Nebraska Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Maintain MCH Data Capacity

Grant Number: H18MC00031
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: STATE OF NEBRASKA
Address: PO BOX 95026 Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Project Director: Jennifer Severe-Oforah
Phone Number: (402) 471-2091
Email: jennifer.severeoforah@nebraska.gov

Project Description

The need is to develop, enhance and expand Nebraska’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) data capacity in support of our target population - women, infants, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Greater data capacity will improve decision-making and the allocation of resources in support of effective, efficient and quality programming.

Project Title: Nebraska EMS for Children State Partnership Grant

Grant Number: H33MC07876
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: NE Department of Health and Human Services R&L
Address: PO BOX 95026 Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Project Director: Timothy A. Wilson
Phone Number: (402) 471-0124
Email: tim.wilson@nebraska.gov

Project Description

Access and improve operational capacity of Nebraska to provide emergency care to the children in our state. Evaluation and strategic planning will be incorporated to identify and generate support for sustainability of EMSC initiatives through legislation, regulatory, policy change, and other means.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (Nebraska EHDI Program)

Grant Number: H61MC00065
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: NE ST DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: PO BOX 95026 Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Project Director: Brenda Coufal
Phone Number: (402) 471-6770
Email: brenda.coufal@nebraska.gov

Project Description

Nebraska identifies on average 65 infants with a hearing loss annually (includes late onset). The changing demographic, economic, social, cultural, and political environments in the state have led to well-documented challenges in providing medical & public health services equitably across the state and across population groups. Access to audiologists & medical specialists is limited in rural areas. Audiologists & medical specialists tend to be disproportionately clustered in the two major metropolitan areas in eastern Nebraska, resulting in decreased availability for diagnostic evaluations and treatment for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Over two-thirds of the audiologists and pediatric health care providers (physicians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, and otolaryngologists) practice within these two metropolitan areas. In 2016, 61 of the 93 counties experienced a shortage of family practice physicians and 83 counties had a shortage of general pediatricians.

Project Title: Family to Family Health Information Center at PTI Nebraska

Grant Number: H84MC08009
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: PTI Nebraska
Address: 3135 North 93rd St Omaha, NE 68134-4717
Project Director: Mike Tufte
Phone Number: (402) 346-0525
Email: mtufte@pti-nebraska.org

Project Description

In a recent survey (December 2017) conducted by the F2F HIC, 100% of Nebraska’s families stated that they need “providers who respect my knowledge of my child and listen to me” as the foundation of a partnership with healthcare provider. 83% of families want providers to speak in understandable terms and allow them time to digest information and weigh the options presented.

Project Title: Nebraska Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

Grant Number: T73MC00023
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
Address: University of Nebraska Medical Center 987835 Nebraska Medical Ctr Omaha, NE 68198-7835
Project Director: Cynthia Ellis
Phone Number: (402) 559-4985
Email: cellis@unmc.edu

Project Description

22.2% of Nebraska households have one or more children with a disability or special health care need, slightly higher than the national incidence (21.8%). Less than half (49.2%) of Nebraska children with a special health care need (SHCN) receive coordinated, ongoing, comprehensive care within a medical home and less than half of those (42.1%) are meeting all five Core MCHB Outcomes. In Nebraska, 17% of children have one or more emotional, behavioral, or developmental condition. 84% of Nebraska counties have a high un-met need for behavioral health services and 32 counties do not have a behavioral health provider of any kind. A full third (33%) of non-white, non-Hispanic Nebraska children live in poverty. Access to care during the first trimester in Nebraska is well below the Healthy People 2020 objective (77.9%) for all minority populations. Approximately 26% of infants born in Nebraska in 2012 were at risk of premature birth, birth defects, low birth weight, and mortality.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020