HHS Office of Minority Health Awards Grants to Increase Economic Stability and Address Adverse Childhood Experiences

October 7, 2020
Contact: Tony Welch

HHS Office of Minority Health Awards Grants to Increase Economic Stability and Address Adverse Childhood Experiences

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) announced $9.9 million in grants to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) through activities aimed at increasing economic stability.

The Community-based Approaches to Strengthening Economic Supports for Working Families initiative will serve low-income working families, including racial and ethnic minority families, disproportionately at risk for ACEs. This initiative seeks to determine whether implementation of earned income tax credit (EITC) outreach and education activities in these communities can result in increased EITC receipt and changes in risk and/or protective factors for ACEs.

According to a recent study, one in six adults reported experiencing four or more types of ACEs during childhood. At least five of the top 10 leading causes of morbidity and mortality are associated with ACEs as well as poor socioeconomic outcomes in adulthood. Women, American Indians/Alaska Natives, African Americans, and other racial and ethnic minority populations are more likely to experience four or more types of ACEs compared to white men.

'Through these grants, we are eager to identify innovative approaches for increasing EITC receipt and decreasing stressors associated with adverse childhood experiences,' said RADM Felicia Collins, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health.

The OMH-funded projects are expected to establish multi-sectoral partnerships to (1) plan and implement EITC outreach and education activities in communities at higher risk for ACEs, (2) develop and implement a process and outcome evaluation plan, (3) communicate and disseminate findings, successes and lessons learned, and, (4) plan for sustainability of successful interventions.

The project period for the grant is September 30, 2020, to September 29, 2023.

The Curators of the University of MissouriColumbiaMO$448,854.00
Housing Authority of the City of Tampa TampaFL$450,000.00
Methodist Le Bonheur Community Outreach MemphisTN$386,406.00
Reach Out UplandCA$445,878.00
University of Maryland, Baltimore BaltimoreMD$441,283.00
Foundation Communities, Inc. AustinTX$372,555.00
Panhandle Community Services AmarilloTX$450,000.00
Orlando Health, Inc OrlandoFL$449,336.00
Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services DearbornMI$434,696.00
Greater Flint Health Coalition, Inc. FlintMI$436,021.00
United Way of San Diego County San DiegoCA$449,898.00
Affirming Youth Foundation, Inc. MiamiFL$450,000.00
Southwestern Area Health Education Center, Inc. SheltonCT$448,895.00
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services LansingMI$450,000.00
Life and Discovery, Inc. FrederickMD$339,779.00
University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. AthensGA$448,899.00
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center AlbuquerqueNM$450,000.00
The Village for Families & Children, Inc. HartfordCT$449,989.00
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital ColumbusOH$401,355.00
Empire Justice Center RochesterNY$425,995.00
Day One PasadenaCA$417,000.00
Montefiore Medical Center BronxNY$450,000.00
United Ways of California South PasadenaCA$450,000.00

For additional information, visit: minorityhealth.hhs.gov.