University of Illinois at Chicago Black Lung Center of Excellence
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The University of Illinois at Chicago in collaboration with National Jewish Health established the Black Lung Center of Excellence (BLCOE) in 2014, with funding from Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Black Lung Center of Excellence supports the needs of Health Resources and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Black Lung Clinics Program. The BLCOE provides updates and resources for health care professionals on the changing patterns and severity of Coal Mine Dust Lung Disease (CMDLD), which puts miners at risk for increased morbidity and mortality due to undiagnosed, under treated respiratory disease.
The BLCOE is dedicated to provide health care, legal, and benefits professionals who work with coal miners the latest updates to Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) policies and procedures, and the latest peer reviewed literature.
The BLCOE is dedicated to provide resources and current information to coal miners and their families to ensure their access to the latest services available through HRSA Black Lung Clinics.
The goal of our program is to provide the highest level of medical expertise in medical surveillance, screening, diagnosis, treatment and medical legal services to providers, clinics, advocacy organizations and governmental agencies whose main goal is the care for coal miners.
The goals of the Black Lung Center of Excellence are:
- Develop and maintenance of a Black Lung Clinical Research Database.
- Provide technical assistance to BLCP grantees, HRSA and other governmental agencies.
- Develop a Black Lung Center of Excellence website.
- Outreach and education to miners, clinic and legal providers.
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BLACK LUNG CLINIC
The Black Lung Clinics Program is part of a consortium of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Shawnee Health Service, both with a long tradition of addressing the respiratory care and benefits needs of active, inactive, disabled, and retired coal miners in the Midwest. Jointly, we provide services through our sites in Chicago, Springfield, and Carbondale, Illinois as well as Evansville, Indiana. We also serve as a tertiary level referral center for other Black Lung Clinics nationally for the most complicated and difficult cases of Coal Mine Dust Lung Disease and other occupational lung diseases.
GLOBAL CONSULTING ON BLACK LUNG
We review coal mining medical surveillance programs, globally, to determine the adequacy of design and implementation of protocols for the most effective detection of the early stages of CMDLD. We are working in Australia, S. Africa, and Colombia.
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