Texas Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC00101
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: SAN ANTONIO CITY DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
Address: W Commerce St San Antonio TX 78205
Project Director: Kori Marie Eberle
Phone Number: (801) 920-1843
Email: kori.eberle@sanantonio.gov

Project Description

Metro Health’s Healthy Start program seeks to reduce health disparities in infant and maternal mortality and improve birth outcomes in Bexar County. Families in the 12 zip code service area for the project live with extreme poverty, unemployment, low-educational levels, and limited health resources with significant cultural and logistical barriers to accessing healthcare and social services. African American (AA) and Hispanic populations within the project area exceed the qualifying IMR for the qualifying period, with rates of 15.8 and 9 respectively. Metro Health aims to reduce the incidence of morbidity, mortality, prematurity and low birth weight births among African American and Hispanic populations experiencing these disparities. Metro Health will improve women’s health, promote whole family wellness, and promote systems change to support maternal-child health equity locally, statewide and nationally.

Project Title: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC27813
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: BCFS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Address: Bexar Crossing St San Antonio TX 78232
Project Director: Tammy Phillips
Phone Number: (210) 283-5184
Email: tammy.phillips@bcfs.net

Project Description

BCFS Healthy Start Tyler's mission is to combat Maternal Mortality & Morbidity (MMM) and Infant Mortality in the the zip codes of 75702 and 75708. The program uses a Community Health Based approach to deliver both clinical and non clinical services. Participants of Healthy Start Tyler will receive care via the Mobile Medical Unit, in which case managers will be able to provide transportation to and from medical services.

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

Grant Number: X10MC33611
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: Family & Protective Services, Texas Department of
Address: AUSTIN TX 78714
Project Director: Jenny Baldwin
Phone Number: (512) 552-1424
Email: Jenny.Baldwin@dfps.state.tx.us

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: Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program

Grant Number: T76MC28441
Project Start Date: June 01, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM,THE
Address: Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S College Sta TX 77845
Project Director: Maria Perez-Patron
Phone Number: (979) 436-9490
Email: perez-patron@sph.tamhsc.edu

Project Description

The current public health needs of Texas include increasing the MCH public health workforce.The purpose of this program is to create an interdisciplinary program in MCH that will offer educational and training opportunities for students to address the MCH needs of Texas and the nation.

Project Title: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC00157
Project Start Date: July 01, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: DALLAS COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT
Address: Harry Hines Blvd Dallas TX 75235
Project Director: Karla Shaw
Phone Number: (214) 590-1167
Email: Karla.Shaw@phhs.org

Project Description

Infant mortality rates for Dallas County demonstrates disparities between racial groups particularly African-Americans. DHS proposes to implement strategies to eliminate racial disparities in birth outcomes in the focus population by decreasing preterm/low birth weight births and infant deaths.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC11305
Project Start Date: March 01, 2009
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Baylor College of Medicine
Address: Baylor Plz Houston TX 77030
Project Director: Brian S Bassham
Phone Number: (559) 760-5293
Email: bsbassha@texaschildrens.org

Project Description

Recent assessments of Texas EMS agencies and hospital emergency departments indicate persistent gaps in pediatric emergency care as described by the Institute of Medicine. Deficiencies remain in pediatric equipment on ambulances, access to online pediatric medical direction, evidence-based pediatric protocols, and training. Hospital transfer guidelines and agreements are lacking and overall emergency department pediatric readiness is unknown. This project will address these gaps through stakeholder developed, data driven quality improvement programs guided by the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Performance Measures and quality outcomes.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00048
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Address: Austin TX 78714
Project Director: Natalie Archer
Phone Number: (512) 776-2870
Email: natalie.archer@dshs.state.tx.us

Project Description

The purpose of the State Systems Development Initiative Grant (SSDI) in Texas (Tier 2) is to complement the Title V MCH Block Grant through the objectives and activities supporting three specific goals. The first goal is to build and expand state MCH data capacity to support the Title V MCH Block Grant program activities and contribute to data-driven decision making in MCH programs, including assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The second goal is to advance the development and utilization of linked information systems between key MCH datasets in Texas. The third goal is to support surveillance systems development to address data needs related to emerging MCH issues in Texas.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC07993
Project Start Date: June 01, 2007
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Texas Parent to Parent
Address: Cedar Street, Box 12 Austin TX 78705
Project Director: Laura J Warren
Phone Number: (512) 458-8600
Email: Laura@txp2p.org

Project Description

Texas is a very large state with diverse geographic, socioeconomic, educational, cultural, and service delivery areas. Texas ranks near the bottom of states for funding of home- and community-based services, entitlement expenditures per capita, and insurance enrollment for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). The service delivery system is so cumbersome that many parents of CYSHCN are either unaware of existing services or cannot figure out how or where to apply. For families with language and cultural barriers, finding the care their child needs can be particularly difficult and stressful. Less than half of Texas families with CYSHCN have a personal doctor or receive care within a Medical Home. Texas also has very few advisory committees for the service programs that include parents of CYSHCN.

Project Title: MCH Pipeline Training Program

Grant Number: T16MC29831
Project Start Date: June 01, 2016
Project End Date: May 31, 2021
Organization: BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Address: One Baylor Plaza,MS: BCM310 Houston TX 77030
Project Director: Hamisu M Salihu
Phone Number: (713) 798-7646
Email: Hamisu.Salihu@bcm.edu

Project Description

to educate, train and mentor underrepresented minority students in MCH Leadership core competences using a blended curriculum that integrates novel technology-based learning methods (MCH lab) with traditional approaches for maximal impact.

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

Grant Number: T73MC22236
Project Start Date: July 01, 2011
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON
Address: Houston TX 77225
Project Director: Pauline A Filipek
Phone Number: (713) 500-3637
Email: Pauline.A.FIlipek@uth.tmc.edu

Project Description

Texas ranks in the bottom quintile in most statistics about its provision of services to children with autistic spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disabilities (ASD/DD).

Project Title: EMSC Targeted Issue Grants

Grant Number: H34MC33244
Project Start Date: September 01, 2019
Project End Date: August 31, 2023
Organization: University Of Texas At Austin
Address: 3925 W Braker Ln Ste 3 # 340 Austin TX 78759
Project Director: Katherine E Remick
Phone Number: (512) 393-1496
Email: kate.remick@gmail.com

Project Description

The majority (83%) of children seek care in non-pediatric specialty emergency departments (ED). On average EDs see less than 15 pediatric patients a day and less than 50% report a quality improvement (QI) process for pediatric patients. Results from the National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP) demonstrated over 80% of EDs want to provide high quality pediatric care. To date, hospital licensing and accreditation requirements lack pediatric-specific standards. A joint policy statement exists to guide EDs on Pediatric Readiness. Yet, a high degree of variability exists in pediatric emergency care and readiness has not been linked to quality/outcomes. Less than 50% of EDs currently perform QI activities to assess pediatric emergency care delivery making it difficult to understand the impact of pediatric readiness on health outcomes. A national QI data registry will help EDs implement standard quality measures for pediatric emergency care delivery and provide benchmarking capabilities.

Project Title: Regional Genetics Networks

Grant Number: UH7MC30776
Project Start Date: June 01, 2017
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: TEXAS HEALTH INSTITUTE
Address: N Mopac Expy Austin TX 78759
Project Director: Ankit Sanghavi, BDS, MPH
Phone Number: (515) 279-3910
Email: asanghavi@texashealthinstitute.org

Project Description

The Mountain States region (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming) is challenged to deliver genetic services to underserved populations, many of whom are culturally and linguistically distinct from the majority population. State teams in all 8 states have been conducting projects tailored to fulfill the Region’s mission to improve access to genetic services targeting their underserved populations as described throughout this report. The Mountain States Region website has been utilized as a point of access to information for individuals and families, communication among state teams and across to region to disseminate tools including a developmental delay algorithm, educational materials, archived Facebook Live events and clinical grand rounds presentations.

Project Title: National EMSC Resource Center

Grant Number: U07MC29829
Project Start Date: July 01, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2020
Organization: BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Address: Baylor Plz Houston TX 77030
Project Director: Charles G Macias
Phone Number: (832) 824-5416
Email: cgmacias@texaschildrenshospital.org

Project Description

Our Mission is to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity resulting from severe illness or trauma. The EIIC focuses on accelerating improvements in quality of care and outcomes for children who are in need of urgent or emergency care through an infrastructure that ensures routine, integrated coordination of quality improvement activities between key stakeholder organizations and their champions. Through its efforts, the EIIC hopes to demonstrate how leveraging quality improvement science, the experiential knowledge at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and the expertise of multiple professional societies and federal organizations, can improve and transform health care outcomes for children in the United States.

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Field-Initiated Research Program

Grant Number: R40MC30764
Project Start Date: April 01, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Address: Baylor Plz # BCM310 Houston TX 77030
Project Director: Constance M Wiemann
Phone Number: (832) 822-0601
Email: cwiemann@bcm.edu

Project Description

As a result of advances in medical treatments, 90% of U.S. children with chronic illness now survive childhood and 750,000 youth with special health care needs transition to adulthood annually. However, as the complexity of the condition increases, transition to adult health care becomes more problematic, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality. Rigorous research on interventions to promote successful transfer to adult-based care is lacking.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC26836
Project Start Date: April 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: STATE HEALTH SERVICES, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF
Address: W 49th St Austin TX 78756
Project Director: Eugenia Dunham
Phone Number: (512) 458-7111 Extn-3455
Email: eugenia.dunham@dshs.state.tx.us

Project Description

Infants who are deaf or hard of hearing are negatively impacted if left undetected and do not receive timely intervention services. These children often have a delay in language and communication options. Their academic achievement and social/emotional development are also affected. Many factors contribute to missed point-of-care appointments and/or lack of documentation when services are provided that cause loss to follow-up and loss to documentation (LTF/LTD) for these infants.

Project Title: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC29438
Project Start Date: March 01, 2016
Project End Date: February 28, 2021
Organization: HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Address: W 18th St Houston TX 77092
Project Director: Gwendolyn A Johnson
Phone Number: (713) 556-7280
Email: gjohns10@houstonisd.org

Project Description

The Partnering for Early Access for Success (PEAS) project targets early childhood students in the three Houston communities with one of the highest rates for both child and adult obesity and overweight, as well as high levels of poverty and lack of access to health care. This project provides an opportunity to examine best practices and partnerships to minimize impact of the social determinants of health, identified by CDC, by improving access to care, increasing physical activity, and improving awareness of proper nutrition while also incorporating school readiness strategies. Community partnerships are a key component of this program.

Project Title: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC27834
Project Start Date: September 01, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT FORT WORTH
Address: Camp Bowie Blvd Fort Worth TX 76107
Project Director: Amy Raines-Milenkov
Phone Number: (817) 735-0109
Email: amy.raines@unthsc.edu

Project Description

For most of the past two decades, Tarrant County has held the unfortunate distinction of having the highest infant mortality rate (IMR) among Texas counties with the same number of births. In 2015, the overall IMR rates was 6.7 per 1,000 live births. However, the non-Hispanic Black IMR was 9.59 compared to 4.34 per 1,000 live births for non-Hispanic White.

Project Title: Hemophilia Treatment Centers (SPRANS)

Grant Number: H30MC24051
Project Start Date: June 01, 2012
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON
Address: PO Box 20036 Houston TX 77225
Project Director: Dr. Deborah Brown
Phone Number: (713) 500-8360
Email: deborah.brown@uth.tmc.edu

Project Description

Provision of comprehensive care to individuals with hemophilia and other bleeding and clotting disorders.

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Training Program

Grant Number: T79MC00023
Project Start Date: September 23, 2000
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Address: Baylor Plz Houston TX 77030
Project Director: Diane Anderson
Phone Number: (832) 826-1346
Email: dianea@bcm.edu

Project Description

The purpose is to train the Maternal Child Health (MCH) workforce to be leaders in public health nutrition with the opportunity to specialize in the unique management of medical high-risk infants. Emerging leaders must be trained to take leadership roles to ensure that the MCH population received the best nutrition for optimal outcomes.

Project Title: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC29437
Project Start Date: March 01, 2016
Project End Date: February 28, 2021
Organization: BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Address: Baylor Plz Houston TX 77030
Project Director: Cynthia Peacock
Phone Number: (713) 798-0224
Email: cpeacock@bcm.edu

Project Description

Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) are living longer, however the patients and their families often cannot find adult health care system providers who can or are willing to care for them. The patients’ conditions are complex and often complicated by a variety of socioeconomic circumstances. Consequently, compared with patients who do not have special needs, CYSHCN require more clinical and administrative time, including telephonic care coordination outside the clinic visit. Most health care providers do not have the training, experience, or time to care adequately for these patients. Consequently, pediatric and especially adult care providers usually do not know what CYSHCN need to transition from pediatric to adult care in a way that provides maximum access and quality of care. CYSHCN also require regular access to specialists in order to avoid frequent emergency room visits and hospitalizations that might be avoided with better care coordination.

Project Title: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC32728
Project Start Date: April 01, 2019
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYSTEM
Address: 4302 University Drive Room 316 Ezekiel W Cullen Building Houston TX 77204
Project Director: McClain Sampson
Phone Number: (713) 743-6719
Email: mmsampson@uh.edu

Project Description

The purpose of the Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) Healthy Start (HS) Initiative is to provide community-based, family-centered, comprehensive perinatal services to women, their partners, teenagers, infants and their families residing in targeted communities of Houston (Texas). In an effort to reduce significant disparities in perinatal health and empower these communities to address the factors contributing to perinatal mortality and morbidity, the GCSW HS Initiative will apply a life-course approach to promote preconception care, early prenatal care, longer interconception periods, fatherhood involvement, and risk reduction behaviors in tandem with Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s (MCHB) goals, and the HRSA strategic plan to address specific objectives as identified in the Healthy People 2020.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020