Texas Discretionary Awards

Project Title: State Systems Development Initiative Grant Program - Tier 2

Grant Number: H18MC00048
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Address: PO BOX 149347 Austin, TX 78714-9347
Project Director: Christopher Webb
Phone Number: (512) 776-3216
Email: christopher.webb@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: Texas EMSC State Partnership

Grant Number: H33MC11305
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: Baylor College of Medicine
Address: Office of Research 1 Baylor Plz Houston, TX 77030-3411
Project Director: Brian Bassham
Phone Number: (713) 412-9232
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: Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Training

Grant Number: T79MC00023
Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2023
Organization: BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Address: 1 Baylor Plz, Houston, TX 77030-3411
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

Grant Number: H17MC29437
Project Start Date: March 1, 2016
Project End Date: February 28, 2021
Organization: BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Address: 1 Baylor Plz, Houston, TX 77030-3411
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 Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC29438
Project Start Date: March 1, 2016
Project End Date: February 28, 2021
Organization: HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Address: 4400  W 18th St., Houston, TX 77092-8501
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: Great Plains Regional Hemophilia Network

Grant Number: H30MC24051
Project Start Date: June 1, 2017
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON
Address: PO Box 20036  Houston, TX 77225-0036
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: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

Grant Number: H49MC00157
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: DALLAS COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT
Address: 5200 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235-7709
Project Director: Niccole McKinley
Phone Number: (214) 590-8787
Email: NICCOLE.MCKINLEY@phhs.org

Project Description

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

Project Title: Healthy Start Laredo

Grant Number: H49MC27813
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: BCFS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Address: 1506 Bexar Crossing St., San Antonio, TX 78232-1587
Project Director: Tammy Phillips
Phone Number: (210) 283-5184
Email: tammy.phillips@bcfs.net

Project Description

There is a significant disparity in healthcare services and reluctance or inability of residents to leave their colonias for perinatal care therefore the Healthy Start Laredo project will provide quality perinatal services via a mobile medical clinic.

Project Title: UNT Health Science Center Healthy Start Program

Grant Number: H49MC27834
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT FORT WORTH
Address: 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2644
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. In 2007-2009, the overall IMR was 6.6 per 1,000 live births. However, the non-Hispanic Black IMR was 11.9 compared to 5.4 per 1,000 live births for non-Hispanic. Despite community-wide programmatic successes and deliberative activities over this time period, persistent deficiencies in the perinatal health system and significant racial and ethnic perinatal disparities led UNT Health Science Center to pursue Healthy Start funding. Our project works to accomplish key perinatal health benchmarks through 1) outreach and education, 2) service integration and interagency coordination with medical, community and social services, 3) an evidence-based model of case management 4) leveraging local expertise and resources and 5) capitalizing on the commitment and demonstrated community capacity to strengthen the perinatal system of care.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program

Grant Number: H61MC26836
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: STATE HEALTH SERVICES, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 1100 W. 49th St., Austin, TX 78756-3101
Project Director: Eugenia Dunham
Phone Number: (512) 458-7111
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: Texas Parent to Parent Health Information Center

Grant Number: H84MC07993
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: Texas Parent to Parent
Address: 3710 Cedar Street, Box 12 Austin, TX 78705-1449
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: Project IMPAACT: Innovative Mentor Program for Achieving Autonomy and Competence in Transition

Grant Number: R40MC30764
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Address: 1 Baylor Plz # BCM310  Houston, TX 77030-3411
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: Certificate in MCH Public Health / Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas

Grant Number: T04MC12785
Project Start Date: June 1, 2014
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON
Address: PO BOX 20036 Houston, TX 77225-0036
Project Director: Courtney Byrd-Williams
Phone Number: (512) 391-2508
Email: Courtney.E.ByrdWilliams@uth.tmc.edu

Project Description

There is a need for public health training for working maternal and child health public health professionals in rural areas of HRSA Region VI as well as Northwestern/Upper Peninsula Michigan. These areas have large rural areas that experience disparities in health outcomes as well as access to services. These communities rely on public health professionals working in these underserved areas to provide the community with health services. Creating maternal and child health-specific training and educational opportunities for public health professionals in these areas is essential to health of these underserved communities.

Project Title: MCH Pipeline Training Program

Grant Number: T16MC29831
Project Start Date: June 1, 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 competencies using a blended curriculum that integrates novel technology-based learning methods (MCH lab) with traditional approaches for maximal impact.

Project Title: Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program

Grant Number: T76MC28441
Project Start Date: June 1, 2015
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM,THE
Address: 400 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S., STE 300 College Sta, TX 77845-4375
Project Director: Maria Perez-Patron
Phone Number: (979) 436-9490
Email: Maria.perez@tamu.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: The Mountain States Regional Genetics Network

Grant Number: UH7MC30776
Project Start Date: June 1, 2017
Project End Date: May 31, 2020
Organization: TEXAS HEALTH INSTITUTE
Address: 8501 N. Mopac Expy STE 170 Austin, TX 78759-8341
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.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020