The Center for Health Hazards Preparedness (CHHP) received a $2.3 million grant in February, 2009 for 18 months, with an option to apply for an additional $2.3 million, 18 month extension. The grant was awarded by the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS), based out of Somerset, Kentucky.
The grant, co-led by Drs. Paul McKinney and Ruth Carrico will fund five collaborative research projects aimed at detection, preparedness, protection, response and recovery involving future disease outbreaks. The projects will seek ways to detect a pandemic more quickly and disseminate that information to community leaders and health care workers so that emergency plans can be implemented right away and appropriate steps can be taken to minimize the transmission of disease. To learn more, visit the project website: http://www.prepareky.com/.
The Center for Health Hazards Preparedness (CHHP) at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences has also received extramural funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Awarded in August 2002, a CDC Cooperative Agreement (Ronald Atlas, PhD, Principal Investigator) established the CHHP as a coordinator for research, education, and service on the early recognition and response to potential acts of biological terrorism in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and surrounding states.
A cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program (BTCDP) expanded the CHHP continuing education program. “Preparing Health Professions to Respond to Bioterrorism” (W. Paul McKinney, MD, Principal Investigator) was funded in September 2003 and the project was awarded a three-year continuation in September 2006. In April 2007, the BTCDP was moved to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
Under this initiative, U of L collaborated with the University of Kentucky to develop innovative continuing education for professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, allied health, public health, healthcare administration, dentistry, pharmacy, mental health, agriculture and veterinary medicine. This project addressed the reality that a vast network of responders is required to stabilize a community in cases of terrorism or disaster.