Missouri Discretionary Awards

Project Title: State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00028
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: PO BOX 570 Jefferson Cty, MO 65102-0570
Project Director: Venkata Garikapaty
Phone Number: (573) 526-0452
Email: venkata.garikapaty@dhss.mo.gov

Project Description

The primary purpose of the SSDI project is to develop a robust state data infrastructure, and enhance existing systems to better support Missouri’s Title V agency through enhanced data access/data linkage. DHSS has multiple population-based surveillance systems that collect data on various health related indicators, but a lack of data linkages between data sets is a major limitation for performing a comprehensive needs assessment and de-duplicating communities in need. Lack of linkages to programmatic databases impedes the ability to perform program evaluations, monitor outcomes on a longitudinal basis, or develop life-course performance metrics.

Project Title: Missouri EMS for Children State Partnership Grant

Grant Number: H33MC31623
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Address: 115 Business Loop 70W, Mizzou North, Room 501 Columbia, MO 65211
Project Director: Misty Jones
Phone Number: (573) 819-7538
Email: jonesmi@health.missouri.edu

Project Description

Emergency medical services in Missouri for children are largely concentrated in our larger urban areas. Currently, there are only four areas in the state where pediatric care is comprehensive: St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, and Springfield. With the largely rural nature of the state, there are still gaps in coordination of care for pediatric patients. Missouri is performing significantly below performance measure goals for the availability of a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC), verification of competency with pediatric equipment, and most importantly and identified regionalized plan for pediatric patients. This project will address the gaps in pediatric care in Missouri through a regionalized plan of care approach with key stakeholders in the region. All activity of the project will be data-driven and guided by the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Performance Measures and quality outcomes.

Project Title: Community Connections

Grant Number: H17MC29433
Project Start Date: March 1, 2016
Project End Date: February 28, 2021
Address: 2228 Ball Dr. Saint Louis, MO 63146-8602
Project Director: Alison Gee
Phone Number: (314) 432-4330
Email: alison.gee@parentsasteachers.org

Project Description

The purpose of the Community Connections project is to improve the health and development of children in Greene County, Missouri so they are ready to learn upon entry to school. In order to help respond to the health needs of underserved, at-risk families with children age prenatal to six years, Community Connections is: 1) building an interdisciplinary collaboration between maternal child health (MCH) providers and the Parents as Teachers (PAT) evidence-based home visiting program, 2) improving parents’ ability to navigate the health system, and 3) increasing access to preventive health care and health insurance.

Project Title: Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative

Grant Number: H49MC01449
Project Start Date: April 1, 2019
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: Maternal & Child Health Coalition
Address: 1734 E. 63rd Street STE 301 Kansas City, MO 64110-3348
Project Director: Tracy Russell
Phone Number: (816) 283-6242
Email: trussell@mchc.net

Project Description

This project’s goal is to eliminate perinatal health disparities by intervention with women and children at risk. From 2007 to 2009, 146 infants died. The IMR was 10.81 in the bi-state area, which has a high prevalence of poverty, low education, and low health care access. KCHSI serves families in 16 ZIP codes areas. Case managers, service providers, members of the community, and medical home administrators are served through education venues coordinated by the CAN. Data will be shared.

Project Title: Missouri Bootheel Healthy Start

Grant Number: H49MC05054
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium, Inc.
Project Director: Cynthia G. Dean
Phone Number: (573) 471-9400
Email: cdean@mbrcinc.org

Project Description

Racial disparities in health outcomes in a rural area with limited resources.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00071
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Address: PO BOX 570 Jefferson Cty, MO 65102-0570
Project Director: Catherine Harbison
Phone Number: (573) 751-6266
Email: catherine.harbison@health.mo.gov

Project Description

Not applicable to the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program. See comments below.

Project Title: Missouri Family-to-Family Health Information Center (Missouri F2F)

Grant Number: H84MC09484
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Address: Office of Research Services 5100 Rockhill Road Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
Project Director: Michelle Reynolds
Phone Number: (816) 235-1759
Email: ragonk@umkc.edu

Project Description

The following needs will be addressed through the Missouri F2F:
1. There is a need to continue to expand the roles of families in the Missouri F2F.
2. There is a need to improve collaboration between families and professionals to assure that CYSHCN receive needed services.
3. There is a need to improve access to information, resources, and mentoring for families, especially those from minority populations and rural areas.
4. There is a need to improve the leadership skills and level of participation of families of CYSHCN in the state programs, policies, and procedures that impact them.
5. There is a need to sustain the services of the Missouri F2F and to continue to identify and disseminate effective practices related to family support.

Project Title: Health Equity and Perinatal Periods of Risk: Considering a Changing Landscape

Grant Number: R40MC31761
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2019
Organization: Saint Louis University
Address: Office of the Vice President for Research 3700 WEST PINE MALL #255 SAINT LOUIS, MO 63108-3306
Project Director: Pamela Xaverius
Phone Number: (314) 977-8488
Email: pam.xaverius@slu.edu

Project Description

The overarching goal of this project is to improve the Perinatal Periods of Risk such that all valid and reliable data is used, biased estimates are avoided, and communities are empowered to address infant mortality rates and disparities.

Project Title: Missouri LEND

Grant Number: T73MC00022
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Address: Office of Sponsored Program Administration 310 Jesse Hall Columbia, MO 65211-1230
Project Director: Constance M. Brooks
Phone Number: (573) 884-6052
Email: brookscm@health.missouri.edu

Project Description

The critically important goal of the LEND program is to increase the number and diversity of professionals trained in interdisciplinary approaches to evaluate and treat children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), other developmental disabilities (DD), and special health care needs (SHCN). Our training curriculum includes appropriate didactic content, clinical experience, and community interaction to equip trainees to work in leadership roles with a range of diverse populations and communities. Missouri is a rural state with high poverty ratings and a provider shortage which makes meeting the needs of our approximate 275,000 children.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020