Tennessee Discretionary Awards

Project Title: State Systems Development Initiative - Tennessee

Grant Number: H18MC00047
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: Fiscal Services, Andrew Johnson Building 710  James Robertson Pkwy FL 10 Nashville, TN 37219-1527
Project Director: Morgan McDonald
Phone Number: (615) 532-8672
Email: morgan.mcdonald@tn.gov

Project Description

The purpose of this project is to develop, enhance, and expand state maternal and child health data capacity, enabling data informed Decisions to be made that will impact the health of the maternal and child population in Tennessee.

Project Title: Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) State Partnership Grant Program

Grant Number: H33MC31540
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Address: 3319 West End Ave STE 970 Nashville, TN 37203-6856
Project Director: Cristina Estrada
Phone Number: (615) 936-4450
Email: cristina.estrada@Vanderbilt.Edu

Project Description

TN EMSC has primarily been focused on EMSC institutionalization and improvement to the quality and availability of emergency care for the pediatric population. Although Tennessee has seen significant advances in pediatric emergency care, grant funding is needed to continue to meet the goal of each performance measure and to permanently incorporate and sustain EMSC within the state.

Project Title: ReadNPlay for a Bright Future in Appalachian Tennessee

Grant Number: H17MC28296
Project Start Date: March 1, 2015
Project End Date: February 29 2020
Address: 1276 Gilbreath Dr., Johnson City, TN 37614-6503
Project Director: Karen Schetzina
Phone Number: (423) 439-6222
Email: schetzin@etsu.edu

Project Description

The problems that we are addressing with this project include unhealthy eating, inactive lifestyles, lack of reading, and unsafe environments/practices influenced by parent/caregiver knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions. In addition, we are addressing communication barriers and lack of resources in the primary care setting for addressing these topics. Finally, we are addressing the lack of community resources and opportunities for families with young children to learn about raising healthy child and experience peer support.

Project Title: Healthy Start

Grant Number: H49MC27830
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Address: 1101 6th Ave N., Nashville, TN 37208-2650
Project Director: Rachel Hanson
Phone Number: (931) 306-8227
Email: Rachel.Hanson@centerstone.org

Project Description

HSTN’s target area 2013-15 infant mortality rate (IMR) is 9.3, well above the U.S. rate (5.9) (TDOH, 2015-2017; CDC WONDER, 2018). IMR is affected by health care access, nutrition, housing, environment, etc. and is impacted by women’s health, before, during, and after pregnancy. IMR is linked to the child’s wellbeing in the first year and the family’s experiences during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Racial/ ethnic minorities experience disparities in IMR, with children of non-Hispanic black women at twice the risk of those of non-Hispanic white women. Preterm births (PTB) account for up to 75% of this gap, with risk factors (e.g., maternal smoking, poor nutrition, poverty, stress, poor social support) disproportionately affecting minorities and other disadvantaged groups (HHS, 2013; MacDorman & Mathews, 2011).

Project Title: Tennessee Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Follow Up Program

Grant Number: H61MC00066
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Address: Fiscal Services, Andrew Johnson Building 710  James Robertson Pkwy FL 10 Nashville, TN 37219-1527
Project Director: Sean Goad
Phone Number: (615) 291-5914
Email: sean.goad@tn.gov

Project Description

Each year between 80,000 - 90,000 infants are born in Tennessee hospitals, birthing centers and private residences. 94-98% of babies born in the state received newborn hearing screening in 2008- 2015. Among those not screened in 2015, roughly 1,500 infants or 22% expired shortly after birth and another 10% parents' refused hearing tests. Based on state rates of hearing loss, TDH expected 2 infants to have hearing loss among those not screened in 2015. On average about 80 infants were identified with permanent hearing loss each year from 2008 to 2015. The rate of referral to Part C intervention (i.e., Tennessee Early Intervention System housed in the Department of Education) increased from 45% in 2008 to 85% in 2015. In earlier years the referral rate in Tennessee was lower than the national average, which was around middle 80%, and it improved in recent years. In 2015, 62.6% of infants with a confirmed hearing loss were enrolled in Part C. Variations in enrollment continue.

Project Title: Hlth Care Information and Education for Families of Children OFW/Special Hlth Care N

Grant Number: H84MC00004
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Address: 955  Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206-3753
Project Director: Kara Adams
Phone Number: (615) 515-8634
Email: kara_a@tndisability.org

Project Description

The identified needs focus on: 10 access to a medical home for CYSHCN and their families, 2) underserved and/or under-resourced CYSHCN and their families' knowledge of medical home and systems of care and 3) collaborative Decision- making between CYSHN/their families and health care professionals. This proposal will continue to build the TN F2F Health Information System. The goals: 1) increase the knowledge and skills of families of CYSHCN to successfully navigate the health system with an emphasis on those who are underserved, under resourced, under represented; 2) increase family engagement in health systems and 3) increase collaboration with healthcare professionals.

Project Title: Boling Center for DD-UAP

Grant Number: T73MC00038
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Address: Mail Stop Code:OFFICE OF RESEARCHUNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE 1534  White Ave Knoxville, TN 37996-4509
Project Director: Toni M. Whitaker
Phone Number: (901) 448-6512
Email: twhitak1@uthsc.edu

Project Description

The Universal Goal of this LEND project is to improve the health of infants, children and adolescents with, or at risk for, neurodevelopmental and related disabilities (NDD), with special attention to autism spectrum disorders (ASD), through preparation of graduate level trainees, enhancing skills of practicing professionals and empowering families. Trainees are prepared to command leadership roles and to increase the capacity of communities to evaluate, diagnose and treat children with NDD/ASD and support their families. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) are in a region, state and community where problems facing children, including those with NDD and other special healthcare needs, are especially pronounced.

Project Title: Vanderbilt Consortium LEND

Grant Number: T73MC30767
Project Start Date: April 30, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Address: 2200  Childrens Way, Nashville, TN 37232-0005
Project Director: Evon B. Lee
Phone Number: (615) 322-4487
Email: evon.lee@vumc.org

Project Description

The purpose of the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND (VCL) is to train trainees from a variety of disciplines to prepare them to assume leadership roles in the field of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, and to provide culturally sensitive, patient- and family-centered, interdisciplinary care to individuals with ASD/NDD. An insufficient number of health professionals are being adequately trained to provide culturally sensitive, family-centered, interdisciplinary care to children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), especially ASD/NDD. The Vanderbilt Consortium LEND seeks to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have or are at risk for developing neurodevelopmental and related disorders by preparing trainees from a variety of disciplines to assume leadership roles and to ensure high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence in a culturally diverse workforce.

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Education and Training Program

Grant Number: T79MC09805
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: The University of Tennessee
Address: 1534 White Ave., Knoxville, TN 37996-4509
Project Director: Marsha L. Spence
Phone Number: (865) 974-6265
Email: mspence@utk.edu

Project Description

To improve health equity and outcomes of MCH populations, MCH public health nutritionists and community-based registered dietitian/nutritionists (RDNs) must be highly skilled in public health perspectives and methodologies, interdisciplinary collaboration, family-centered approaches, and as leaders in their fields. Graduate-level public health nutrition education and training, technical assistance (TA) and collaboration with State Title V programs and other MCH-related agencies, and continuing education (CE) for workforce development are needed to improve the health of MCH populations. The Program prepares graduate-level RDNs for MCH-focused leadership positions at local, state, and national health agencies, community-based organizations, and academic institutions. Through an integrated MCH curriculum and community-based field experiences, trainees develop didactic knowledge and practice skills in public health nutrition, nutrition science, and public health.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020