Virginia Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Counseling Access for a Healthy Tomorrow

Grant Number: H17MC31608
Project Start Date: March 1, 2018
Project End Date: February 28, 2023
Organization: CHILD HEALTH INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP
Address: 1201 Third Street, Roanoke, VA 24016
Project Director: Robin Haldiman
Phone Number: (540) 857-6993
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: Virginia State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00052
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: VIRGINIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: 109  Governor St FL 8TH Richmond, VA 23219-3623
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: Improve the quality of emergency medical care for the ill or injured child and adolescent in VA.

Grant Number: H33MC07871
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: VIRGINIA STATE DEPT OF HEALTH
Address: 109 Governor St., Richmond, VA 23219-3623
Project Director: David P. Edwards  MBA
Phone Number: (804) 888-9100
Email: david.edwards@vdh.virginia.gov

Project Description

1. 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: Promoting Innovation in State MCH Policymaking (PRISM)

Grant Number: U1XMC31657
Project Start Date: May 1, 2018
Project End Date: April 30, 2023
Organization: ASSOCIATION OF STATE AND TERRITORIAL HEALTH OFFICIALS, THE
Address: 2231 CRYSTAL DR STE 450  ARLINGTON, VA 22202-3740
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: Richmond Healthy Start Initiative

Grant Number: H49MC00124
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: RICHMOND HEALTHY START INITIATIVE
Address: DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES900, E. Marshall St. Richmond, VA 23219-1538
Project Director: Rose Stith-Singleton
Phone Number: (804) 205-3684
Email: rose.singleton@richmondgov.com

Project Description

While the rate of infant death in Richmond City has steadily declined over the last two decades, disparities continue to exist. RHSI provides funding to three sub-contractors to provide intensive home visiting services to families most at risk of poor health and social outcomes.

Project Title: Virginia Healthy Start Initiative / Loving Steps

Grant Number: H49MC00127
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: VIRGINIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: 109 Governor St FL 8TH Richmond, VA 23219-3623
Project Director: Trinita Wright
Phone Number: (804) 864-7345
Email: trinita.wright@vdh.virginia.gov

Project Description

The goal of the VHSI program is to reduce perinatal health disparities in the 3 communities served. The Black IMR from 2011-2013 is at least 3 times the White rate in each community: Norfolk (18.2 vs. 6.6), Petersburg (10.6 vs. 2.1) and in Westmoreland (16.4 vs. 2.8).

Project Title: Virginia Collaboration and Care Coordination Project (VCCC)

Grant Number: H61MC00046
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: VIRGINIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: 109 Governor St Richmond, VA 23219-3623
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: Family to Family Network of Virginia

Grant Number: H84MC09486
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
Address: PO BOX 980568 Richmond, VA 23298-0568
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.

Project Title: Training CED/COR Pediatric and Child Psychiatry (MCH COR WA/VA)

Grant Number: T20MC32714
Project Start Date: July 1, 2017
Project End Date: June 30, 2022
Organization: RECTOR & VISITORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Address: UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA P.O. BOX 400195  CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22904-4195
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: Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities

Grant Number: T73MC00040
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
Address: Office of Sponsored Programs PO BOX 980568 Richmond, VA 23298-0568
Project Director: Jennifer Accardo
Phone Number: (804) 827-2322
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.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020