Maryland Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Bester Health Center

Grant Number: H17MC31604
Project Start Date: March 1, 2018
Project End Date: February 28, 2023
Address: 8504 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, MD 21713
Project Director: Keith Fanjoy
Phone Number: (301) 964-5557

Project Description

Bester Elementary School attendance scores and health inequities equate to subsequent lower positive outcomes. The contributing factors to poor attendance, low academic achievement, and health conditions of the student population, and their families, are poverty and access to care. The students live in a community which exhibits unmet health needs and disparities. Hunger, physical and emotional abuse, minor and chronic illnesses and diseases are a portion of health related issues that can lead to poor school performance. Addressing these issues in a school based setting can have a positive effect on education and health outcomes.

Project Title: Maryland State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00023
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: 500 N. Calvert St FL 5TH Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
Project Director: Maura Dwyer
Phone Number: (410) 767-4585

Project Description

The Maryland State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) Program seeks to enhance and maintain a strong MCH data infrastructure to support Title V needs assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and data driven Decision-making. The intent is to align with the SSDI Performance Measure structure and goals, supporting essential State MCH data efforts to improve performance measurement, accountability and quality. This program will address the needs for increased state MCH epidemiology capacity for both state and Title V needs, improved systematic MCH data coordination, linking, sharing, and use of data for translation to policy and program development. The program will also continue technical assistance for MCH and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) program staff in local health agencies to improve MCH infrastructure and monitoring and evaluation of MCH programs and activities at the state and jurisdiction level.

Project Title: Maryland EMSC State Partnership Grant 2018-2022

Grant Number: H33MC06728
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Address: EMSC Program 653 W. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21201-1536
Project Director: Cynthia Wright-Johnson
Phone Number: (410) 706-1758

Project Description

Maryland Emergency Medical Services for Children’s (EMSC) department will continued to establish new partnerships and increase collaboration with existing partners to implement system enhancements with EMSC initiatives that will move towards achieving targets for the federal EMSC PM 01 - 09. MIEMSS has the regulatory authority to implement, monitor and regulate a number of these EMSC PMS and has met or exceeded the target goals. Maryland also continues to work with partners in ENA, AAP, and ACEP to develop a categorization process and designation levels specific to regulations on Pediatric Emergency Departments (EMSC PM 04) beyond the highest level of Pediatric Specialty Center with Pediatric Consultation Base Station that already exists.

Project Title: Newborn Screening Technical assistance and Evaluation Program (NewSTEPs)

Grant Number: U22MC24078
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: Association of Public Health Laboratories
Address: 8515 Georgia Ave STE 700 Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
Project Director: Jelili Ojodu
Phone Number: (240) 485-2772

Project Description

Newborn screening occurs across the United States in disparate ways with varying levels of quality practices.

Project Title: Caring for the Whole Child

Grant Number: H17MC30730
Project Start Date: March 1, 2017
Project End Date: February 28, 2022
Address: 8757 Georgia Ave Fl 10  Silver Spring, MD 20910-3737
Project Director: Marisol Ortiz
Phone Number: (301) 628-3442

Project Description

Care for Kids (CFK) provides affordable primary health care for children who lack health insurance. Children most likely to rely on CFK for access to health care come from immigrant families and from racial or ethnic minority groups. Enrollment in CFK nearly doubled between 2013 and 2016, and the influx of unaccompanied children fleeing violence in their home countries of Central America is one of the factors driving this increase. Many of these recent arrivals have been detained at the border by Customs and Border Protection and placed by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Many present with myriad physical and behavioral health issues, and they need more than medical care. County funding had not supported behavioral health care for CFK children prior to this project; however, many of the same clinics serving CFK children already had integrated behavioral health services available to Medicaid patients.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program

Grant Number: H61MC00081
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Address: 201 W. Preston St RM 306 Baltimore, MD 21201-2301
Project Director: COURTNEY LEWIS
Phone Number: (410) 767-5596

Project Description

There is a knowledge gap among physicians and early intervention providers that contributes to delays in determining hearing status by 3 months of age and early intervention (EI) enrollment by 6 months of age. A system of care has been developed to raise awareness of EHDI processes in Maryland which will, in turn, help ensure babies receive appropriate and timely services, including: screening, diagnostic evaluation, and referral to and enrollment in EI services for babies identified as deaf or hard of hearing.

Project Title: Family to Family Health Information Center

Grant Number: H84MC07946
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Address: 801 Cromwell Park Drive STE 103 Glen Burnie, MD 21061-2539
Project Director: Rene Averitt-Sanzone
Phone Number: (410) 768-9100

Project Description

To promote optimal health for Maryland CYSHCN and their families and facilitate access to a cost effective, quality health delivery system by (1) providing information, education, technical assistance, and peer support to families of CYSHCN and professionals who serve CYSHCN and their families and (2) assuring that families of Maryland CYSHCN partner in decision-making at all levels.

Project Title: Impact of Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Maryland on Selected WIC Agency Breastfeeding Rates a

Grant Number: R40MC30762
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Address: 615 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, MD 21205-2103
Project Director: Laura E. Caulfield
Phone Number: (410) 955-2786

Project Description

The project is a study which seeks to evaluate the impact of Baby-Friendly Hospital (BFH) designation in the State of Maryland on hospital and infant feeding experiences of WIC participants. To do this we are using extant data collected by WIC on the infant feeding experiences of women in specific WIC local agencies in Maryland which are closely affiliated with hospitals that either did or did not become BFH designated in 2016; we are conducting telephone surveys of WIC participants at about 1 month postpartum  to ask about their individual hospital experiences,and we are conducting a series of in-depth interviews with a small group of women  to understand over time their infant feeding experiences. The results will be useful for understanding how Maryland's support for BFH designation impacts hospital experiences, particularly for those served by the WIC program.

Project Title: MCH Pipeline Training Program: MCH-LEARN

Grant Number: T16MC29832
Project Start Date: June 1, 2016
Project End Date: May 31, 2021
Address: 707 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205-1832
Project Director: Harolyn Belcher
Phone Number: (443) 923-5933

Project Description

Historically disadvantaged populations (HDP) include underserved (and underrepresented in the maternal and child healthcare-MCH-field) racial and ethnic populations, especially African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and certain Asian (e.g., Vietnamese, Hmong) populations and individuals who are economically disadvantaged or discriminated against due to sexuality, ability-status, and/or other characteristics. Notably, Black and Hispanic health care providers are more likely to serve in areas of need among underserved populations within underserved communities compared to their White peers.Yet Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Natives and Pacific Islanders are underrepresented in the maternal and child healthcare workforce. Increased efforts to recruit, support, and retain students from HDP into the maternal and child health (MCH) workforce are of significant public health importance to reduce health disparities and promote health equity.

Project Title: Training CED/COR Pediatric and Child Psychiatry

Grant Number: T20MC07464
Project Start Date: July 1, 2017
Project End Date: June 30, 2022
Address: 615 NORTH WOLFE STREET BALTIMORE, MD 21205-2103
Project Director: Barbara Howard
Phone Number: (443) 618-9104

Project Description

Estimates show that 20-25% of children <17 have a diagnosable mental health condition yet <50% of children in need of mental health support receive it. Between 66-95% of families referred to on-site mental health services in pediatricians’ offices follow through with those services whereas only 5-17% of families referred to off-site pediatric mental health services do. Yet in 2013, 65% of pediatricians surveyed indicated that they lacked training in recognizing and treating mental health problems. This program is an ongoing monthly group learning program with goals including improving PCPs’ skills in detection, sorting severity, primary care management and referral to community resources with co-monitoring of child behavioral and psychosocial problems. In addition, the practical aspects of integrated behavioral healthcare will be problem-solved by having PCPs and mental health specialists caring for the same child both participate in some of the sessions.


Grant Number: T73MC17245
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: Kennedy Krieger Institute, Inc.
Address: 707 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205-1832
Project Director: Bruce K. Shapiro
Phone Number: (443) 923-9136

Project Description

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD) have limited access to quality care. They report higher rates of unmet needs than the general population, more family stress, and less effective primary care.


Grant Number: T76MC00003
Project Start Date: June 1, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Address: 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-2608
Project Director: Donna M. Strobino
Phone Number: (410) 502-5451

Project Description

The Center of Excellence (COE) in MCH at JHBSPH identified the need to enhance skills of the MCH workforce for assessment, planning and evaluation of health services for MCH populations; to translate knowledge into action at state and local levels; and for doctoral-prepared leaders in education and research. Its goal is to improve the health of women, children and families. The COE educates professionals through a broad and challenging curriculum for masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students that includes a life course perspective, the science and research base of MCH; a systems approach to MCH concerns; the social and environmental context of MCH; critical thinking, analytic and leadership skills, the science and application of demography; diversity and its impact on health; and the importance of family for MCH populations. It involves active research of faculty and students and continuing education, TA, consultation and translation activities for MCH programs by COE faculty.

Project Title: The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Newborn Screening Follow-up Program (SCDAA-SCDNBSFP)

Grant Number: U38MC28326
Project Start Date: June 1, 2017
Project End Date: May 31, 2021
Address: 3700 Koppers St Ste 570  Halethorpe, MD 21227-1019
Project Director: Ashley R. Clarke
Phone Number: (410) 528-1555

Project Description

Sickle cell disease (SCD), an inherited hemoglobin disorder, is characterized by acute and chronic complication that progress with increasing age and negatively impact quality of life. This leads to long-term morbidity and often is associated with high utilization of health care resources and reduced survival. It is estimated that approximately 100,000 persons in the US are living with SCD. The disease predominately affects African Americans. SCD occurs among 1 out of 400 African American births and among 1 out of 36,000 Hispanic American births. Approximately 1,000 babies are identified with SCD in the US through state newborn screening programs.

Project Title: National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center

Grant Number: U59MC27866
Project Start Date: May 1, 2018
Project End Date: April 30, 2023
Address: 3400 N CHARLES ST W400, BALTIMORE, MD 21218-2680
Project Director: Christina Bethell
Phone Number: (443) 287-5092

Project Description

National and state level children’s health data are needed by policymakers, stakeholders, and Title V funded agencies in order to assess and monitor progress on important quality of health measures. However, such data is cumbersome and costly for individuals to access. The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health —  an easy-to-use, free, and comprehensive resource—offers readily available national, state, and regional level data in a point and click format on its website as well as downloadable codebooks and data sets for additional analysis.

Project Title: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Research and Development Platform

Grant Number: UD5MC30792
Project Start Date: July 1, 2017
Project End Date: June 30, 2022
Address: 3910 KESWICK ROAD N4327-B  Baltimore, MD 21211-2226
Project Director: Anne Duggan
Phone Number: (410) 614-5280

Project Description

Early home visiting is a strategy to support positive parenting. Services are targeted to pregnant women and families with young children. Home visiting builds on family strengths to overcome parenting challenges. Many models of home visiting have been designated as evidence-based. The US began comprehensive investment in the scale up of evidence-based home visiting in 2010  and recently committed to continued investment through 2022.  Today, every state and territory in the US has home visiting through a mix of multiple federal, state and philanthropic funding streams.
Home visiting, like primary care and center-based services, has modest overall impacts on family functioning, parenting, and child well-being.We need a research and development (R&D) platform to strengthen and broaden impacts for home visiting. HARC was created to fill that role.

Project Title: NewSTEPs Quality Improvement Project

Grant Number: UG8MC31893
Project Start Date: September 1, 2018
Project End Date: August 31 2023
Organization: Association of Public Health Laboratories, Inc. (THE)
Address: 8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 700,  Silver Spring, MD 20910
Project Director: Jelili Ojodu
Phone Number: (240) 485-2772

Project Description

The newborn screening system require continuous quality improvement resources to facilitate attainment of timeliness goals by state newborn screening programs as well as for setting and meeting goals for identification and follow-up on out-of-range results, communicating screening results, and confirming diagnosis.

Project Title: National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetics Networks

Grant Number: UH9MC30770
Project Start Date: June 1, 2017
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Address: 7101 Wisconsin Ave STE 1101 Bethesda, MD 20814-4837
Project Director: Michael S. Watson
Phone Number: (301) 718-9603

Project Description

Access to genetics services and reaching medically underserved communities are challenges exacerbated by genetics workforce deficiencies and rising genetic services demand by the general and CSHCN populations. Ongoing gaps in genetics knowledge and lack of awareness of existing educational resources by primary care providers, accompanied by a lag in utilization by genetics professionals of new technologies (telemedicine) as a mechanism for facilitating access and reducing genetics appointment wait times, serve as ongoing barriers to genetics services.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020