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Direct Service Initiative

Grant funds under this initiative are provided to (1) ensure and enhance the availability and accessibility of quality, comprehensive sickle cell services and care for newborns, children and adults and (2) promote patient/consumer/family/professional education to increase awareness and knowledge about sickle cell disease, sickle trait and other hemoglobinopathies.

Comprehensive sickle cell services for the purpose of this initiative include, but are not limited to:  (1) tracking and follow-up of abnormal hemoglobin results, including newborn screening and non-newborn test results; (2) hemoglobinopathy counseling and/or disease education for patients and families; (3) public and professional education and resource materials, training, outreach, and awareness activities specific to hemoglobinopathies; and (4) care coordination and/or referral to specialized medical teams and resources for diagnostic, preventive, transition and evaluative management of sickling hemoglobinopathies.  Support of clinical services is not a funding priority for this grant initiative.

Qualified applicants for grant funds are tertiary care or community-based facilities with an identifiable, functional unit or program organized for and capable of ensuring the provision of regional comprehensive services for newborns, children and adults with or at risk for sickle cell disease, sickle cell trait and other hemoglobinopathies.  Funding consideration is given only to those applicants that demonstrate capability, experience and expertise in the provision of services as described above and whose programmatic activities meet or exceed the ODH Sickle Cell Services Program Standards and Criteria.  Only one agency is funded in each of the six (6) multi-county sickle cell service regions listed below:

  • Region I:  Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren
  • Region II:  Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Paulding, Preble, Putnam, Shelby and Van Wert
  • Region III:  Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams and Wood
  • Region IV:  Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Madison, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Union, Vinton, Washington and Wyandot
  • Region V:  Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina
  • Region VI:  Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Crawford, Holmes, Mahoning, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne
The SFY 2015 goals for the Direct Service Initiative are:

A.  Promote the early identification of newborns, children and adults with or at risk for sickle cell disease, sickle cell trait and other hemoglobinopathies and facilitate their integration into systems of comprehensive service and care (which include treatment interventions, if applicable) that are available, accessible and culturally and linguistically appropriate.

B.  Increase the awareness, knowledge and skill level of Ohio professionals about the special health care needs and services related to hemoglobinopathies through the promoted use of education, training and outreach.

C.  Expand community education and public awareness of hemoglobinopathies and related program/services with special emphasis on meeting the needs and culture of unserved, under-served and/or emerging population groups.

D.  Increase the number of ODH grant-funded programs that integrate cultural and linguistic competence elements into their policies, guidelines, contracts and trainings.

Note:  Applicants that apply for funds under this intiative MAY NOT apply for additional grant funding under the Statewide Family Support Initiative.


Last updated:  August 13, 2014