New Mexico Discretionary Awards

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

Grant Number: X10MC33597
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: Children, Youth And Families, New Mexico Department Of
Address: PO BOX 5160 Santa Fe NM 87502
Project Director: Alejandra Robelledo-Rea
Phone Number: (505) 827-3678
Email: alejandra.rebolledo@state.nm.us

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: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program

Grant Number: T73MC00025
Project Start Date: July 01, 1994
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Address: 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.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC08007
Project Start Date: June 01, 2007
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Parents Reaching Out to Help
Address: B Columbia S.E. Albuquerque NM 87106
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: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC31607
Project Start Date: March 01, 2018
Project End Date: February 28, 2023
Organization: CLINICA DE FAMILIA INC, LA
Address: 385 CALLE DE ALEGRA, BLDG A, LAS CRUCES NM 88005
Project Director: Virgil Medina
Phone Number: (575) 526-1105
Email: vmedina@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: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC32236
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: PARENTS REACHING OUT TO HELP INCORPORATED
Address: B Columbia Dr. SE Albuquerque NM 87106
Project Director: Naomi Sandweiss
Phone Number: (505) 247-0192
Email: nsandweiss@parentsreachingout.org

Project Description

Families of Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CYSHCN) in medically underserved Native American communities in New Mexico and Arizona need more information, resources and support in order to make informed decisions that benefit their child and support optimal health.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00035
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: NEW MEXICO STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: Santa Fe NM 87502
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: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC28140
Project Start Date: November 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: BEN ARCHER HEALTH CENTER, INC.
Address: PO Box 370 Hatch NM 87937
Project Director: Mary Alice Garay
Phone Number: (575) 267-3280
Email: mgaray@bahcnm.org

Project Description

Ben Archer Health Center (BAHC), a non-profit 501 (C) 3 corporation in Southern New Mexico. BAHC’s Welcome Baby Healthy Start Program serves pregnant women, their children (ages 0-24 months), and fathers. Services provided include parenting, care coordination, case management, developmental screening, risk screenings (depression, safety, family support, etc.), referrals to external resources including early intervention services, health education services, and child safety. The goals of the program are: babies are born healthy, children are nurtured by their parents and caregivers, children are physically and mentally healthy and ready for school, children and families are safe, and families are connected to formal and informal supports in their community. Outcomes to be achieved will include reductions in low-birth weights, infant mortality, and unintentional injuries, and increases in early access of prenatal care and child immunization rates.

Project Title: EMSC Demonstration Grants

Grant Number: H3AMC24075
Project Start Date: June 01, 2012
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Address: University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131
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: Pediatric Pulmonary Centers

Grant Number: T72MC00004
Project Start Date: July 01, 1990
Project End Date: June 30, 2020
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Address: 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: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC07873
Project Start Date: March 01, 2007
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: University of New Mexicio Health Sciences Center
Address: 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: Family/Professional Partnership

Grant Number: U40MC00149
Project Start Date: July 01, 1999
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: FAMILY VOICES, INC
Address: Alamo Ave SE Albuquerque NM 87106
Project Director: Nora Wells
Phone Number: (781) 674-7207
Email: nwells@familyvoices.org

Project Description

Persistent gaps in services to underserved populations contribute to health disparities. Families of CYSHCN experience barriers to care because care systems are complex and services may be unavailable or unaffordable. Even when services are available, barriers persist because services are not well coordinated across multiple systems. Engaging families as part of their children’s care is associated with a variety of positive outcomes, such as reductions in unmet health needs and decreased problems with specialty referrals and out-of-pocket expenses for CYSHCN. There is a lack of shared understanding and conceptualization of family engagement, and there are gaps in the availability of tools and resources for states and health care organizations to operationalize and measure family engagement.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC32234
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Indian Country Grassroots Support
Address: 913 N Orchard Ave Farmington NM 87401
Project Director: Josephine Foo
Phone Number: (505) 326-2650
Email: josey@indiancountrygrassroots.org

Project Description

No F2F HIC presently exists on the Navajo Nation to address both the specific cultural and linguistic needs of CYSHCN families and provide information on specific treatment choices on or near the reservation. The absence of this information is a tremendous burden on Navajo CYSHCN families and greatly limits their ability to participate in family treatment choices, including participation in assessing the choices and participating in the expansion of those choices.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC04397
Project Start Date: April 01, 2005
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: NEW MEXICO STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: Santa Fe NM 87502
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.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020