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  1. School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville Susan Muldoon, Ph.D., M.P.H. Associate Dean for Student Affairs School of Public Health and Information Sciences University of Louisville susan.muldoon@louisville.edu

  2. University of Louisville – A Brief History • 1798 – Jefferson Seminary • 1846 – KY Legislature created University of Louisville • 1907-1935 – Conformity to accreditation guidelines • 1970 – UofL joins the state system of higher education

  3. University of Louisville today • Kentucky’s preeminent metropolitan research university • 3 campuses: Belknap, Health Science Center, Shelby • 21,725 students comprise the student body • $613 million operating budget

  4. Louisville? A world-class center for life-sciences research? • Challenge for excellence • Research Challenge Trust Fund (Bucks for Brains) • Louisville Medical Center • Med/Venture Technology Operation • United Parcel Service’s world-wide air hub

  5. We will extend the domain of public health to include all factors in the public’s health We will pursue health information sciences as an inseparable aspect of public health We will work for close integration of individual health, health care, and public health. SPHIS’ Vision

  6. Workforce Development • Public Health Preparedness • Environmental Health – Green City Project • SPHIS Partners

  7. Public Health Preparedness Initiative • Grant from US Health Resources and Services Administration • UofL/UK collaborative effort • Have trained 15,000 people since 2003 • Physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals • mental health and healthcare administration • Veterinarians and others working in agricultural segment

  8. Origins of the Preparedness Initiative • 1999 USPHS/HRSA Primary Care Policy Fellowship • Culminating experience – DHHA Secretary Donna Shalala • Post 9/11 – Center for the Deterrence of Biowarfare and Bioterrorism • Startup funds obtained from CDC in 2002. • Initial focus: standardized patients / cutaenous anthrax, smallpox, etc.

  9. Origins…, cont’d. • Invitations followed to present in a number of venues • HRSA grant announcement: Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program. • UofL consortium emerged to submit grant • CDBBCenter for Health Hazards Preparedness • Additional grant from National Institute of Hometown Security • Total federal funding > $10,000,000

  10. Keys to Success! • Identification of a variety of strengths in personnel • Diversity of backgrounds and training • Development of curricula • Formalized assessment of programs / continuous quality improvement

  11. Environmental Health – Green City Project • Formed in 2004 among Louisville Metro Government, the University of Louisville and the Jefferson County Public Schools • The goal is a greener vision for the city through stronger environmental education, energy efficiency, waste reduction, pollution control and management efforts

  12. University of Louisville, Louisville Metro government and Jefferson County Public Schools A total of 26,000 employees, 120,000 students, thousands of vehicles and hundreds of buildings create an infrastructure that leads to waste reduction, energy efficiency and improved health and education for children Partnership for a green city

  13. Combine partners’ resources and expertise Research and information-sharing vital 3 major thrusts Environmental health Environmental education Environmental management Uof L helps fertilize “Green City” with ideas

  14. Origins of Green City Initiative • Dan Wicks – Jefferson County School District • Russ Barnett – University of Louisville • Obtained a pilot grant to facilitate • focus group • Long period of community engagement • Formal sign-off by The Three Kings

  15. Key Factors • Long period of community engagement • Formal memorandum of understanding and agreement signed off on by Three Kings

  16. SPHIS Partners • Federal and State Agencies • Dept. of Defense • Food and Drug Administration • KY Dept. of Public Health • National Academies of Science • NIEHS • National Security Agency

  17. SPHIS Partners • Federal and State Agencies • Dept. of Defense • Food and Drug Administration • KY Dept. of Public Health • National Academies of Science • NIEHS • National Security Agency

  18. Introduction In 1979, OCAW requested a study of the health effects from occupational exposures at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS).A cohort study revealed statistically non-significant elevated SMRs . In 2001, NIOSH was asked by DoE to conduct studies at the Paducah plant. The Universities of Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati commenced a NIOSH-funded study of the workforce through 2003. Source: Department of Energy

  19. ‘Its amazing what you can see when you look...” Yogi Berra

  20. SPHIS Partnerships • Industrial Collaborations • ATI Metalworking Products • Ford Motor Company • Kennametal Corporation • LG&E • Mary Morrow and Assoc. • VisPlex Association

  21. SPHIS Partnerships • Industrial Collaborations • ATI Metalworking Products • Ford Motor Company • Kennametal Corporation • LG&E • Mary Morrow and Assoc. • VisPlex Association

  22. SPHIS Partnerships • Louisville-based community partners • Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place • Center for Women and Families • Center for Environmental Education • Green City Partnership • Jewish, Norton, Kosair’s and University Hospitals • Jefferson County Public Schools • KY Assoc. of Health Plans • Signature Partnership: Louisville Metro Health Department

  23. SPHIS Partnerships • Louisville-based community partners • Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place • Center for Women and Families • Center for Environmental Education • Green City Partnership • Jewish, Norton, Kosair’s and University Hospitals • Jefferson County Public Schools • KY Assoc. of Health Plans • Signature Partnership: Louisville Metro Health Department

  24. SPHIS Partnerships • Louisville-based community partners • Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place • Center for Women and Families • Center for Environmental Education • Green City Partnership • Jewish, Norton, Kosair’s and University Hospitals • Jefferson County Public Schools • KY Assoc. of Health Plans • Signature Partnership: Louisville Metro Health Department

  25. Go Cards!!