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Indiana University Bloomington

WTP Cooperative Agreement Awardee

Principal Investigator / Institution

Gibbs, Shawn
Shawn Gibbs, Ph.D.
Tel 812-855-0516
Fax 812-855-9943
gibbss@indiana.edu
Indiana University Bloomington
1025 E 7th Street
PH 111C
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7109

Co-Principal Investigator / Institution

Lowe, John J.
John J. Lowe, Ph.D.
Tel 402-552-3001
Fax 402-552-5259
jjlowe@unmc.edu
Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-4388

Program Coordinator / Institution

Aurora Le
Aurora Le, M.P.H.
Tel 812-855-4756
able@indiana.edu
Indiana University Bloomington
1025 E 7th Street
PH 029
Bloomington, Indiana 47405

Program Description

The Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative (BIDTI) is an extension of their pilot project (funded under administrative supplement PA-15-148), which includes a consortium of the Indiana University School of Public Health, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, the University of Texas School of Public Health, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Dillard University. BIDTI's purpose is to impact positively and meaningfully the health of communities by providing well-designed, well-delivered, and practical hands-on health, environmental infection control, and safety training to mitigate exposures to EVD and other serious infectious diseases by workers who may have a potential exposure. While these workers include healthcare and allied healthcare professionals, BIDTI will focus on training:

  1. Facility workers who generate, label, load, transport, unload, receive, treat, store, analyze, or dispose of potentially bio-hazardous materials;
  2. Workers who prepare for and conduct emergency response, including clean-up and remediation of bio-hazardous material;
  3. Workers in settings such as mortuaries or laboratories that receive potentially infectious materials; and
  4. Officials with the responsibility to prevent, deter, or respond to biohazards, such as emergency medical technicians, law enforcement, and so forth.

A total of 2,000 workers for year 1 and 6,000 for all three years are targeted. BIDTI objectives will be reached through innovative implementation of direct worker training and train-the-trainer programs. BIDTI faculty will train instructors to train others, thereby advancing the recognition and mitigation of hazards. The Awareness-level program will emphasize risk assessment and management, universal and standard precautions, current immunizations, and self-care to mitigate risk from activities with no direct contact with infected body fluids. Operations level courses will provide hands-on practical training for recognizing and mitigating hazards associated with activities with potential direct contact with infected body fluids. They also will incorporate site-specific scenario-based information, infectious disease protocols, guidance for selection of PPE and other supplies, communications plans, and methods to evaluate the health hazards in various job tasks.

Project Duration

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

Grant Numbers

  • UH4 ES027055-01 (Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response)

Other Participating Organizations