Virginia Discretionary Awards

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

Grant Number: X10MC33615
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: HEALTH, VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF
Address: Governor St Richmond VA 23219
Project Director: Liz Garrison
Phone Number: (804) 864-7424
Email: andelicia.neville@vdh.virginia.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: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

Grant Number: U4CMC32320
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: September 29, 2023
Organization: HEALTH, VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF
Address: 109 Governor St Richmond VA 23219
Project Director: Bethany Geldmaker
Phone Number: (804) 864-7687
Email: bethany.geldmaker@vdh.virginia.gov

Project Description

Virginia ranks 47th lowest in the country for mental health care for children under 18 years of age. A survey of middle and high school students in our state showed that 1 in 5 females and 1 in 10 males in our state have seriously contemplated suicide in the past twelve months. Virginia has a shortage of all mental health providers, ranking 42nd lowest in the country for the number of mental health providers. The Virginia Mental Health Access Program (VMAP) will help close the gap in care for the children and adolescents in our state who are suffering without access to mental health services.

Project Title: Training CED/COR Pediatric and Child Psychiatry

Grant Number: T20MC32714
Project Start Date: July 01, 2018
Project End Date: June 30, 2022
Organization: RECTOR & VISITORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Address: UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA P.O. BOX 400195 CHARLOTTESVILLE VA 22904
Project Director: Beth Ellen Davis
Phone Number: (434) 924-8184
Email: bed9kr@virginia.edu

Project Description

Community-based primary care providers (PCPs) lack knowledge and skills to address pediatric mental/behavioral conditions. Training and collaboration is needed to enhance local PCPs capacity for assessment, management, referral and access to resources of psychosocial variations, problems or disorders in children and youth.

Project Title: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC31608
Project Start Date: March 01, 2018
Project End Date: February 28, 2023
Organization: CHILD HEALTH INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP
Address: Third Street, Roanoke VA 24016
Project Director: Robin Haldiman
Phone Number: (540) 857-6993 Extn-134
Email: Robin.Haldiman@chiprv.org

Project Description

There is a cascading effect to the health and development of both adults and children when compromised behavioral health is not addressed in a timely manner. For low-income adults, the condition of poverty further accentuates these conditions which often directly affect their children. According to a recent Gallup survey, 30.9% of people living below the poverty level have been diagnosed with depression, while only 15% of the general population has received the same diagnosis. This disparity between classes is much higher than that found in asthma (17.1% for those in poverty and 11.0% for the general population) and obesity (31.8% and 26.0% respectively). Additionally, more low-income mothers with young children experience severe depression than higher income mothers with young children, while all CHIP children are at risk of developing emotional problems and suffering from toxic stress.

Project Title: Supporting Maternal and Child Health Innovation in States

Grant Number: U1XMC31657
Project Start Date: May 01, 2018
Project End Date: April 30, 2023
Organization: ASSOCIATION OF STATE AND TERRITORIAL HEALTH OFFICIALS, THE
Address: CRYSTAL DR STE 450 ARLINGTON VA 22202
Project Director: christine mackie
Phone Number: (571) 527-3145
Email: cmackie@astho.org

Project Description

Substance misuse and addition and co-occurring mental health issues are a growing public health problem in the United States, with 12.5 million people misusing or abusing prescription opioids in 2015.Women experiencing substance misuse and addiction and mental health issues face additional challenges throughout the lifespan.

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

Grant Number: T73MC00040
Project Start Date: July 01, 1997
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
Address: Richmond VA 23298
Project Director: Jennifer Accardo
Phone Number: (804) 827-2100
Email: accardoja@gmail.com

Project Description

In Virginia, it is estimated that at least 296,668 children have special health care needs requiring a complex array of services and supports. Va-LEND addresses the needs of these children by preparing the next generation of leaders in health care and related disciplines to: 1) be experts in interdisciplinary, family-centered, evidence-based approaches; 2) apply the life course model as a framework to better understand health disparities; and 3) have the skills to provide leadership in effecting systems change in health care. During the first 20 years of Va-LEND, training was limited to individuals who were enrolled in graduate programs or who were practicing community professionals in the Richmond area. Since 2016, Va-LEND has offered training around the state and to a wider array of trainee categories, including family members and people with disabilities.

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

Grant Number: H49MC32734
Project Start Date: April 01, 2019
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: URBAN STRATEGIES LLC
Address: PO BOX 41408 Arlington VA 22204
Project Director: MATTHEW W RUECKERT
Phone Number: (301) 788-3356
Email: mrueckert@urbanstrategies.us

Project Description

The purpose of the Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities at Center-South Corridor (Comienzo Saludable) is to reduce the health disparities in maternal, infant and child health through the improvement of women's health, family health and wellness and the promotion of systems change in Puerto Rico. This program is designed to increase access, strengthen social and familial supports and create a supportive culture for pregnant women, parenting families, and their children. Comienzo Saludable will implement comprehensive evidenced based 1) core services including home visiting, care coordination, parenting education, support for all family members, health education, and health workforce capacity building, 2) specialized services (doula, support, mental health, substance use, gender/partner violence) and, 3)supportive services (transportation, vaccination, and other social services referrals).

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00052
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: VIRGINIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: Governor St Richmond VA 23219
Project Director: Meagan Robinson
Phone Number: (804) 864-7745
Email: meagan.robinson@vdh.virginia.gov

Project Description

The purpose of Virginia SSDI is to develop, enhance and expand Virginia's Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) data capacity to allow for informed decision making and resource allocation that supports effective, efficient and quality programming for women, infants, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs.

Project Title: State Grants for ASD Services for Children & Youth

Grant Number: H6MMC33233
Project Start Date: September 01, 2019
Project End Date: August 31, 2023
Organization: RECTOR & VISITORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Address: PO BOX 400195 Charlottesville VA 22904
Project Director: Judy Mallory
Phone Number: (434) 924-4270
Email: mm5gt@virginia.edu

Project Description

Due to provider shortages, uneven resource distribution, and fragmented systems of care, children with/at risk for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD) in Virginia, particularly those from underserved areas, face significant barriers in accessing early screening, diagnosis, intervention, and coordinated and family-centered care. The purpose of VA-LINKS is to address the needs of underserved children with/at risk for ASD/DD in Virginia by increasing access to evidence-based, comprehensive, coordinated, culturally-competent, and family-centered care.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC00046
Project Start Date: March 31, 2001
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: VIRGINIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: Governor St Richmond VA 23219
Project Director: Jennifer Macdonald
Phone Number: (804) 864-7729
Email: jennifer.macdonald@vdh.virginia.gov

Project Description

The Virginia Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (VA EHDI) has made improvements in screening, the age of diagnosis and the number of referrals to early intervention, but recognizes the value of further analysis and improvement in the gaps within the follow-up process. In 2014, only 23 percent of children diagnosed with permanent hearing loss were enrolled in early intervention services by 6 months. The two most rural areas in VA, the Blue Ridge and Southwest regions, have loss to follow-up rates greater than the state average of 17.4 percent. Despite the improvement in timeliness of follow-up and the increased number of children diagnosed with hearing loss, VA’s rate of identification of hearing loss remains lower than the national average. Project goals include increasing health professionals’ engagement with and knowledge of the EHDI system, improving access to early intervention services, and increasing family engagement, partnership and leadership within VA EHDI.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC07871
Project Start Date: March 01, 2007
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: VIRGINIA STATE DEPT OF HEALTH
Address: Governor St Richmond VA 23219
Project Director: David P Edwards MBA
Phone Number: (804) 888-9100 Extn-9144
Email: david.edwards@vdh.virginia.gov

Project Description

Make progress toward achieving national EMSC program objectives in Virginia (which already align with national targets for EMSC performance measures). 2. Facilitate improvement in the pediatric readiness, capacity, coordination and delivery of quality pediatric emergency care within Virginia EMS agencies and hospitals. 3. Participate in national Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes. 4. Facilitate integration of pediatric components into the fabric of emergency management and preparedness in Virginia. 5. Continue to integrate permanence of EMSC priorities into the Virginia EMS system.

Project Title: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC32711
Project Start Date: March 01, 2019
Project End Date: February 29, 2024
Organization: People Incorporated of Virginia
Address: 1173 W Main St Abingdon VA 24210
Project Director: Angela Groseclose
Phone Number: (276) 619-2218
Email: agroseclose@peopleinc.net

Project Description

The Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Families project is a new, multi-generational, whole health, initiative that focuses on educating families about the effects of adverse childhood experiences on the health of parents and their children. The program will support families as they set goals aimed at building resilience and limiting and/or reversing the negative impact of parents’ adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) on their children in an effort to improve child behaviors and health outcomes for the whole family.

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

Grant Number: H49MC00127
Project Start Date: February 01, 2002
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: VIRGINIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: Governor St Richmond VA 23219
Project Director: Cornelia Deagle
Phone Number: (804) 864-7691
Email: cornelia.deagle@vdh.virginia.gov

Project Description

The goal of the Loving Steps program is to reduce perinatal health disparities in our two local sites in order to reduce infant mortality and low birth weight. Using verifiable 3-year average data for calendar years 2013 through 2015 (VDH, Health statistics), the proposed project area for the VDH sites meets the two indicators. 1) The 2013 through 2015 combined 3-year infant mortality rate (IMR, infant deaths per 1,000 live births over 3 years) must be equal to or more than 8.8. Petersburg Area = IMR = 9.7 and Norfolk Area = IMR = 9.7. 2) Deaths per 1,000 live births (1.5 times the national average4) AND there must be 20 or more infant deaths in the target population during the 3-year period, 2013 through 2015. Petersburg Area = death per 1,000 live births = 31 infant deaths during three-year period 2013-2015. Norfolk Area = death per 1,000 live births = 107 infant deaths during three-year period 2013-2015. The focus will be on serving Black/African American target population.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC09486
Project Start Date: June 01, 2008
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
Address: Richmond VA 23298
Project Director: Dana Yarbrough
Phone Number: (804) 828-0352
Email: dvyarbrough@vcu.edu

Project Description

Virginia is a somewhat complex state with very decentralized, fragmented services for children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities (CYSHCN) and their families. This fragmentation is because local governments operate their own health and behavioral health services, and public K12 school programs for CYSHCN. Access to services is particularly challenging if you are part of the 65% of Virginians who live in a rural or geographically isolated community or are one of the 1 in 9 Virginian’s born in another country who are linguistically diverse. Families are unaware of how to make informed decisions about long term/health care options for CYSHCN; families are unaware of health care resources and avenues for parent support; families operate in isolation from health care providers and providers do not collaborate effectively to provide long term care and health care support; underserved populations are at higher risk.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020