Grants Awarded to the Center

Advocacy Grants

Implementation and Evaluation of a Child Health Advocacy Curriculum

Claire Bocchini is principal investigator of an advocacy grant funded by the Texas Children’s Hospital Educational Scholarship Program with an overall goal to enhance advocacy education through a comprehensive advocacy curriculum for pediatric residents. The work hypotheses that a longitudinal curriculum will 1) result in improved child health advocacy knowledge, skills, and attitudes and 2) advance the quality and quantity of advocacy scholarship. The components of the advocacy program include an advocacy action plan, didactic sessions, online modules, mentorship, and small grants to fund resident projects.

Policy Grants

Policies and Practices Addressing Medical and Mental Health Needs of Children in Foster Care in Texas

The Center for Child Health Policy and Advocacy is a collaborator on a research policy grant funded by the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute. The goal of this study is to make policy and practice recommendations to ensure that children in foster care receive standard medical and mental health care. The aims of this study are to 1) identify the medical, mental health and social needs and effects on children who are within the foster care system; 2) determine national standards of medical and mental health needs for children in the foster care system; and 3) describe the obstacles and successes foster children have in receiving medical and mental health care in Greater Houston. 

Developing a Multi-Institutional Collaborative Policy for Zika

The Center for Child Health Policy and Advocacy is a collaborator on a policy research grant funded by the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute. This project will identify the obstacles hospitals and healthcare providers currently face in testing, caring for, and advising patients about Zika. Working with an Advisory Committee representing hospital leadership across the Texas Medical Center (TMC), we will propose policies to address the most pressing obstacles to an effective Zika response. These proposed policies will be disseminated throughout the TMC.

The Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center

The Center for Child Health Policy and Advocacy serves as the advocacy arm for The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC). The EIIC is a Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau funded center designed to guide development and strategic change with the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program based on quality improvement initiatives. The mission of the EMSC is to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity resulting from severe illness or trauma. The four programs in the EMSC are 1)  State Partnership (SP) grants that ensure that pediatric emergency care is integrated into the larger emergency medical services system; 2) Targeted Issues (TI) grants that support innovative cross-cutting pediatric emergency care projects of national significance; 3) State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC) grants that develop systems of care models to improve pediatric emergency care capacity in rural and tribal communities; and 4) The Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) which supports the infrastructure to conduct meaningful and rigorous multi-institutional studies in the management of acute illness and injury in children across the continuum of emergency medicine.

Investing in Early Child Development

The Center for Child Health Policy and Advocacy was recently funded by the Episcopal Health Foundation to set priorities for investment in early childhood brain development and translate the science of early child development into evidence-based strategies and policy initiatives to improve the health trajectory of children.  

Core faculty members completed a systematic review and key informant interviews with local and national experts with a focus on the period from birth to 3 years of age, identifying evidence-based interventions to address early child brain development. The resultant white paper, entitled "Development of an Evidence-Based Early Childhood Development Strategy," was produced and disseminated to relevant stakeholders. Currently the framework and recommendations outlined in the white paper are being incorporated into the work of Early Matters, a coalition of Houston businesses, civic, education, philanthropic, and non-profit organizations whose objective is to support and improve early childhood education. 

Texas Medical Center Child Refugee Health Project

Jean Raphael is a co-investigator on a policy research grant funded by the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute with the overall objective to assess the experiences of unaccompanied minors in the United States. The aims of this grant are to 1) identify and describe the impact of specific conditions, factors, and upstream determinants that contribute to increasing or decreasing health risks among refugee children; 2) identify and describe barriers to quality health and medical care services experienced by refugee children and their families; and 3) identify effective strategies and actions to reduce health risks and eliminate barriers to healthcare among child refugees.