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Emory University

WTP Cooperative Agreement Awardee

Principal Investigator / Institution

Isakov, Alexander
Alexander Isakov, M.D.
Tel 404-712-1301
Fax 404-727-2509
aisakov@emory.edu
Emory University
Emergency Medicine Department
School of Medicine
1599 Clifton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30322-4250

Program Description

Emory University proposes to provide appropriate model training to a targeted population of workers engaged in activities related to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and emerging infectious diseases. Partnerships and collaborating with Emory are the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC), the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Region 4 Ebola Treatment Center, and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Region 4 Public Health Training Center (PHTC). This group proposes to train emergency responders, frontline healthcare facility workers of all levels, and public health workers involved in response and follow-up protocols. This project will train approximately 3,250 for the first year, with a total of 9,000 individuals in awareness, 750 workers in operations-level direct training over three years, including the Train-the-Trainer (TTT). The major objective of this program is to train and educate targeted workers within the U.S. in understanding how infectious diseases with varying transmissibility, incubation periods, and clinical outcome are spread in an occupational environment and what measures can be taken to shield workers from potential exposure. The specific aims of the Emory Worker Training Program are to:

  • Develop and implement an occupational safety and infection control training program that interfaces with existing regional and national programs that have nationally and internationally proven subject matter expertise and experience working with Ebola and other serious communicable pathogens;
  • Disseminate environmental infection control and hazard recognition education and training aimed at workers who may be at risk of exposure in the emergency responder, frontline healthcare, and public health workplaces;
  • Establish an enduring platform for collaboration with regional and national partners with the aim of developing and targeting safety and health training for workers that can be delivered both proactively by way of a standing program, as well as contemporaneously by way of "just-in-time" training.

Project Duration

  • June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2019 (Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response)

Grant Numbers

  • UH4 ES027093-01 (Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response)

Other Participating Organizations