significant under-identification.Generally, Louisiana is a state with overwhelming needs for individuals with ASD/NDD and a desperate lack of resources. Through our program, trainees, parents and self-advocates will acquire knowledge and develop leadership skills that will position them to improve systems of care.

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Training Program

Grant Number: T79MC31883
Project Start Date: July 01, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, The
Address: 6823 ST CHARLES AVENUE NEW ORLEANS LA 70118
Project Director: Donald (Diego) Rose
Phone Number: (504) 988-5742
Email: diego@tulane.edu

Project Description

Adverse birth outcomes, such as preterm births and low birth weight babies, and other health problems of women, infants, and children are due, in part, to nutrition-related factors, such as obesity, poor diets, low breastfeeding rates, as well as inadequate physical activity. These problems are seen throughout the US, with higher rates among Black and Hispanic populations, and are particularly bad in the South and in Louisiana, which ranked as the third least healthy state for women, infants, and children. There is a need for additional Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nutrition professionals to address these problems, because the current workforce is shrinking.

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

Grant Number: X10MC33583
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: Health, Louisiana Department Of
Address: 1450 Poydras St Ste 2013 New Orleans LA 70112
Project Director: Gina Easterly
Phone Number: (225) 342-1730
Email: gina.easterly@la.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: Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program

Grant Number: T76MC04927
Project Start Date: June 01, 2005
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: TULANE UNIVERSITY
Address: Tulane Ave New Orleans LA 70112
Project Director: Carolyn C Johnson
Phone Number: (504) 988-4068
Email: cjohnso5@tulane.edu

Project Description

The purpose of this program is to train future and current MCH public health professionals, to improve health outcomes and advance science, research, practice and policy. MCH emphasizes the health of current and future generations; our numerous health challenges require a well-trained MCH focused workforce.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00014
Project Start Date: April 01, 2000
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: LOUISIANA STATE DOH & HOSPITALS
Address: Baton Rouge LA 70821
Project Director: Ariel Bumbala
Phone Number: (225) 219-2404
Email: ariel.bumbala@la.gov

Project Description

The purpose of this project is to develop a comprehensive and coordinated statewide Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) system of care targeted toward ensuring that newborns and infants are receiving appropriate and timely services, including screening, diagnosis, and early intervention. The ultimate goal is to optimize the language, literacy, and social-emotional development of every deaf and hard of hearing child.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020