West Virginia Discretionary Awards

Project Title: State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00056
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: WV DEPT. OF HEALTH & HUMAN RESOURCES
Address: Capitol Complex, Bldg. 3 RM 206 Charleston, WV 25305
Project Director: Kathy Cummons
Phone Number: (304) 558-5388
Email: kathy.g.cummons@wv.gov

Project Description

In WV, the quantitative and qualitative collection, analysis, and use of public health data are critical components of effective surveillance, evaluation and development of population, and evidence-based strategies. Each of these components are fundamental to the development of an infrastructure that addresses the health of children and those with special needs, women of child-bearing age, and their infants at the state and local levels. Data analysis is a central component of the efforts to identify maternal, child and family health needs; design appropriate program interventions; manage and evaluate those interventions; and monitor progress toward achieving goals and outcomes. A primary goal of the State Systems Development Initiative is to ensure the ability to access policy and program relevant information and data to expand Title V data capacity for its Five-year needs assessment and annual performance measure reporting.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grant

Grant Number: H33MC11301
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: West Virginia, Department of Health and Human Services
Address: Capitol Complex Bldg. 3 RM 206 Charleston, WV 25302
Project Director: Sherry Rockwell
Phone Number: (304) 290-9307
Email: sherry.l.rockwell@wv.gov

Project Description

To continue progress regarding pediatric education activities statewide.

Project Title: WV Healthy Start/Helping Appalachian Parents and Infants (HAPI) Project

Grant Number: H49MC00161
Project Start Date: September 1, 2014
Project End Date: March 31, 2019
Organization: West Virginia University Rsch Corp
Address: 886 Chestnut Ridge Rd Morgantown, WV 26505
Project Director: Penny Womeldorff
Phone Number: (304) 293-1560
Email: pwomeldorff@hsc.wvu.edu

Project Description

The 2007-2009 combined 3 year IMR for all Medicaid (and unlisted) births was 10.6, compared to the non-Medicaid IRM of 3.8 for the seven county WV Healthy Start/HAPI Project region. The HAPI Project continues to provide enhanced prenatal and interconceptional services to at-risk women and their infants and will continually seek to further engage the fathers of the families served as well to improve birth outcomes, women's health, healthy child development, family involvement and future pregnancy outcomes.

Project Title: Newborn Hearing Screening

Grant Number: H61MC23643
Project Start Date: April 1, 2017
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: WV Department of Health and Human Resources
Address: Office of the Secretary 350  Capitol St RM 515 Charleston, WV 25301-1757
Project Director: Gwen Bryant
Phone Number: (304) 356-4445
Email: Gwen.L.Bryant@wv.gov

Project Description

The purpose of the Newborn Hearing Screening (NHS) Program is to maintain a comprehensive Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) system in West Virginia. Through collaboration with EHDI system partners,  NHS strives to meet the Joint Committee Infant Hearing recommended national 1-3-6 goals; All infants should receive a hearing screen no later than one month pf age, all infants who do not pass the hearing screen should receive a receive a diagnostic evaluation by an audiologist who specializes in infants no later than 3 months of age, and all infants diagnosed with hearing loss should be enrolled in appropriate early intervention no later than 6 months of age.

Project Title: West Virginia Family-to-Family Health Information Center Network Program

Grant Number: H84MC31692
Project Start Date: June 1, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: West Virginia University Research Corporation
Address: 886 CHESTNUT RIDGE ROAD PO BOX 6845  MORGANTOWN, WV 26506-6845
Project Director: Lori Heginbotham
Phone Number: (304) 293-4692
Email: lori.heginbotham@hsc.wvu.edu

Project Description

The WVF2FHIC expands an existing strong network of family consultants to provide a tailored intensity level, tiered approach that networks select youth and their families to available systems of providers and resources within West Virginia. Many youth receive services within the Children with Special Health Care Needs program of WV Department of Health and Human Resources, but pockets of children primarily those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorders (ADD/ADHD), and Intellectual Disabilities (ID) are not eligible to enroll in these services or receive minimal level of services. The project expands an existing WV CSHCN model to include this population. Parenting supports are added to the model to address the more challenging behaviors and to improve pediatric care for children with these special needs. Staff development & simulation training experiences will be developed for medical students that review family experiences and impact

Project Title: Leadership Educationin Neurodevelopmental/Other Related Disabilites

Grant Number: T73MC00043
Project Start Date: July 1, 2016
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY RSCH CORP
Address: 886 Chestnut Ridge Rd Morgantown, WV 26505
Project Director: Margaret E. Jaynes
Phone Number: (304) 293-4692
Email: mjaynes@hsc.wvu.edu

Project Description

The complex cultural, social and economic characteristics of West Virginia represent multiple risks to the health and related needs of children and families in general and even more so for the target population of this program – rural children with ASD and other NDD and their families. 2007 Child Health data for WV show that 22.7 % of children have special health care needs compared to national rate of 19.2 %. Of these, 24.6% are in families living below the federal poverty level. Another 22.6% are in families between 100 and 199% of the federal poverty level. The economy of West Virginia often is cited as one of the worse in the country with unemployment rates in some counties 2-3 times that of national rate. Geographic isolation, due to the rural nature of the state, has great impact on access to care. West Virginia has limited interstate highways and 60% of roads are rated as fair to poor. These barriers magnify the problems encountered by children with special health care needs.

Project Title: Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive: A Two-Generational Approach to Strength

Grant Number: UK4MC32111
Project Start Date: September 1, 2018
Project End Date: August 31 2023
Organization: West Virginia University Research Corporation
Address: 886 CHESTNUT RIDGE ROAD PO BOX 6845  MORGANTOWN, WV 26506-6845
Project Director: John Childress
Phone Number: (304) 293-3998
Email: wvusponsoredprograms@mail.wvu.edu

Project Description

West Virginia (WV) is the second most rural state in the nation and the only one nestled within the Appalachian region. Our state’s youngest population (0 -8 years) is presently vulnerable to opioid use and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Services, particularly home visitation programs, designed to address the needs of high risk children and their families, have been tailored to the needs of families in rural settings but are implemented in silos to coordinate with partners in the community. In this proposal, we base proposed services on a strong collaborative and propose a flexible yet strong infrastrustructure. The proposed approach will expand the home visitation and training capacity within a 6-county region of WV that is most impacted by NAS. Evidence-based programming within the region, family navigation, and access to community services is intended.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020