Rhode Island Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Rhode Island State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00044
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: 3 Capitol Hl STE 302 Providence, RI 02908-5034
Project Director: Ellen Amore
Phone Number: (401) 222-4601
Email: ellen.amore@health.ri.gov

Project Description

The purpose of the project is to enhance and support Maternal and Child Health (MCH) data capacity to promote use of data for needs assessment, program planning, evaluation and quality improvement efforts, policy development and other data driven Decision making by MCH Programs

Project Title: RI EMS for Children State Program Partnership

Grant Number: H33MC07875
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Rhode Island Department of Health
Address: 3 Capitol Hl RM 408 Providence, RI 02908-5034
Project Director: Carolina Roberts-Santana
Phone Number: (401) 222-2597
Email: c.robertssantana@health.ri.gov

Project Description

Work done by the EMSC Program in the last grant cycle indicates that Rhode Island does not have a quality review process for the pre-hospital treatment of children, ALS transport units only carry 87% of essential pediatric equipment and the emerging population of pediatric depressive and behavioral disorders are not addressed by current on-line and off-line medical direction. Both in number and in breadth the prehospital protocols and standing orders for adult and pediatric patients have grown over the past 5- 10 years. We need a comprehensive review of the pediatric specific protocols to ensure that they are clearly written and reflect the most current best practices in pediatric prehospital care. Also, there is an acute need to strengthen the Family Assistance Network as the minority population of Rhode Island continues to grow and outreach into these communities is crucial to ensure access to the EMS system and cultural barriers are addressed.

Project Title: Brown Leadership Education in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Grant Number: T77MC09797
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Address: Mail Stop Code:ALDRICH 317593 Eddy St Providence, RI 02903-4923
Project Director: Pamela C. High
Phone Number: (401) 444-5440
Email: phigh@lifespan.org

Project Description

The number of US children identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and with other developmental-behavioral challenges has increased dramatically over the past decade. Early experiences, gene-environment interactions and relationships determine children’s health, well-being and life-course trajectories. Medical leaders are needed who understand the impact of social, biological, ecological, psychological, and cultural factors on children and families and who are skilled in family-centered, culturally and linguistically competent practices to enhance care and inform policy.

Project Title: Rhode Island Quality Improvement Project: A Statewide Plan to Achieve Perinatal & Infant Oral Health

Grant Number: H47MC28477
Project Start Date: August 1, 2015
Project End Date: July 31, 2019
Address: 3 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908
Project Director: Sadie Decourcy
Phone Number: (401) 222-7743
Email: sadie.Decourcy@health.ri.gov

Project Description

Despite numerous clinical and dental recommendations, many pregnant women and infants do not seek or receive needed oral health care. In addition, some dental providers may not be comfortable or need additional training to provide care to these populations.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program

Grant Number: H61MC00009
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Address: 3 Capitol Hl RM 302 Providence, RI 02908-5034
Project Director: Blythe Berger
Phone Number: (401) 222-5949
Email: Blythe.Berger@health.ri.gov

Project Description

In 2014, 98.4% of infants were screened by one month of age in RI. However, RI still has significant work to do to meet the recommendation that infants who do not pass the newborn screen receive audiological evaluation by three months of age. In 2014, only 60.7 % of infants received audiological evaluation by 3 months of age, leaving nearly 40% of infants not receiving audiological evaluation at the earliest possible point and potentially delaying their entry into needed intervention services. RI also needs to make improvements in its EHDI system to ensure that children who have a confirmed hearing loss are enrolled in Early Intervention (EI) and other appropriate services, with documentation of enrollment, by six months of age. In 2014, only 37.9% of children with a documented hearing loss had documentation that they were enrolled in EI by 6 months of age. This means that these children were not enrolled in services that would support their speech and language development.

Project Title: RI Family to Family Health Information Center

Grant Number: H84MC08002
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Rhode Island Parent Information Network, Inc.
Address: 1210 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, RI 02920-4490
Project Director: Susan Donovan
Phone Number: (401) 270-0101
Email: donovan@ripin.org

Project Description

RI is facing numerous challenges for families with children and youth with special health care needs. The Governor’s budget continues to request cuts from programs that are already significantly underfunded and families and professionals are suffering. There are a growing number of children with significant medical and behavioral challenges that are not having their needs met due to the limited workforce available to serve them. The opioid epidemic has hit RI hard, and our children are directly impacted. There are not enough kinship and foster families to support the growing number of children with absentee parents. Behavioral health in home supports are critical for survival, but are significantly lacking. Peer support services, including Community Health Workers, are not being valued by providers and the diverse family voice is not always represented.

Project Title: Training CED/COR Pediatric and Child Psychiatry

Grant Number: T20MC30803
Project Start Date: July 1, 2017
Project End Date: June 30, 2022
Address: 70 Lower College Road, Research Office, Kingston, RI 02881-1967
Project Director: Ellen C. Flannery-Schroeder
Phone Number: (860) 501-5040
Email: efschroeder@uri.edu

Project Description

Washington County is a high needs federally designated Mental Health Shortage area (HRSA, 2017). As such, continuing education initiatives around the psychosocial and developmental aspects of child and adolescent health are much needed in order to increase use of community resources, connect primary care providers with providers in other specialty areas, and increase providers' knowledge in areas of developmental and behavioral health.

Project Title: Rhode Island Leadership Education in Developmental Disabilities

Grant Number: T73MC30121
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Address: 593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903
Project Director: Pamela C. High
Phone Number: (401) 444-5440
Email: phigh@lifespan.org

Project Description

To achieve the goal of enabling all children in RI to reach their full potential, RI child health professionals need leadership skills and expertise in culturally competent, family centered, interdisciplinary practices in a medical home. Until 2016, RI was one of the few states without a LEND program to deliver this kind of long term, graduate level interdisciplinary education, service and care.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020