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Your Environment. Your Health.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Principal Investigator / Institution

McCormick, Lisa
Lisa McCormick, Dr.P.H.
Co-Principal Investigator
Tel 205-934-7148
Fax 205-934-3347
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Health Care Org & Policy
1720 2nd Avenue South
RPHB 330
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0022
White, Marjorie Lee
Marjorie Lee White, M.D.
Co-Principal Investigator
Tel 205-934-3125
Fax 205-934-3347
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
Department of Medical Education
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-3412

Program Description

The Deep South region (Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle) contains a large number of medically underserved areas, health professional shortage areas, and health departments with limited budgets and limited access to professional occupational health and safety training programs. This has resulted in gaps in knowledge and skills in risk reduction and infection control procedures within the workforce. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Deep South Biosafety Worker Training Program includes collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama Fire College, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. They propose to develop and implement safety and health trainings for public safety and healthcare workers, including individuals not working in direct patient care roles who may be at risk during infectious disease outbreaks in the Deep South. The goal of this program is to provide integrated public health, medical, occupational health, and worker safety trainings that will equip workers with the skills and knowledge needed to protect themselves and their communities from potential exposure to contaminated materials or infected individuals whom they may encounter. Trainings will provide information on how infectious diseases are spread in work environments and what measures can be taken to shield oneself from potential exposure. Additional trainings will provide information on infection control measures; other worker protection protocols; and practical, hands-on training using personal protective equipment in order to improve the skills and confidence of the workforce in responding to an Ebola or infectious disease threat. A Train-the-Trainer (TTT) module will provide instructors with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to conduct trainings within their own organizations, as well as to others in their field. The program will train 2,160 healthcare workers through awareness-level training and 1,440 healthcare workers through operational-level training, and it will facilitate training 360 instructors for the TTT program, projecting an additional outreach of 800 trainees through indirect training. The investigators further propose to train 1,240 emergency medical technicians, paramedics, fire and law personnel with awareness-level training, 620 through operational-level training over three years. This new cadre of workers will have the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the growing demands of the Deep South workforce. Overall, this program will allow training resources to be made available across the region and prepare workers to respond to public health crises and disasters with a total of 6,180 workers over three years.

Project Duration

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

Grant Numbers

  • UH4 ES027070-01 (Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response)

Other Participating Organizations

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