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HHS - 914 - Maternal and Child Health Research Grants Review Committee - Authorized by Law


Committee NameMaternal and Child Health Research Grants Review CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number914
Original Establishment Date6/28/1974Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date6/30/2004Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*14
Current Charter Date6/30/2002Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief, Research and Demonstration Branch, Maternal & Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Ln, Rm 18A-55, Rockville, MD 20857
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date6/30/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*Stella
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Yu
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixScD, MPH
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 1314 (f)Designated Federal Officer Phone*301-443-0695
Effective Date Of Authority*6/27/1974Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-443-4842
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The primary function of the Committee is to review research applications. The Committee advises the Administrator, HRSA, and the Secretary, HHS, regarding research grants in maternal and child health and reviews applications for grants to improve the operation, functioning, general usefulness, and effectiveness of maternal and child health services. The research projects that the Committee approves are considered to be top notch and cutting edge research related to the field of maternal and child health. These study results are published in prestigious medical journals such as JAMA, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the New England Journal of Medicine. As being recognized by the scientific community, these peer-reviewed journals have a broad definition of what is medical, and they have become an increasingly important forum for public health, epidemiological and behavioral science research. The Maternal and Child Health Research Program considers the publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals based on the findings produced by the research projects it supports, the ultimate measure of program accomplishment. These published peer-reviewed articles are the center piece of many of our dissemination activities and, particularly, of our research-to-practice efforts directed at the Title V State MCH and CSHCN Programs. The average number of published articles per funded project is 5.1, which is considered highly productive by the extramural research community.
How is membership balanced?*Fourteen (14) members are appointed by the Secretary. Members must be knowldegeable in the fields of academic maternal and child health, biostatistics, child development, cultural anthropology, oral health, health economics, epidemiology, health services research, nursing, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychometrics, maternal and child health state program administration, social work, and sociology.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee met two times in FY 2004. The overall mission of MCHB is to improve the health and well-being of all mothers and children in the Nation. The Committee and the MCH Research Grants Program are units of MCHB. The primary function of the Committee is to review research grant applications submitted to the MCHB for funding. Without the Committee, the evaluation of all research proposals received would be very difficult to judge in an objective manner. Also, the technical quality and the scientific merit of the grant proposals would be difficult to assess. The Committee's evaluation on research grants is based on the proposal's compatibility with the mission of MCHB and the potential impact on improving health programs for mothers and children throughout the Nation. Based on the above undertakings, the Committee is meeting its mission and is therefore essential to the conduct of Agency business.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee must have scientific expertise covering broad areas of maternal and child health. For example, there must be clinical and program knowledge covering such diverse areas as normal and abnormal aspects of pregnancy, fetal development, congenital malformations, perinatal insults, labor and delivery aspects of pregnancy, neonatology, newborn intensive care, crippled children's programs, mother-child interactions, early development, behavioral and social aspects of child development, adolescence, and the delivery of health services to mothers and children, to mention just a few elements of the research program. The Bureau, under which the research program operates, is primarily a service oriented organization, and the professionals capable of reviewing applications involving such an array of subjects do not exist in the agency. Other agencies do not focus on the clinical and program aspects of the delivery of health services to mothers and children and thus do not have committee membership knowledgeable in the most important aspect of our program. A consultant type of review carried on by mail would be cumbersome and not do justice to the applicant, as a full discussion of each application can best determine the merit of that application subject.
Why close or partially close meetings?A portion of the meetings were closed because it involves the review, discussion, and evaluation of individual grant applications. These application documents contain information of proprietary nature of which the disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy.
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*Yes
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed90
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended10
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*N/A
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$21,120.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$28,667.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$28,800.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$22,627.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$30,855.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$162,115.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$294,184.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.35Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015727Maternal and Child Health Research Grants Review Committee2003
 COM-016555Maternal and Child Health Research Grants Review Committee2002
 COM-017901Maternal and Child Health Research Grants Review Committee2001
 COM-018373Maternal and Child Health Research Grants Review Committee2000
 COM-019853Maternal and Child Health Research Grants Review Committee1999
 COM-020649Maternal and Child Health Research Grants Review Committee1998
 COM-021431Maternal and Child Health Research Grants Review Committee1997