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School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Corporate Communications
July 18, 2005
HOPKINS’ WORKFORCE HEALTH INITIATIVE WINS GRANT
The Andrew Family Charitable Foundation Inc. has awarded $150,000 to the Johns Hopkins Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine to fund an initiative aimed at reducing the incidence of illnesses and injuries in health care workers and patients.
The program will concentrate on measuring the impact of interventions, including the replacement of latex gloves and other materials that can trigger allergic reactions, and improved air filtrations systems that reduce the physical, chemical and biologic risk to health care workers and patients. The grant also will fund a study on the effectiveness of various air-handling and water-purification systems that reduce the risk of employee exposure to airborne or waterborne communicable diseases. Part of the grant also will be used to help Hopkins provide outreach and training programs to small and mid-size hospitals lacking formal occupational health and safety programs.
Edward J. Bernacki, M.D., MP.H., Director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine said the grant from the Andrew Family Charitable Foundation is especially important because "it will enable the Division to study issues that are often overlooked by funding agencies but that are critical to the safety of health-care workers and high-risk patients."
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