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Your Environment. Your Health.

NIEHS WTP 2016 Infectious Disease Workshop

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Fall Awardee Meeting and Workshop. September 19-21, 2016, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Purpose of the Awardee Meeting

The semi-annual WTP Awardee Meeting brings awardees together to provide program updates, exchange information regarding training, and discover new areas of interest to awardees.

Purpose and Scope of the Workshop

This workshop provided a forum for NIEHS WTP grantees, key stakeholders, and experts to discuss the following topics as they relate to infectious disease:

  • successful training models,
  • training priorities need to inform public health practice, and
  • worker training programs that can be implemented under real-world conditions.

This meeting helped NIEHS WTP partners better understand the worker-related risk of emerging infectious diseases and implement adequate interventions to mitigate that risk across a broad scope of occupational settings.


Participant List

Workshop Report


Awardee Meeting: 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Time Topic
1:00 p.m. Welcome
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Jr., NIEHS
1:10 p.m. Brief Grantee Introductions
1:45 p.m.

NIEHS Worker Training Program Grantee Meeting (2MB)

  • Chip Hughes, Sharon Beard, Kathy Ahlmark, Demia Wright and Jim Remington, NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP)
  • Pam Clark and Lisa Edwards, NIEHS Grants Management Branch (GMB)
  • Deborah Weinstock, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
2:30 p.m. Evaluation Approach for Infectious Disease Response Worker Training Program (IDR WTP)
3:00 p.m. General Discussion: Collaborations, Curricula Development, Reporting, Succession Planning and Continuity, Q&A
3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Workshop: NIEHS WTP 2016 Infectious Disease Workshop

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Time Topic
9:00 a.m. Infectious Disease Response (IDR) Worker Training Program (WTP) Overview (1MB)
Joseph “Chip” Hughes, Jr., NIEHS
9:15 a.m. Lessons Learned and Emerging Issues of Biosafety and Infectious Disease
MODERATOR: Jim Remington, WTP
10:00 a.m. Keynote Address
Front Lines of Defense for Infectious Diseases (969KB) Richard Hunt, M.D., National Healthcare Preparedness Programs, ASPR
10:45 a.m. Frontline Reports: Trainer Perspectives on Improving Infection Prevention Training and Communication
MODERATOR: Sharon Beard, WTP
11:15 a.m. Targeting and Tailoring Training for Healthcare and Non-Healthcare Sectors
(Concurrent breakout sessions)
  • Healthcare providers, First responders, clinical healthcare facility workers and funeral and mortuary services
    FACILITATORS: Jim Remington, WTP and Elizabeth Harman, International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Transportation and construction industry workers
    FACILITATORS: Sharon Beard, WTP and Damas Rugaba, LIUNA Training and Education
  • Environmental services, custodial, non-clinical healthcare facility workers, maintenance professionals, immigrant workers and waste handlers industry workers
    FACILITATORS: Chip Hughes, WTP and Arturo Archila, The Steelworkers Charitable and Education Organization/The Labor Institute
  • Community workers, teachers, daycare workers, nail salon workers, correctional officers, public health workers, disaster relief workers & other hazardous workers
    FACILITATORS: Demia Wright, WTP and Janelle Rios, Ph.D., Texas-Utah Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Education and Training
1:30 p.m. Successful Training Strategies and Frameworks for Occupational Biosafety (part I)
MODERATOR: Kevin Yeskey, M.D., National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
2:45 p.m. Successful Training Strategies and Frameworks for Occupational Biosafety (part II)
MODERATOR: Nina Jaitly, M.D., WTP
  • Building a bilingual corps of trainers, Arturo Archilla, The Steelworkers Charitable and Education Organization/The Labor Institute
  • California OSHA's Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Standard (ATD) (437KB), Kevin Riley, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, and Mark Catlin, Service Employees International Union
  • Obstacles to initiating an Infectious Disease Train the Trainer program, Lula Odom, ICWUC
3:45 p.m. Integration and Delivery of Pathogen Safety Data Tools and Resources
MODERATOR: Nina Jaitly, M.D., WTP

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time Topic
9:15 a.m. Enhancing Partnerships for Delivery of Infectious Disease and Biosafety Training
10:15 a.m. Hot Topics
MODERATOR: Donald Elisburg, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
  • PPE and respiratory protection technology issues: How to work with the challenges, Jill Shugart, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • Zika: Current Science and Efforts, Jill Shugart, NIOSH
  • Risk Management: From a Single Case to Evidenced Based Improvements (1MB), Lisa McCormick, Dr.P.H., University of Alabama at Birmingham
11:30 a.m. Open Discussion and Meeting Wrap-up
Darryl Alexander, American Federation of Teachers
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