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Sunday, April 20, 2014

HHS awards UOG $140K grant

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ HRSA Division of Grants Management Operations has awarded a $140,000 grant to the University of Guam for the Community-Based Integrated Service Systems Building Health Through Integration Project.

The funding that supports the Community-Based Integrated Service Systems will be used to fund Guam’s Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS), also known as Project Tinituhon III. Project Tinituhon III is focused on coordinating the expansion of developmental screening activities in early care and education settings statewide by connecting pediatric and other child health leaders with child care health consultants to link training and referrals among medical homes, early intervention services, child care programs and families.

“These funds will help further the progress in planning, developing, and implementing the University of Guam’s Early Childhood Comprehensive System,” said Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU). “I commend the University of Guam for their leadership on this important project. This grant will help support UOG’s efforts to ensure children receive proper developmental screenings and services that will enable them to do well later in life.”

Dr. Robert Underwood, president of the University of Guam, said: “Project Tinituhon has been vital in supporting the well-being of our island’s young children. With this grant funding, University of Guam CEDDERS will continue the important work of helping our young children have well-adjusted, healthy, productive lives.”

Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, UOG CEDDERS director, said: “Since 2005, Guam’s Early Childhood Comprehensive System, known as Project Tinituhon, has made significant progress in providing services and educating stakeholders about our young children. We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders and service providers and demonstrate the importance of early care through the integration and expansion of developmental and behavioral screenings and services for young children ages birth to three years.” (PR)

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