Implementation Awards for Centering Expansion
New Jersey (NJ) ranks among the worst U.S. states for maternal mortality, with a rate of more than 46 deaths per every 100,000 live births, nearly 50 percent greater than the national average, placing it 47th among the 50 states. For women and babies of color, the situation is even more dire. A Black mother in New Jersey is now seven times more likely to die than a white mother due to pregnancy complications, up from five times more likely according to 2013 data. In addition, New Jersey earned a C+ on its annual preterm birth score card from the March of Dimes overall; the preterm birth rate among Black women is 48% higher than the rate among all other women. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death and disability among infants, including long-term cognitive and developmental disabilities, delays in physical development, learning and social emotional skills, chronic respiratory problems, and vision and hearing impairment.
The Burke Foundation, an NJ based private foundation, has teamed up with Centering Healthcare Institute to address these alarming maternal infant health statistics and disparities by bringing Centering to more families and regions in New Jersey. With over 120 published studies and peer-reviewed articles, research demonstrates that the Centering model improves health and wellness outcomes for mothers and babies, including a reduction in racial health disparities in preterm births. During the first year of this initiative, up to 10 implementation awards are being offered to help clinical practices implement the CenteringParenting and CenteringPregnancy care models. The goals of the Strengthening Maternal, Infant, and Child Health through the Expansion of Centering Group Care in New Jersey program are to:
These awards will cover two years of implementation support from the CHI team, pending successful completion of deliverables and progress achieved in the first year of the grant, including:
IMPORTANT: This is NOT a monetary award. It is an award for in-kind services.
Those selected for the above award will be invited to apply for an additional mini-grant to support start-up expenses such as patient snacks and medical supplies, directly from the Burke Foundation.
How to Apply
In 2022, CHI intends to launch a total of five (5) CenteringParenting sites and five (5) CenteringPregnancy sites, for a total of up to 10 awards.
The Request for Applications (RFA) narrative for CenteringPregnancy and CenteringParenting outlines in detail application requirements and process, selection criteria, services and support awarded as well as project activity and timeline. Healthcare settings interested in participating will follow the process outlined below:
Complete and submit a Readiness Assessment which gathers information about the practice site such as patient volume, proposed space to convene groups, and administrative support.
Once sites complete the CHI Readiness Assessment they will be contacted by Mary Fitzmaurice, Regional Director at CHI, to schedule a phone discussion to assess the site’s readiness for CenteringPregnancy.
Qualifying candidates whose readiness is verified by the CHI team following the phone discussion will be invited to submit the application materials listed below.
The application form will include supplementary questions to round out the information provided on your Readiness Assessment on the following topics: community need, patient engagement, measuring success, community buy-in and leadership, sustainability, and budget.
Note: If you are new to the Centering model, we encourage you to register and attend one of the upcoming informational sessions on August 31, 2021 at 12:00 noon(EST) or September 3, 2021 at 12:00 noon (EST)
Submission Timeline for CenteringPregnancy Applicants
Full Application Close Date: November 12, 2021 (All materials must be submitted electronically no later than this date.)
Award Notification: December 20, 2021
CHI Contracting Window: January 2, 2022 - April 30th, 2022 (estimated)
Implementation Start Date: Approximately 1-2 months after award notification
Please note: Organizations may submit applications to implement one or both (CenteringPregnancy and CenteringParenting) group care models. Submitted applications will be reviewed collaboratively by CHI and The Burke Foundation.
Award Qualification Criteria
The following are criteria on which applications will be assessed:
The following counties have been identified as priority communities for expansion based on a data analysis of maternal and pediatric outcomes, conducted by the New Jersey Healthcare Quality Institute. These counties report greater health disparities and thus are a higher priority for investment. However, since community-level data may indicate other areas of need, CHI welcomes applications from providers that serve a high percentage of under-resourced patients anywhere in the state.
|1. Essex |
In order to meet the goals of this initiative and set sites up for success, all applicants commit to adhering to model fidelity; collaborating with and receiving support from CHI staff; engaging with a Centering community of practice; conducting quality improvement activities, and completing data collection, reporting, and any evaluation-related deliverables. These efforts will help improve health outcomes as well as patient satisfaction with received health care, reduce health disparities, and ultimately result in lower costs to the practice and the overall health care and social support systems. Details on specific grant expectations are outlined in each RFA.
Prior to implementation launch, selected grantees will need to complete all required CHI documentation associated with acquiring a Centering site license, including the annual site license fee. Click to view and download samples:
For questions regarding the Centering model, Centering readiness guidelines, licensure and accreditation, please submit an inquiry to CHI.
For any questions regarding this grant, please feel free to contact Mary Fitzmaurice at firstname.lastname@example.org.