Louisiana Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Louisiana SSDI

Grant Number: H18MC00021
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: PO BOX 3214 Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3214
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: Reduce Pediatric Morbidity and Mortality Rates

Grant Number: H33MC06702
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Louisiana DHH, OPH, Bureau of EMS
Address: PO BOX 94215 Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9215
Project Director: Amy Zapata
Phone Number: (504) 568-3504
Email: Amy.Zapata@LA.GOV

Project Description

Louisiana ranks highest in the nation in youth violent deaths.

Project Title: Tulane Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Training Program

Grant Number: T79MC31883
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, The
Address: 6823 ST CHARLES AVENUE NEW ORLEANS, LA 70118-5698
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: Healthy Start New Orleans (HSNO)

Grant Number: H49MC00099
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: City of New Orleans
Address: 1300 Perdido St STE 8E18 New Orleans, LA 70112-2125
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. In New Orleans in 2013, 45 infants died before reaching their first birthday, an infant mortality rate of 9.3 per 1,000 live births.

Project Title: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

Grant Number: H49MC00107
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Address: 323 E. Airport Ave Baton Rouge, LA 70806-4841
Project Director: Rochelle Littleton
Phone Number: (225) 201-8888
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 500 program participants per year, with the proposed target population being pregnant and parenting women of childbearing age (11-45 years) living in the East Baton Rouge Parish and their partners and families.

Project Title: Crescent City WIC Services, Inc.

Grant Number: H49MC27809
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Address: 429 Wall Blvd Gretna, LA 70056-7771
Project Director: Mary E Schultheis
Phone Number: (504) 247-0592
Email: Marygcr@att.net

Project Description

Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities 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. We aim to service 970 high-risk clients, each year, including women,

Project Title: The Family Tree Information, Education & Counseling Center

Grant Number: H49MC27810
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Address: 2435 W. Congress St. Lafayette, LA 70506-5548
Project Director: Kristen Copenhaver
Phone Number: (337) 981-2180
Email: kristen@acadianafamilytree.org

Project Description

The Acadiana area has been identified as seriously lacking services to address perinatal conditions that contribute to poor birth outcomes. The Family Tree provides services for the targeted population of African American women of childbearing age in six parishes- Acadia, Evangeline, Iberville, Lafayette, St. Landry and St. Martin - who experience disparities in perinatal health resulting from multiple factors. The Family Tree Healthy Start Program is a case management and outreach program that targets women that are at highest risk for poor birth outcomes. Through home visitation, case managers and outreach workers provide support and resources to these families. The goal is to eliminate racial disparities in infant mortality in the Acadiana area where rates of preterm birth, low birth weight, and infant mortality rates among African American women are two to three times that of their Caucasian counterparts.

Project Title: Louisiana Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program

Grant Number: H61MC00014
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Address: PO BOX 3214 Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3214
Project Director: Susannah Boudreaux
Phone Number: (225) 278-1877
Email: Susannah.Boudreaux@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.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC08043
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Bayou Land Families Helping Families
Address: 204 E Bayou Rd Thibodaux, LA 70301-2941
Project Director: Charles Michel
Phone Number: (985) 447-4461
Email: blfhf@bellsouth.net

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: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program

Grant Number: T73MC30117
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Address: 433 Bolivar St Rm 824 New Orleans, LA 70112-7021
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 Public Health Training Program

Grant Number: T76MC04927
Project Start Date: June 1, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Address: 1430 Tulane Ave New Orleans, LA 70112-2632
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.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020