South Carolina Discretionary Awards

Project Title: State Systems Development Initiative Grant Program

Grant Number: H18MC00045
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Address: 2600 Bull St Columbia, SC 29201-1708
Project Director: Kristen Shealy
Phone Number: (803) 898-2781
Email: shealykh@dhec.sc.gov

Project Description

There is a need in the state to expand South Carolina MCH data capacity to: Support Title V MCH program activities and to contribute to data-driven Decision making in MCH programs; Advance the development and use of linked information systems between key MCH datasets in South Carolina; and Support surveillance systems development to address data needs related to emerging MCH issues in the state.

Project Title: South Carolina EMS for Children Program

Grant Number: H33MC06719
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: SOUTH CAROLINA DEPT. OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
Address: 2600 Bull St Columbia, SC 29201-1708
Project Director: Richard Wisniewski
Phone Number: (803) 545-4866
Email: wisnierl@dhec.sc.gov

Project Description

When children become critically ill or injured, hospital emergency departments and EMS must adequately equipped and have the medical personnel on staff to provide quality care. This project seeks to ensure hospital emergency departments and EMS are capable of treating critically ill children.

Project Title: MUSC Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Training  Program

Grant Number: T77MC25730
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Address: 179 Ashley Ave, Charleston, SC 29425-8908
Project Director: Michelle M. Macias
Phone Number: (843) 876-1516
Email: maciasm@musc.edu

Project Description

Systemic weaknesses in South Carolina in providing integrated collaborative health care exist, that if addressed, could provide meaningful change for the state’s citizens. In particular, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), other developmental disabilities (DD), and behavioral/mental health problems (B/MHP) face significant gaps in services and support. SC and the surrounding region have a particular need to improve resources for early detection and intervention of ASD/DD and B/MHP as evidenced by our low national rankings on most aspects of developmental and B/MH, as well as overall well-being for children. For the past three reports, the Kids Count Data Book has ranked SC and neighbors in the bottom third for overall well-being for children. With few exceptions, all of the indicators to support these rankings have also been in the bottom third percentile (education, family and community, health, and economy). In 2017, SC ranked 39 for overall well-being for children.

Project Title: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

Grant Number: H49MC00062
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: SOUTH CAROLINA STATE OFFICE
Address: 107 Saluda Pointe Dr., Lexington, SC 29072-7296
Project Director: Virginia B. White
Phone Number: (803) 531-8008
Email: vwhite.fslc@scorh.net

Project Description

Low Country Healthy Start's service area encompasses 4 extremely rural counties (Allendale, Bamberg, Hampton, and Orangeburg) that are plagued with extreme poverty, low educational attainment of citizens, poor health and lifestyle, and very high unemployment.

Project Title: Palmetto Healthy Start

Grant Number: H49MC00072
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: PALMETTO HEALTH ALLIANCE
Address: PO BOX 2266 Columbia, SC 29202-2266
Project Director: Kimberly R. Alston
Phone Number: (803) 296-3780
Email: Kimberly.Alston@prismahealth.org

Project Description

Infant mortality rate and LBW rate  among African Americans in Lexington and Sumter counties, SC were higher than average rates in the counties and nationwide. No community-wide coordinated care for pregnant women in the target areas is available.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00040
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Address: 2600 Bull St. Columbia, SC 29201-1708
Project Director: Tara Carroll
Phone Number: (803) 898-0708
Email: carroltp@dhec.sc.gov

Project Description

South Carolina has approximately 54,000 births annually. Collected data shows that First Sound, South Carolina’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program, screens approximately 97% of these births annually prior to hospital discharge. The incidence rate of congenital confirmed hearing loss for 2017 is 2.15 per 1000 births showing a steady improvement from previous years. First Sound saw a 25% lost to followup/documentation rate for 2017 which occurs at all steps of the process. Contributing factors include but are not limited to: access to care, particularly those on Medicaid; provider reporting compliance, lack of awareness for the critical need for follow-up, and difficulty connecting parents with a hearing loss-specific parent support network.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC12895
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc.
Address: 2712 Middleburg Dr., STE 103B Columbia, SC 29204-2415
Project Director: Tracie Hayward
Phone Number: (803) 252-0914
Email: thayward@familyconnectionsc.org

Project Description

Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc. (FCSC) seeks to provide SC families of CYSHCN a center that builds on best practices and the experience of being the only Family to Family Health Information Center in SC (SC F2F HIC). According the new National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), 20.2% of SC children have a special health care need (2016). Of the 24% of S. C. children living in poverty, 33% are CYSHCN. Forty-nine point eight percent (49.8%) of families of CYSHCN report that they lack coordinated, ongoing, and comprehensive care within a medical home, and only 13.9% of families report that they receive care in a well functioning system. Only 15.5% of SC families report receiving services necessary for their youth to successfully transition to an adult healthcare system, leaving the majority of families in our state not understanding how to access, or negotiate, the adult healthcare system. (NCHS, 2016).

Project Title: South Carolina-  Collaborative Office Rounds (SC-COR)

Grant Number: T20MC30802
Project Start Date: July 1, 2017
Project End Date: June 30, 2022
Organization: MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Address: 179 Ashley Ave., Charleston, SC 29425-5120
Project Director: Jennifer Poon
Phone Number: (843) 792-5970
Email: poon@musc.edu

Project Description

There is an increasing number of children and youth needing behavioral/mental health and developmental services and an insufficient number of places to send them. Pediatricians need more education and encouragement to treat these conditions, as there will never be enough behavioral/mental health specialists to fulfill the need. Screening for these problems allows practitioners to provide assessment, intervention, and treatment before minor issues become major ones.

Project Title: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program

Grant Number: T73MC22233
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Address: 171 Ashley Ave # MSC808 Charleston, SC 29425-8908
Project Director: Michelle M. Macias
Phone Number: (843) 876-1516
Email: maciasm@musc.edu

Project Description

Severe disparities exits in South Carolina for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities (DD) and their families.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020