Puerto Rico Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC32238
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: University Of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
Address: San Juan PR 00936
Project Director: Carol Salas
Phone Number: (787) 617-8617
Email: carol.salas@upr.edu

Project Description

Based in US Census 2012-2016, 122,678 (16.6%) of children under 18 years old have special needs in Puerto Rico. CYSHCN usually require a broad range of services in greater quantity than children without special needs in order to improve their health and functionality. Families usually struggle to find the services that their children need. In a descriptive study realized by the Puerto Rico Department of Health (Martí and Pérez, 2009), services of more need in the special needs population were preventive medical services, (76%), specialists (66%), physical, language/ occupational therapies (52%) and mental health (43%). The infant mortality rate calculated for 2015 in Puerto Rico is higher when compared with the mainland rate: (7.0 deaths per 1,000 live births in PR vs. 5.9 deaths per 1,000 live births in One principle that underlies work with families of CYSHCN is that providing information, referrals and support will improve access to needed services and, therefore, improve outcomes.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00050
Project Start Date: March 31, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: Health, Department of
Address: San Juan PR 00936
Project Director: Hillary Martinez
Phone Number: (787) 765-2929 Extn-4592
Email: hillary.martinez@salud.pr.gov

Project Description

The goal of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program is to support the development of state and territory programs and systems of care to ensure that children who are deaf or hard of hearing are identified through newborn, infant, and early childhood hearing screening and receive diagnosis and appropriate early intervention to optimize language, literacy, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC06720
Project Start Date: March 01, 2006
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO
Address: San Juan PR 00922
Project Director: Milagros Martin
Phone Number: (787) 474-0333 Extn-7198
Email: milagros.martin8@upr.edu

Project Description

Puerto Rico needs to create a strategy to improve the emergency care of children. There is no systematic way of collecting data in Puerto Rico. The PR EMSC Program, in accordance with EMSC's Performance Measures, will address the need to assess and improve the current status of pediatric emergency in the island.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00043
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: PUERTO RICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: San Juan PR 00936
Project Director: MANUEL VARGAS-BERNAL
Phone Number: (787) 765-2929 Extn-4583
Email: mivargas@salud.gov.pr

Project Description

Investigate health problems, assess and monitor MCA health status, and ensure quality improvements are part of the 10 essential public health services that framework the Title V MCH Services Block Grant . Those essential services mentioned above are require from PRSSDI to develop, enhance and expand MCAH data capacity for its needs assessment and performance measure reporting in the Title V MCH Block Grant Program. Such enhanced MCAH data capacity will help the MCAH Program-s to engage informed decision-making and resource allocation that support effective, efficient and quality programming for women, infants, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs.

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

Grant Number: X10MC33606
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: Health, Department of
Address: PO BOX 70184 SAN JUAN PR 00936
Project Director: MANUEL I VARGAS-BERNAL
Phone Number: (787) 765-2929 Extn-4583
Email: mivargas@salud.pr.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.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020