Children’s Miracle Network awards grants to UC Davis Children’s Hospital for 2020-2022

New pediatric initiatives funded by CMN will benefit patients


Thirteen grants totaling $261,307 have been awarded by Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at UC Davis to clinicians and researchers at UC Davis Children’s HospitalGrants in the amount of $113,729 will enhance the clinical care of children, while $147,578 was awarded for research directly improving the health and welfare of children.

Each fiscal year, applications are accepted by Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) for both clinical services and research grants. Each application must demonstrate how the project or research contributes to UC Davis Health Strategic Goals and/or UC Davis Medical Center Institutional Goals. The amount of funds awarded each year is determined by the CMN Executive Committee and chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center.

Clinical services grants funded for fiscal years 2020-2022 for pediatrics are as follows:

Pediatric neurology room enhancement project – Cassandra Ingemansson 

Ultrasound equipment for pediatric vascular access by bedside nurses – Jonathan Trask 

Pediatric type 1 diabetes (T1DM) Spanish language support groups – Diana Arellano 

Promoting early childhood literacy & resilience to discrimination – Ivan Marquez 

In-room cell phone chargers – Sandie Dial 

Educational materials for pediatric hematology/oncology – Melinda Beckham 

Improving newborn hearing screening follow-up and early intervention – Jamie Funamura 

Clinical services grants funded for fiscal years 2020-2022 for the Child Life & Creative Arts Therapy Department are as follows:

300 Sib Sacs – Jessica Vroman 

The Medikin Doll: A child-friendly spin on preparation – Mackenzi Lee 

Welcome to UC Davis Children's Surgery Center: A video tour – Ginger Rounds

Research grants funded for fiscal years 2020-2022 for pediatrics are as follows:

Pilot study of remote glucose monitoring among pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes – Stephanie Crossen 

Cardiovascular effects of prenatal methamphetamine exposure – Deepika Sankaran 

Optimal epinephrine dose in perinatal arrest in extremely preterm lambs – Payam Vali

Special consideration was given to junior faculty members and junior investigators. Faculty mentors reviewed the proposals prior to submission and included a letter of support and a current National Institutes of Health (NIH) biosketch, as applicable.


UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients, as well as a level I children’s surgery center. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit