Pennsylvania Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Pennsylvania Department of Health State Systems Development Initiative Grant Program

Grant Number: H18MC07833
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Address: Commonwealth Ave. & Forster St, 7th Floor East, Health & Welfare Building Harrisburg, PA 17120
Project Director: Erin E. McCarty
Phone Number: (717) 547-3391
Email: erimccarty@pa.gov

Project Description

The primary purposes of the State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) are to develop, enhance, and expand state maternal and child health (MCH) data capacity for its needs assessment and performance measure reporting in the Title V MCH Services Block Grant program. The Pennsylvania Department of Health's (PA DOH) Bureau of Family Health (BFH) recognizes the need for improved availability, timeliness, and quality of MCH data, as utilization of these data is central to reporting on program assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation efforts. This project enables the BFH to enhance its data capacity by increasing access to and building capabilities for data collection, data analysis, data systems, and linked information systems. The outcomes of this project will allow for better evaluation and measurement of Title V MCH Services Block Grant program goals and objectives, identification of health trends, and improved program planning and management of health care services.

Project Title: Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)

Grant Number: H33MC06717
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: PO BOX 90 Harrisburg, PA 17108
Project Director: Jay P. Taylor
Phone Number: (717) 839-8817
Email: jaytaylo@pa.gov

Project Description

Pennsylvania (PA) has an estimated 2.4 million children, who at any time, may rely on the state’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system. In 2018, 83,512 EMS calls involved children who were transported and/or treated within the PA Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system. Children present EMS providers with a unique set of challenges when it comes to the provision of emergency medical care which requires specialized training and pediatric specific equipment.

Project Title: Interconception opportunities to address mental health and obesogenic risks

Grant Number: R40MC31762
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2019
Organization: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The
Address: Research Institute ,3615 Civic Center Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19104
Project Director: Emily F. Gregory
Phone Number: (215) 419-3122
Email: gregorye@email.chop.edu

Project Description

Preconception care is health care delivered to adults with the goal of improving outcomes in subsequent pregnancies. It is a strategy to improve birth outcomes, decrease health care costs, and increase health equity. Despite its promise, only one third of women report receiving preconception care in the year prior to a first birth, and fewer report receiving such care in the interconception period. Some women may benefit from interconception services more than others -- particularly women with known modifiable health risks, such as mental health conditions or obesogenic risks.

Project Title: Training Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians: The MCHB/PENN Partnership

Grant Number: T77MC00012
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA
Address: Joseph Stokes, Jr. Research Institute 3615 Civic Center Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19104-4318
Project Director: Nathan J. Blum
Phone Number: (215) 590-7681
Email: blum@email.chop.edu

Project Description

Developmental and behavioral problems including autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD) are the most prevalent chronic conditions limiting children’s functioning. There is a national shortage of health care providers trained to screen for, diagnose or rule out, and provide evidence-based treatments for these conditions. We aim to improve the developmental and behavioral health of children and families; improve access to developmental-behavioral pediatric (DBP) care for children with ASD/DD and underserved populations; and train future leaders in DBP care.

Project Title: Improving Access to Standardized Comprehensive Care  for Thalassemia Patients in the MAR

Grant Number: U1AMC28549
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2021
Organization: CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA, THE
Address: 3615 Civic Center Blvd  Philadelphia, PA 19104-4318
Project Director: Janet L Kwiatkowski
Phone Number: (215) 590-5286
Email: kwiatkowski@email.chop.edu

Project Description

Currently, few thalassemia treatment centers (TTCs) exist in the United States and patients often travel great distances to receive specialized thalassemia care in these TTCs. This is a barrier to care for affected patients, costly, and not conducive to emergency care. Some patients remain unserved and may not receive comprehensive care because they are unaware of such services or have financial or geographic barriers to care access. Lack of appropriate comprehensive care leads to suboptimal outcomes. Therefore, improved access to care for these underserved individuals is critical. The establishment of a regional, and ultimately, national, collaboration would allow all individuals with thalassemia to receive the same high quality comprehensive care, but locally.

Project Title: Hemophilia Treatment Centers (SPRANS) - Mid-Atlantic Region III

Grant Number: H30MC24050
Project Start Date: June 1, 2017
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Address: Research Institute 3615 Civic Center Boulevard  Philadelphia, PA 19104
Project Director: Regina Butler
Phone Number: (215) 590-2198
Email: butler@email.chop.edu

Project Description

Hemophilia is a rare genetic disease and a lifelong chronic condition that impacts all aspects of a patient's life. The care for those with hemophilia requires sophisticated medical analysis to provide the appropriate diagnosis, treatment and management.

Project Title: Healthy Start Inititive: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

Grant Number: H49MC00135
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: PHILADELPHIA PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Address: 1101 Market St FL 9th Philadelphia, PA 19107-2934
Project Director: Tracey A. Morris
Phone Number: (215) 685-5249
Email: Tracey.Morris@phila.gov

Project Description

The Healthy Start program aims to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality and adverse perinatal outcomes. Healthy Start uses community based approaches to service delivery and facilitates comprehensive health and social services for families. Extreme poverty, discrimination, poor educational opportunities and other inequities plague many Philadelphia neighborhoods. These social determinants drive the disparities in infant and maternal outcomes. Healthy Start recognizes that the poor and disparate outcomes cannot be eliminated unless the social determinants of health are addressed. PDPH HS as a backbone organization works with others in the community using a collective impact model to address these determinants and support community change.

Project Title: Greater Harrisburg Healthy Start

Grant Number: H49MC12904
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: HAMILTON HEALTH CENTER, INC.
Address: 1821 Fulton St Harrisburg, PA 17102-1522
Project Director: Nichole Lehr
Phone Number: (717) 230-3964
Email: nlehr@hamiltonhealthcenter.com

Project Description

During the reporting period, Greater Harrisburg Healthy Start served a total of 653 participants and reached an additional 591 through community outreach. GHHS hosted its sixth annual Baby Buggy Walk in the Park which had 214 individuals in attendance. The program's greatest achievement has been maintaining a 0% infant mortality rate for another year. GHHS hosted 33 education sessions with 162 unduplicated individuals in attendance. Staff also provided curriculum at 1300 home visits throughout the year.

Project Title: MOMobile Healthy Start

Grant Number: H49MC27829
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: MATERNITY CARE COALITION
Address: 2000 Hamilton St Ste 205  Philadelphia, PA 19130-3848
Project Director: Kathrin Brellochs
Phone Number: (215) 989-3546
Email: kbrellochs@maternitycarecoalition.org

Project Description

In response to Philadelphia’s persistent poor health outcomes, MCC’s Healthy Start program provides case management for pregnant women, new mothers and children up to age 2. The goal is to improve perinatal health outcomes and reduce disparities in select low-income communities in Philadelphia.

Project Title: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

Grant Number: H49MC30725
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: The Foundation for Delaware County
Address: 200 E State St STE 304 Media, PA 19063-3434
Project Director: Joanne Craig
Phone Number: (610) 497-7344
Email: jcraig@delcofoundation.org

Project Description

Reduce the disparity in the infant mortality and morbidity rates for Black babies born in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Project Title: EHDI Newborn Hearing Screenings

Grant Number: H61MC24882
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Address: 625 Forster St., Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701
Project Director: Kelly Holland
Phone Number: (717) 783-8143
Email: kholland@pa.gov

Project Description

Provide hearing screenings, appropriate referrals, education, and family support to all infants born in Pennsylvania.

Project Title: PEAL F2F Health Information Center

Grant Number: H84MC07998
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center
Address: 1119 Penn Ave STE 400 Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4220
Project Director: Jeannine H. Brinkley
Phone Number: (412) 281-4404
Email: jbrinkley@pealcenter.org

Project Description

There is not a unified coordinated system to support CYSHCN and their families in PA. Instead, the system of services is comprised of multiple state and county entities. This system is fragmented and compartmentalized into eligibility-based programs so families must first determine which programs and services that they may qualify for and sometimes must complete multiple applications. We have a need is to identify, train and support families who are racial and ethnic minorities, language minorities, or low-income families and to educate state and regional agencies to recruit and include them on advisory groups. PA has over 1,500 children in residential placements that include nursing homes, privately operated residential facilities for both developmental disabilities and behavioral health, and residential schools. Isolation and segregation in school continues for children with disabilities and/or CYSHCN.

Project Title: Randomized Control Trial of Universal vs. Targeted School Screening for Adolescent Major Depressive

Grant Number: R40MC31765
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY, THE
Address: 500 University Drive, P.O. Box 850,  Hershey, PA 17033
Project Director: Deepa Sekhar
Phone Number: (717) 531-8006
Email: dsekhar@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Project Description

The prevalence of annual major depressive disorder (MDD) episodes among US adolescents rose from 8.3% in 2008 to 12.5% in 2015. Close to 30% of adolescents with MDD reported suicidality in the prior year, with more than one in ten making a suicide attempt. We propose that schools may provide an effective setting to conduct universal MDD screening. While over half of US adolescents do not have annual preventive health visits, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status most attend school. The regular contact with schools compared to contact with the medical setting has been used to advocate for many school-based universal health screenings that impact academic success (e.g. vision, hearing). However, while current school screenings address multiple physical health domains, none address mental health.

Project Title: CHOP Leadership Education in Adolescent and Young Adult Health (LEAH)

Grant Number: T71MC30798
Project Start Date: July 1, 2017
Project End Date: June 30, 2022
Organization: CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA, THE
Address: Research Institute, 3615 Civic Center Blvd  Philadelphia, PA 19104
Project Director: Carol A. Ford
Phone Number: (267) 426-3938
Email: fordc@email.chop.edu

Project Description

Adolescents and young adults (AYA) have difficulty accessing high-quality, interdisciplinary, youth-centered/family-involved and culturally competent care. These problems are exacerbated for young people living in poverty and minorities. We have not met Healthy People 2020 Goals for AYA. Many people between 10 and 26 years of age are not connected to high-quality evidence-based health care services, receiving recommended preventive health care, benefiting from the presence of evidence-based policies to improve their health, or benefiting from supportive environments enriched with youth development strategies to build resilience and strength. Multiple factors contribute to these unmet needs, and one critical factor is the national shortage of professionals trained to provide evidence-based services for AYA patients in youth-centered/family-involved, cost-effective, culturally and community-responsive ways.

Project Title: (T73MC00036) UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, Pittsburgh, PA

Grant Number: T73MC00036
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
Address: Office of Research 123 University Pl BLDG UNIV CLUB Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2303
Project Director: Miya R. Asato
Phone Number: (412) 692-6106
Email: mra5@pitt.edu

Project Description

The prevalence of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities is increasing, necessitating the need for early screening, diagnosis and treatment. We aim to train leaders with increased clinical capacity utilizing didactics, supervised clinical experiences, and community partnerships.

Project Title: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Grant Number: T73MC00051
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA
Address: Joseph Stokes, Jr. Research Institute 3615  Civic Center Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19104-4318
Project Director: Nathan Blum, MD
Phone Number: (215) 590-7466
Email: blum@email.chop.edu

Project Description

Children with autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental disabilities (ASD/NDD) have difficulty accessing high quality, interdisciplinary, family-centered and culturally competent care. These problems are exacerbated for families living in poverty and minorities. More individuals trained to provide this care are needed.

Project Title: Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health Maternal and Child Health Training Program

Grant Number: T76MC28437
Project Start Date: June 1, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: DREXEL UNIVERSITY
Address: 3201 Arch St STE 100 Philadelphia, PA 19104-2737
Project Director: Renee Turchi
Phone Number: (267) 359-6051
Email: rmt28@drexel.edu

Project Description

As MCH populations increase, numbers of MCH professionals are declining. It is paramount to expand MCH training, especially for students of diverse backgrounds, to increase workforce capacity and diversity. Drexel SPH has a diverse student body, but lacks curricular infrastructure for MCH training.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020