Minnesota Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Minnesota SSDI

Grant Number: H18MC00026
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: PO BOX 64975 Saint Paul, MN 55164-0975
Project Director: Molly Meyer
Phone Number: (651) 201-4236
Email: molly.meyer@state.mn.us

Project Description

Minnesota is continually working to improve access and timeliness of analyzed data to Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs and their stakeholders. Creating, improving, and expanding data capacity in Minnesota’s MCH programs enhances our ability to: • identify public health emergencies • guide public health policy and strategies • document impact of an intervention or progress towards specified public health targets/goals • understand/monitor the epidemiology of a condition to set priorities and guide public health policy and strategies. This project aims at building on historical work done and continuing to improve these efforts.

Project Title: Emergency Medical Services for Children Partnership Grant Program in Minnesota

Grant Number: H33MC06686
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board
Address: 2829 University Ave SE STE 310 Minneapolis, MN 55414-3230
Project Director: Tony Spector
Phone Number: (651) 201-2806
Email: tony.spector@state.mn.us

Project Description

Caring for critically ill or injured children is a challenge due to their specific needs. Each state within the United States and territories is faced with limited resources to meet the challenges and requirements needed to provide quality pediatric emergency care. The purpose of this program is to improve the operational capacity of Minnesota to provide pediatric emergency care.

Project Title: Leadership Education and Training Program in MCH Nutrition

Grant Number: T79MC00007
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: University of Minnesota
Address: 450 McNamara Alumni Center 200 Oak Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55455
Project Director: Jamie S. Stang
Phone Number: (612) 626-0351
Email: stang002@umn.edu

Project Description

There are nutrition-related health inequities and unmet needs in an increasingly diverse MCH population. Maternal and child obesity, food insecurity, iron deficiency anemia, unmet nutrition needs of children and youth with special health care needs, and disparities in breastfeeding rates are just a few of the unmet nutrition needs in under-served communities. The current MCH and public health nutrition workforce often lack specific training in MCH nutrition. In addition, the current workforce does not reflect the linguistic, racial or ethnic diversity of the groups they serve, particularly in rural areas. Finally, public health nutrition needs to be further integrated into Title V programs at local, state and national levels, thus the provision of technical assistance and continuing education is critical to the field.

Project Title: Healthy Tomorrows Parternership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC26776
Project Start Date: March 1, 2014
Project End Date: February 28, 2019
Address: 301 Becker Ave SW, Willmar, MN 56201-3302
Project Director: Sara Church Forstrom
Phone Number: (320) 214-2631
Email: sara.church@carrishealth.com

Project Description

Oral health for children is a concern, especially children in rural areas due to several reasons. Disparity occurs based on 4 major factors: 1) low income and lack of dental insurance; 2) special needs status; 3) race and ethnicity; and 4) shortage of dental providers. Carris Health- Rice Regional Dental Clinic strives to promote oral health, wellness, and access in 17 counties in central and west central Minnesota through clinic, outreach, and education . State and local agencies working together can impact and increase health outcomes.

Project Title: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children

Grant Number: H17MC30366
Project Start Date: August 1, 2016
Project End Date: February 28, 2021
Address: 360 Colborne St., Saint Paul, MN 55102-3228
Project Director: Mary Yackley
Phone Number: (651) 767-8380
Email: Mary.yackley@spps.org

Project Description

Students with chronic health conidtions miss excessive school and are not identified until the problem is exacerbated and attendance is impacted.

Project Title: Expanding Networks for Pregnant and Perinatal Women and Infants Across Minnesota

Grant Number: H47MC29816
Project Start Date: June 1, 2016
Project End Date: May 31, 2019
Address: 636 BROADWAY ST NE MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55413-2164
Project Director: Sarah Wovcha
Phone Number: (612) 636-1577
Email: swovcha@childrensdentalservices.org

Project Description

Minnesota has a critical need for improved access to oral health services for the underserved. Low-income Minnesota pregnant and perinatal women and infants are unable to receive dental care commensurate with the medical services they receive. At present there is minimal access to dental services for low-income pregnant women and infants in Minnesota because of a lack of dentists who see patients covered by public programs (Medicaid and MNCare), a lack of sliding fee care, the high cost of treating tooth decay for those who must pay out-of-pocket because they lack commercial insurance, poor public transit infrastructure particularly in rural communities, and a lack of dental providers offering culturally targeted care.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00035
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Address: PO BOX 64975 Saint Paul, MN 55164-0975
Project Director: Barb Dalbec
Phone Number: (651) 201-3758
Email: barb.dalbec@state.mn.us

Project Description

In the ten years since newborn hearing screening was mandated, MDH has made significant progress in developing an EHDI system to ensure that children who are deaf or hard of hearing are identified through newborn hearing screening and receive evaluation, diagnosis, and appropriate intervention that optimize their language, literacy, and social-emotional development. However, significant gaps in the system remain for infants who do not pass their final hearing screen or are identified with hearing loss, particularly for infants born to mothers who are not White or who encounter barriers related to social determinants of health.

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Collaborative Office Rounds (MCH COR)

Grant Number: T20MC07469
Project Start Date: July 1, 2017
Project End Date: June 30, 2022
Organization: Regents of the University of Minnesota
Address: Sponsored Projects Admin 450 McNamara Alumni Center/200 Oak Street S.E. Minneapolis, MN 55455-2070
Project Director: Andrew J. Barnes
Phone Number: (612) 624-1167
Email: drbarnes@umn.edu

Project Description

Despite increased requirements for developmental/behavioral pediatrics training, most graduates do not feel confident managing psychosocial problems. Childhood anxiety, depression, concerns of GLBTQIA youth, parenting problems, divorce and separation, ADHD, learning problems, family violence and neglect, and substance use continue to be prominent in primary care. The focus of MCH COR is training primary care pediatricians to manage these 'new morbidity' problems.

Project Title: University of Minnesota Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (UMN-LEAH)

Grant Number: T71MC00006
Project Start Date: July 1, 2017
Project End Date: June 30, 2022
Address: 717 Delaware St SE RM 370 Minneapolis, MN 55414-2959
Project Director: Renee Sieving
Phone Number: (612) 626-4527
Email: sievi001@umn.edu

Project Description

Disparities in adolescent and young adult (AYA) health along with gaps in evidence supporting best practices and investments for improving AYA health compel the need for interdisciplinary training to develop a prepared and skilled workforce of AYA health specialists, educators and scholars.

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

Grant Number: T73MC12835
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: Regents of the University of Minnesota
Address: Sponsored Projects Administration 200 Oak Street SE, Suite 450 Minneapolis, MN 55455
Project Director: Amy Hewitt
Phone Number: (612) 625-1098
Email: hewit005@umn.edu

Project Description

MN has a rich history of providing progressive services to individuals with NDDs/ASD and other developmental disabilities. However, many MN counties face new challenges that require a differently-trained cadre of leaders in NDDs/ASD health. A substantial influx of immigrants and an increase in other culturally and linguistically diverse populations throughout MN have created a number of health, educational and human service challenges.The state has not yet developed a full understanding of how these communities perceive health, make health decisions related to screening and assessment, and then choose treatment or educational services for their children and families (MDH, 2014). Evidence shows that the provider community lacks certain tools needed to ensure cultural responsiveness to the needs of increasingly diverse communities (Gokiert, Chow, Parsa, Rajani, Bisanz, Vandenberghe, & Chui, 2010; Soto et al., 2014). In addition, there is a significant need for ASD services and supports.


Grant Number: T76MC00005
Project Start Date: June 1, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Address: 717 Delaware St SE RM 370 Minneapolis, MN 55414-2959
Project Director: Jamie Stang
Phone Number: (612) 626-0351
Email: stang002@umn.edu

Project Description

Despite medical advances and economic prosperity in the US, the health needs of many women, children, youth, and families remain unmet. The purpose of the University of Minnesota training grant is to train new public health leaders and maintain the professional standards of the current workforce.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020