Nebraska Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00065
Project Start Date: March 31, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: NE ST DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: Lincoln NE 68509
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: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00031
Project Start Date: January 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: STATE OF NEBRASKA
Address: Lincoln NE 68509
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: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

Grant Number: U4CMC32322
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: September 29, 2023
Organization: HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF
Address: PO BOX 95026 Lincoln NE 68509
Project Director: Sara Morgan
Phone Number: (402) 471-0196
Email: sara.morgan@nebraska.gov

Project Description

Children and youth lack access to behavioral health services in this largely rural state where qualified behavioral health professionals are in short supply. Primary care providers face challenges in meeting the behavioral health needs of pediatric patients when psychiatric consultation and integrated practice approaches may be unavailable. This project seeks to strengthen the capacity of primary care providers in underserved areas to better serve pediatric patients with mild to moderate mental or behavioral health issues by increasing screening, referral, and treatment through available expert BH consultation for the providers. In addition, Nebraska takes a cross-sector, systems-level approaches to advancing and leveraging integration and access for all children and families. The program evaluation includes exploration of whether access improvements are distributed equitably in the population.

Project Title: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program

Grant Number: T73MC00023
Project Start Date: July 01, 1995
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
Address: Nebraska Medical Ctr Omaha NE 68198
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.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC07876
Project Start Date: March 01, 2007
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: NE Department of Health and Human Services R&L
Address: Lincoln NE 68509
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: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC00156
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: Charles Drew Health Center, Inc.
Address: Grant St Omaha NE 68111
Project Director: Angeline Larson
Phone Number: (402) 457-1202
Email: Angeline.Larson@charlesdrew.com

Project Description

The OHS Project Area is an urban area consisting of five target zip codes in Douglas County, Nebraska which had an Infant Mortality Rate of 9.29, more than 1.5 times the national rate, and a total of 30 infant deaths over the 2013-15 measurement period. The total population of the OHS Project Area is 64,012. Per program requirements, a majority of program participants will come from this area. Omaha Healthy Start is pleased to collaborate with the Douglas County Health Department’s Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) nutrition program, Baby Blossoms Collaborative, the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Center for Reducing Health Disparities, and Charles Drew Health Center to ensure that OHS meets or exceeds its annual goal.

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

Grant Number: X10MC33593
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF
Address: LINCOLN NE 68509
Project Director: Sara Morgan
Phone Number: (402) 471-0196
Email: sara.morgan@nebraska.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: H84MC08009
Project Start Date: June 01, 2007
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: PTI Nebraska
Address: North 93rd St Omaha NE 68134
Project Director: Mike Tufte
Phone Number: (402) 346-0525
Email: mtufte@pti-nebraska.org

Project Description

In a recent survey (Dec 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.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020