New Jersey Discretionary Awards

Project Title: STATE SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

Grant Number: H18MC00034
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: NEW JERSEY STATE DEPT OF HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES
Address: PO BOX 360 Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Project Director: Mehnaz Mustafa
Phone Number: (609) 292-5656
Email: mehnaz.mustafa@doh.nj.gov

Project Description

Evaluating MCH services is often limited by a lack of complete and timely data. To ensure the continued effectiveness and readiness of Title V-supported programs, a strong data structure that includes data linkages using ‘provisional’ real time data will be developed to strengthen MCH data capacity.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grant

Grant Number: H33MC06718
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: New Jersey Department of Health
Address: PO BOX 360 Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Project Director: Eric Hicken
Phone Number: (609) 633-7777
Email: eric.hicken@doh.nj.gov

Project Description

Pediatric Education, NEMSIS EMS Data Collection, Designated Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC), Annual Pediatric Competencies, Integrations of EMSC Priorities into Regulation, Emergency Department Competencies

Project Title: Engaging Caregivers, Children and Adolescents in Managing Asthma

Grant Number: H17MC30732
Project Start Date: March 1, 2017
Project End Date: February 28, 2022
Organization: HENRY J. AUSTIN HEALTH CENTER, INC.
Address: 321 N Warren St, Trenton, NJ 08618-4741
Project Director: Kemi Alli
Phone Number: (609) 278-5939
Email: kemi.alli@henryjaustin.org

Project Description

The HJAHC AIM program addresses a key area of importance: providing access to asthma management educational services for the underserved children and adolescents with asthma in Trenton. The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services Asthma Report 2014 Mercer County profile, which is the most recent available, noted 7.9% of the county’s children diagnosed with asthma, numbering 6,524 children. It also reports that emergency department visits for children in Mercer County are 33% higher than state rates. Given that over one-quarter of the county’s children live in Trenton (21,567 children, or 26.3% of the county’s children and youth), and given that in the last calendar year, Henry J. Austin Health Center (HJAHC) treated 525 children for intermittent or persistent asthma (2015 UDS report), while a straight proportion would suggest that 1,704 city minors would be expected to have asthma; and that asthma rates are disproportionate in urban communities, this is a greater proportion

Project Title: Camden Healthy Start

Grant Number: H49MC00142
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY PERINATAL
Address: 2500 Mcclellan Ave STE 250 Pennsauken, NJ 08109-4613
Project Director: Dianne R. Browne
Phone Number: (856) 668-4426
Email: dbrowne@snjpc.org

Project Description

Camden, NJ one of the poorest cities in the US reports an infant mortality rate that is twice the national average. Living conditions put some women at risk of poor birth outcomes. Elements of toxic stress are visible as community members endure episodes of violence, deplorable housing conditions, and visible displays of homeless and jobless people on the streets. Camden is considered a food desert and breastfeeding support is limited after delivery. Relationships between women in the city and healthcare provider organizations is often strained, as women contend with less than respectful engagement between staff and providers. Healthy Start (CHS) is aware of the lack of trust between community members and healthcare providers and its impact on access to services. Therefore CHS endeavors to be a conduit that educates, supports, and serves as advocates to families connecting them to needed resources and facilitating relationships conducive to the promotion of positive birth outcomes.

Project Title: Children's Futures Trenton Healthy Start - Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

Grant Number: H49MC07888
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: Children's Futures, Inc
Address: 16 W Front St Ste 220 FL 2nd Trenton, NJ 08608-2010
Project Director: June R. Gray
Phone Number: (609) 695-1977
Email: jgray@childrensfutures.org

Project Description

Children's Futures is a comprehensive interagency partnership that integrates core Health Start program activities to improve access to care and eliminate perinatal health disparities for Trenton's at-risk women and their families.

Project Title: NCHC Healthy Start Initiative

Grant Number: H49MC27814
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: NEWARK COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS INC
Address: 741 Broadway Newark, NJ 07104-4309
Project Director: Pamela Clarke
Phone Number: (973) 483-1300
Email: pclarke@nchcfqhc.org

Project Description

Infant Mortality 11/1000 In Essex County

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

Grant Number: H49MC27815
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, Inc., The
Address: 50 Park Pl Ste 700 Newark, NJ 07102-4300
Project Director: Ilise Zimmerman
Phone Number: (973) 268-2280
Email: izimmerman@partnershipmch.org

Project Description

The Healthy Start program serves zip codes 07102, 07106, 07108, 07111, and 07112 in Newark and Irvington. These areas have large numbers of preterm birth and low birth-weight deliveries with resultant poor health outcomes. The project provides case management, education, and client support to improve outcomes. The Partnership's Healthy Start (HS) program aims to reduce the rates of preterm birth and low birth-weight among black non-Hispanic women residing in program’s service areas.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention

Grant Number: H61MC23641
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Address: PO Box 364 Trenton, NJ 08625-0364
Project Director: Kathryn Aveni
Phone Number: (609) 292-5676
Email: kathryn.aveni@doh.nj.gov

Project Description

Hearing loss occurs in approximately 3 per 1,000 births. In NJ, 99.9% of infants receive an initial hearing screening by 1 month of age. While the NJ EHDI Program has made great strides in working with all of it's stakeholders to ensure that timely and appropriate follow-up occurs for those infants who do not pass hearing screening, we continue to work toward making further program enhancements in order to effectively meet the national EHDI follow-up goals of ensuring that infants who do not pass screening undergo diagnostic audiologic testing no later than 3 months of age and that those children, from birth to age 3 years, who are diagnosed with permananent hearing loss of any type/degree - in one or both ears - be enrolled in culturally competent early intervention services no later than 6 months of age.

Project Title: Family WRAP: Wisdom, Resources, Advocacy, and Parent to Parent Support F2F

Grant Number: H84MC07997
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey
Address: 35 Halsey Street Newark, NJ 07102-3047
Project Director: Diana Autin
Phone Number: (973) 642-8100
Email: diana.autin@spanadvocacy.org

Project Description

294,346 NJ children have special needs (CSHCN). Families of CSHCN reported slightly lower rates of family-centered care (83.4%) than other families (87.3%). On the 2016 NSCH, 2% of CSHCN had access to a medical home; Hispanic and African-Americans reported lower rates. Only 71.3% of families reported their health insurance coverage was adequate, with children who had at least one parent born outside the US, or whose parents spoke a language other than English, having a higher rate of inadequate coverage. Only about 19% of parents – 11% of non-English speaking (LEP) parents - reported completed a screening tool for their young children. Only 18.8% of CSHCN reported access to needed transition services. Race/ethnicity data demonstrates that access to care is more difficult for African-American, Latino, and LEP families.

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

Grant Number: T73MC30120
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
Address: 33 Knightsbridge Rd Piscataway, NJ 08854-3925
Project Director: Deborah M. Spitalnik
Phone Number: (732) 235-9326
Email: spitalde@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Project Description

In addition to having the highest reported rate of ASD, New Jersey is further challenged by a need for qualified clinical leadership personnel, access to diagnostic and treatment services, and supports for families of children with ASD and related disabilities.

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program

Grant Number: T76MC28440
Project Start Date: June 1, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
Address: 3 Rutgers Plz FL 2nd New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559
Project Director: Qiana Brown
Phone Number: (848) 932-8443
Email: qiana.brown@rutgers.edu

Project Description

The MCH Training Program at the Rutgers University School of Public Health is designed to increase the number of graduate students with fundamental training in MCH in the MCH workforce, in particular Rutgers students from minority and underrepresented backgrounds. Objective 1: Train students in fundamental MCH learning competencies through completion of a fundamental course Objective 2: Generate interest in MCH through a MCH student organization Objective 3: Provide students with MCH practicum experiences; Recruit students from minority and underrepresented backgrounds.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020