Mississippi Discretionary Awards

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

Grant Number: H49MC00158
Project Start Date: June 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: TOUGALOO COLLEGE
Address: W County Line Rd Tougaloo MS 39174
Project Director: Arletha Howard
Phone Number: (662) 326-3673
Email: ahoward@tougaloo.edu

Project Description

The Tougaloo College/Delta Health Partners Healthy Start Program serves women, children, and families in seven counties in the Mississippi Delta region. The project has been working to reduce infant mortality among high-risk and underserved residents of the Mississippi Delta since 1999. Mississippi has some of the highest infant mortality, low birth weight, and preterm birth rates in the nation and is also characterized by significant disparities in maternal health outcomes among Black and White women.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00027
Project Start Date: October 01, 1994
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: MISSISSIPPI STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: E Woodrow Wilson Ave Jackson MS 39216
Project Director: Lei Zhang
Phone Number: (601) 576-8165
Email: lei.zhang@msdh.state.ms.us

Project Description

There are issues in access and lack of linkages that limit the use of maternal and child health surveillance and data use in Mississippi. The SSDI grant works to provide data support and enhance data access for maternal and child health data to support public health surveillance, planning, and program delivery.

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

Grant Number: H49MC27811
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI CIVIC IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, INC.
Address: W Northside Dr Jackson MS 39213
Project Director: Jasmin Chapman
Phone Number: (601) 364-5142
Email: jhchc@comcast.net

Project Description

Hinds County, Mississippi is a designated Health Professional Shortage Area for primary, mental, and dental care. In 2015, the IMR rate for the state among African Americans was 13.0/1000 with 354 infant deaths, and the LBW rate was 16.5. No community-wide coordinated care for pregnant women exists.

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

Grant Number: X10MC33589
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: Human Services, Mississippi Department Of
Address: PO BOX 352 Jackson MS 39205
Project Director: Kristi McHale
Phone Number: (601) 359-4048
Email: kristi.mchale@mdhs.ms.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: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC07948
Project Start Date: June 01, 2007
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Address: College Dr Hattiesburg MS 39406
Project Director: Dr. Leslie LaVergne
Phone Number: (601) 266-6225
Email: leslie.lavergne@usm.edu

Project Description

Before the MS F2F was established, many families of CYSHCN in Mississippi were not actively involved in the decision-making process regarding their children’s health care. Now CYSHCN/MSDH (Title V) has a parent coordinator available to families for one-on-one consultation and to advise and train staff as changes proceed within the program. Additionally, MS F2F has reached out to more families of CYSHCN not served by Title V in Mississippi to provide medical home and transition trainings through conferences and community-based presentations. Health care and education professionals have also received information concerning health care services, particularly the six core outcomes via a longtime monthly listserv, training and information on resources, and one-on-one consultations as well as group presentations.

Project Title: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

Grant Number: U4CMC32314
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: September 29, 2023
Organization: MENTAL HEALTH, MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 239 North Lamar St.,1101 Robert E. Lee Building Jackson MS 39201
Project Director: Philip Merideth
Phone Number: (601) 613-9990
Email: pm4@att.net

Project Description

Problem: Access to quality psychiatric care is a national challenge for a significant number of children and families, but this challenge is exacerbated in Mississippi, where we have some of the nation’s most significant healthcare, geographic, workforce, and socioeconomic challenges. This problem is compounded by poor rates of integrated behavioral healthcare with primary care providers. Telehealth modalities and consultation, care coordination and referral services may overcome these barriers to provide improved accessibility to specialized psychiatric care.

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

Grant Number: H49MC27819
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: DELTA HEALTH ALLIANCE, INC.
Address: Stoneville Road P O Stoneville MS 38776
Project Director: Carolyn Willis
Phone Number: (662) 390-7635
Email: cwillis@deltahealthalliance.org

Project Description

The Delta Healthy Start Collaborative is serving a completely rural population in Leflore, Holmes, Humphreys and Yazoo counties in the northwest quadrant of Mississippi, with combined populations of 88,955 people. All addresses within this area are deemed eligible per HRSA’s Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer. The combined 3-year infant mortality rate for this service area is 11.23 infant deaths per 1,000 births, which is 1.9 times the national average of 5.89 infant deaths per 1,000 births.

Project Title: Early Childhood Health Promotion System for High Need Program

Grant Number: UK2MC31456
Project Start Date: September 30, 2017
Project End Date: September 29, 2020
Organization: UNIVERISTY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER
Address: 2500 North State Street, Jackson MS 39216
Project Director: Susan Buttross
Phone Number: (601) 540-4863
Email: sbuttross@umc.edu

Project Description

The overall goals of Child Health and Development Project (Mississippi Thrive) are to build a coordinated statewide early childhood developmental health system where only fragments currently exist, develop a quality early developmental workforce —and to increase the developmental promotion, screening and linkage rates of children birth to 6 years to one of the highest in the nation from a start of the lowest in the nation.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC06731
Project Start Date: March 01, 2006
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: MISSISSIPPI STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: E Woodrow Wilson Ave Jackson MS 39216
Project Director: Alisa Williams
Phone Number: (601) 576-7380
Email: Alisa.Williams@msdh.ms.gov

Project Description

Mississippi lacks appropriate pediatric care resources and coordination between the healthcare institutions, EMS agencies, state agencies and tribal agencies. Though we have some guidelines, there remains a need for in-depth guidelines and policies specific to pediatric pre-hospital and hospital care, including hospital readiness, pediatric transfers, and medical pediatric system of care. Being able to recognize which hospital is capable of what pediatric services will not only serve the EMS agencies, but also the citizens of Mississippi. Once the Recognition System is built, transfer guidelines and agreements will be upgraded and implemented. Though our PEC Champion advanced pediatric education and skill training for all EMS and hospital emergency department personnel, it is still not a statewide program and thus remains a much needed source.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00052
Project Start Date: April 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: MISSISSIPPI STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: E Woodrow Wilson Ave Jackson MS 39216
Project Director: Stacy Callender
Phone Number: (601) 576-7427
Email: stacy.callender@msdh.ms.gov

Project Description

The purpose of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention – Mississippi project is to develop a comprehensive and coordinated statewide Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) system of care to ensure newborns and infants receive appropriate and timely services, including screening, evaluation, diagnosis, and early intervention (EI).

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020