Rhode Island Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Training CED/COR Pediatric and Child Psychiatry

Grant Number: T20MC30803
Project Start Date: July 01, 2017
Project End Date: June 30, 2022
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
Address: 70 Lower College Road,Research Office Kingston RI 02881
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: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00044
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: STATE OF RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: Capitol Hl Providence RI 02908
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: Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders Program

Grant Number: UK3MC32244
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: September 29, 2023
Organization: HEALTH, RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 3 Capitol Hl Providence RI 02908
Project Director: Jaime Comella
Phone Number: (401) 222-7529
Email: jaime.comella@health.ri.gov

Project Description

In RI, like the rest of the nation, perinatal behavioral health conditions are common yet, under recognized and undertreated. According to RI PRAMS 2016-2018 data, 14% of pregnant women and 13% of postpartum women reported experiencing depression. Although RI is fortunate to have strong and innovative specialized perinatal mental health programs, not all women in need of care access these services, especially in rural and underserved communities. Among those RI women reporting having depression during pregnancy, 66% reported not taking prescription medicine, and 50% reported never receiving any counseling. To address these gaps, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) partnered with Women & Infants Hospital (WIH) to launch the RI Maternal Psychiatry Resource Network (RI MomsPRN), which offers statewide psychiatric teleconsultation services, quality improvement coaching for contracted prenatal care practices, and continuing education opportunities.

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

Grant Number: X10MC33607
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: HEALTH, RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 3 Capitol Hl Providence RI 02908
Project Director: Kristine L Campagna
Phone Number: (401) 222-5927
Email: kristine.campagna@health.ri.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.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00009
Project Start Date: April 01, 2000
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: STATE OF RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: Capitol Hl Providence RI 02908
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: Newborn Screening State Evaluation Program

Grant Number: E16MC33250
Project Start Date: September 01, 2019
Project End Date: August 31, 2021
Organization: HEALTH, RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 3 Capitol Hl Providence RI 02908
Project Director: Blythe Berger
Phone Number: (401) 222-1583
Email: blythe.berger@health.ri.gov

Project Description

The purpose of this program is to evaluate the effectiveness of newborn screening programs in reducing the morbidity and mortality caused by heritable disorders in newborns and children by assessing the timeliness of screening, follow up, and referral to counseling or health care services. The program will support state newborn screening programs in the implementation of a demonstration program to use newborn screening quality indicator information to evaluate the effectiveness of their state newborn screening system.

Project Title: Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)

Grant Number: U03MC33155
Project Start Date: September 01, 2019
Project End Date: August 31, 2023
Organization: RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL
Address: 1 Hoppin St Ofc Of Providence RI 02903
Project Director: Thomas Chun
Phone Number: (401) 444-6680
Email: thomas_chun@brown.edu

Project Description

The gaps in knowledge & challenges of high quality Emergency Medical Services for Children research include: 1) the low incidence of many pediatric emergencies; 2) the dearth of pre-hospital studies; 3) the need for rigorous research methods, a highly productive and collaborative research infrastructure, and robust clinical data capture with linkage to patient outcomes; and 4) the translation, implementation and wide dissemination of research findings across the spectrum of emergency providers and settings, each with unique needs and challenges.

Project Title: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program

Grant Number: T77MC09797
Project Start Date: July 01, 2008
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL
Address: Eddy St Providence RI 02903
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: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC07875
Project Start Date: March 01, 2007
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Rhode Island Department of Health
Address: Capitol Hl Providence RI 02908
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: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program

Grant Number: T73MC30121
Project Start Date: July 01, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL
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.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC08002
Project Start Date: June 01, 2007
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Rhode Island Parent Information Network, Inc.
Address: Pontiac Avenue Cranston RI 02920
Project Director: Deborah Masland
Phone Number: (401) 270-0101 Extn-113
Email: masland@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: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

Grant Number: U4CMC32319
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: September 29, 2023
Organization: HEALTH, RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 3 Capitol Hl Providence RI 02908
Project Director: Blythe Berger
Phone Number: (401) 222-5949
Email: blythe.berger@health.ri.gov

Project Description

Similar to the rest of the nation, Rhode Island children and adolescents face significant challenges in accessing timely and affordable mental health care. Approximately one in five Rhode Island children ages six to 17 has a diagnosable mental health problem, and one in ten has a significant functional impairment. Access to psychiatric consultation, referral, and care coordination remains challenging because of lack of child mental health providers, insurance barriers, geography, and the availability of outpatient/ambulatory services. In response to this significant need, the state of Rhode Island developed the Rhode Island Pediatric Psychiatry Resource Network (PediPRN) a state-wide clinical psychiatric consultation service.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020