North Dakota Discretionary Awards

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00038
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: E Boulevard Ave Bismarck ND 58505
Project Director: Tracy K Miller
Phone Number: (701) 328-2387

Project Description

The purpose of the North Dakota State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) is to develop, enhance and expand North Dakota’s (ND) Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) data capacity according to the Tier 2 application for SSDI grant funding. Improved data capacity is anticipated to influence informed data-driven decision making and resource allocation that will support effective, efficient and quality programming for women, pregnant women, infants, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs and their families in ND. These efforts will ensure continued effectiveness and readiness of Title V-supported programs by responding to the changing needs of the state’s MCH population and aligning with the Title V/MCH Block Grant priorities. A plan for overcoming barriers to data linkage across the five-year cycle that focuses on indicators from the Minimum and Core Datasets will be developed and implemented. Technical assistance is being used for evaluation.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00028
Project Start Date: April 01, 2000
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Address: University Ave W Minot ND 58707
Project Director: Jerusha Olthoff
Phone Number: (701) 858-4360

Project Description

Development of a statewide program and systems of care that ensures deaf or hard of hearing children are identified through newborn and infant hearing screening and receive evaluation, diagnosis, and appropriate intervention that optimize their language, literacy, and social-emotional development.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC06698
Project Start Date: March 01, 2006
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Address: E Boulevard Ave Bismarck ND 58505
Project Director: Chris Price
Phone Number: (701) 328-4728

Project Description

There is a great need in North Dakota to improve on delivery of pediatric care in the rural and oil impacted areas. Fifty-six percent of North Dakota children live in rural areas which carry high pediatric risks. North Dakota's frontier population results in longer distances to facilities with advanced pediatric skills. Longer distances dictate the critical need for knowledge of pre-hospital and hospital pediatric care. Risks are increasing in rural areas with steady increases in population, families are moving in from other states at a significant rate due to low unemployment rates and job opportunity. This leads to a significant challenge for Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) in locating individuals when EMS calls are requested. An increase in 911 calls and hospital emergency room visits has resulted in prolonged waiting periods for care. Some hospital Emergency Departments have seen a percentage volume increase of 130 percent over the past four years.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC07992
Project Start Date: June 01, 2007
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Family Voices of North Dakota, Inc
Address: 2nd Ave W Edgeley ND 58433
Project Director: Donene K Feist
Phone Number: (701) 493-2634

Project Description

The problem this project will address is the limited information and education faced by families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in a frontier, geographically vast state with an unstable economy that interferes with access to a family centered, culturally/linguistically competent system of care built upon family-professional collaborative partnerships.

Project Title: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

Grant Number: U4CMC32325
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: September 29, 2023
Address: 600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 301 Bismarck ND 58505
Project Director: Kim Mertz
Phone Number: (701) 328-4528

Project Description

As reported in the 2018 North Dakota Behavioral Health Systems Study, a common theme cited is the need for a more comprehensive continuum of outpatient services for children and youth. Stakeholders noted that child and youth services are often “swallowed up” by a systems emphasis on adult services. Stakeholders discussed a lack of infrastructure and coordination to support early childhood mental health for very young children. In many of the most rural areas of the state, there is not a medical clinic infrastructure in which a primary care physician can treat the medical or behavioral health needs of youth.

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

Grant Number: X10MC33600
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota
Project Director: Elizabeth Pihlaja
Phone Number: (701) 223-9052

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.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020