New Mexico Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Health Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC31607
Project Start Date: March 1, 2018
Project End Date: February 28, 2023
Organization: CLINICA DE FAMILIA INC, LA
Address: 385 CALLE DE ALEGRA BLDG A, LAS CRUCES, NM 88005-3423
Project Director: Virgil Medina
Phone Number: (575) 526-1105
Email: smdg@lcdfnm.org

Project Description

To establish oral health screenings and the provision of dental varnishes to infants, young children and pregnant women service fills a gap in a vulnerable population’s medical home services and assists in the prevention of dental caries.

Project Title: New Mexico State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI)

Grant Number: H18MC00035
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: NEW MEXICO STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: New Mexico Department of Health PO BOX 26110 Santa Fe, NM 87502-0110
Project Director: Eirian Coronado
Phone Number: (505) 476-8895
Email: Eirian.Coronado@state.nm.us

Project Description

New Mexico provides high quality data collection, linkage and analysis services to internal and external clients throughout NM. As a state, we struggle with timely access to prenatal care, postpartum follow up and breastfeeding duration. We excel in supine position for infants but struggle with unsafe sleep environments, especially among African-American and rural families. Our maternal mortality rate is higher than the US average, and we are working to bring community and equity expertise to the committee review.

Project Title: NM EMS for Children State Partnership Program

Grant Number: H33MC07873
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: University of New Mexicio Health Sciences Center
Address: Mail Stop Code:MSC 09 52201 UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87131
Project Director: Robert Sapien
Phone Number: (505) 272-5062
Email: rsapien@salud.unm.edu

Project Description

NM is a rural/frontier state with large land mass and sparse population. Despite efforts to improve pediatric training for healthcare providers in NM, work must continue due to employee turnover rates and training retention. Many EMS Agencies and EDs do not have the minimum equipment or training needed to stabilize an ill or injured child, nor are they even aware of the deficiencies. State government does not see the permanence of EMSC as a priority at this time. Work must continue on educating political leaders to include EMSC when they are revising current state rules/regulations.

Project Title: EMSC Demonstration Grant-State Partnership Regionalization of Care, A Child Ready (CR) System of Reg

Grant Number: H3AMC24075
Project Start Date: June 1, 2016
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Address: Mail Stop Code:09 52201 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Project Director: Robert Sapien
Phone Number: (505) 272-5062
Email: rsapien@salud.unm.edu

Project Description

As a minority-majority, rural and impoverished state, NM is medically underserved with limited pediatric tertiary and trauma care. Many NM children live not only in poverty, but in deep poverty and not only rural, but frontier. Access to Pediatric Emergency Care is extremely limited. The purpose of this grant was to create an awareness among health care providers, hospital facilities, EMS and schools within our rural and tribal communities regarding the treatment of the ill or injured children through telemedicine, education, preparedness and injury prevention initiatives.

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

Grant Number: H49MC27833
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: June 30, 2019
Organization: CLINICA DE FAMILIA INC, LA
Address: 385 Calle De Alegra Bldg A Las Cruces, NM 88005-3423
Project Director: Patricia M. Heffelfinger
Phone Number: (575) 556-1105
Email: pheffel@lcdfnm.org

Project Description

Our Healthy Start Initiative addresses the disparities in health care experienced by our Hispanic population by enhancing the community's service system while continuing to promote the well being for all women of childbearing age, infants and families, a bi-national population.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program

Grant Number: H61MC04397
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: NEW MEXICO STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: New Mexico Department of Health PO BOX 26110 Santa Fe, NM 87502-0110
Project Director: Susan M. Chacon
Phone Number: (505) 476-8860
Email: susan.chacon@state.nm.us

Project Description

Develop a comprehensive and coordinated statewide Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) system of care targeted towards ensuring that newborns and infants are receiving appropriate and timely services, including screening, evaluation, diagnosis, and early intervention (EI). This purpose will be achieved by focusing efforts on: 1) increasing health professionals’ engagement within and knowledge of the EHDI system, 2) improving access to EI services and language acquisition, and 3) improving family engagement, partnership, and leadership within the EHDI programs and systems.

Project Title: New Mexico Family-to-Family Health Information Center

Grant Number: H84MC08007
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Parents Reaching Out to Help
Address: 1920 B Columbia S.E. Albuquerque, NM 87106-3307
Project Director: Naomi Sandweiss
Phone Number: (505) 247-0192
Email: nsandweiss@parentsreachingout.org

Project Description

Significant roadblocks for NM families with CYSHCN receiving needed services and resources. Problems identified include access, especially those from rural, border or frontier communities, decades-long waiting lists for some services, lack of providers, especially pediatric specialists. These problems are multiplied by poverty, a lack of transportation options and families who struggle with low health literacy.

Project Title: Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas through Education and Training Program

Grant Number: T04MC26891
Project Start Date: June 1, 2014
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Address: MSC09-5040 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Project Director: Kristine Tollestrup
Phone Number: (505) 272-9555
Email: ktollestrup@salud.unm.edu

Project Description

New Mexico presents a unique combination of strengths and challenges for the delivery of public health services in the state. The benefits of public health training to MCH professionals align with the challenges facing New Mexico in improving MCH outcomes. Understanding how social determinates and health inequities affect clinical services will incorporate the specific needs of communities into the efforts and programs in MCH. Public health training will increase the knowledge and skills of this diverse workforce and lead to increased educational attainment opportunities at the Universities. This project will provide competency-based, online graduate level training in public health that is tailored to the needs of the diverse rural MCH practitioners in the state.

Project Title: University of New Mexico Pediatric Pulmonary Center

Grant Number: T72MC00004
Project Start Date: July 1, 2015
Project End Date: June 30, 2020
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Address: Mail Stop Code:MSC 09 52201 UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87131
Project Director: L. Francine Caffey
Phone Number: (505) 272-6633
Email: FCaffey@salud.unm.edu

Project Description

This project will continue the much needed training for healthcare workers to have the knowledge and skills to adequately treat children with pulmonary diseases in one of the poorest and largest geographic states in the nation. As is explained throughout this document, there are great needs and many barriers to care for the population. The University of New Mexico (UNM) Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) has a strong track record of providing much needed training for future and current health care providers in a variety of disciplines especially in rural/underserved areas of the state. In addition to the formal training of students at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, other recipients of training include school nurses, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) via continuing education (CE) in accordance with the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Project Title: New MexicoTraining Program (LEND)

Grant Number: T73MC00025
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Address: Pre-Award Services, HSC Financial Services MSC09 5220 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131
Project Director: Sandra Heimerl
Phone Number: (505) 272-0096
Email: sheimerl@salud.unm.edu

Project Description

New Mexico (NM) is a sparsely populated, racially and ethnically diverse state, ranking 50th in child well-being (Annie E. Casey Foundation) and families are negatively impacted by the state's economic status with child poverty at 30%. NM has a chronic shortage of health professionals.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020