Mississippi Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Mississippi State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00027
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: 570 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave Jackson, MS 39216-4538
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 programs delivery.

Project Title: Mississippi EMS for Children

Grant Number: H33MC06731
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Address: 570 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave, Jackson, MS 39216-4538
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. Advanced pediatric education and skill training for all EMS and hospital emergency department personnel remains a much needed source.

Project Title: Tougaloo College/Delta Health Partners Healthy Start Program

Grant Number: H49MC00158
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Address: 500 W. County Line Rd Tougaloo, MS 39174-9700
Project Director: Arletha Howard
Phone Number: (662) 326-3673
Email: ahoward@tougaloo.edu

Project Description

The Tougaloo College/Delta Health Partners (TC/DHP) 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 birthweight, 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: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC27811
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Address: 3502 W Northside Dr., Jackson, MS 39213-4454
Project Director: Jasmin Chapman
Phone Number: (601) 364-5142
Email: jacksonhinds@jhchc.org

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: Mississippi Family to Family Health Information and Education Center (MS F2F)

Grant Number: H84MC07948
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Address: 118 College Dr., STE 5157 Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0002
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.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020