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The Great Lakes Center of Excellence in Environmental Health

Health Hazard Evaluation

Environmental Health Hazard Evaluations: The Center and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) currently have an agreement to coordinate in the performance of Health Hazard Evaluations, but up until now, have only had funds to perform such evaluations with support from an interested party. The Great Lakes Center of Excellence in Environmental Health program now allows local public health agencies to request assistance from the Center to perform comprehensive environmental health hazard investigations. The Center and IDPH will triage these requests according to the capabilities of the Center and IDPH, and the potential benefits to the public health of the affected parties and the regional community. The evaluations will also serve to provide public health agency personnel with education and experience that they might not otherwise receive.

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The Center would provide assistance to the local public health agencies by donating a reasonable amount of its expertise, equipment, and field assistance to the requesting agency. It is estimated that the Center could perform one to three health hazard evaluations in the first year of this program. If the investigation is research oriented, additional financial assistance or non-HHE financial assistance may also be requested under the following program:

Health Department Pilot Research Grants Program: the Great Lakes Center of Excellence in Environmental Health program will implement a pilot research grants program designed to support local health departments in research involving the recognition and response to public health issues. The goal is to promote community-based intervention research. Development of research partnerships between public health agencies, individuals, and other institutions is encouraged. The Center is also available to assist in developing and performing research in partnership with a local health agency for organizations that have not conducted such work in the past. The public health agencies will submit short applications for research funding, and these applications will be reviewed by a research committee for merit once per year. Note: Research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by a federally approved review board before fund awards will be released.

For more information about these two initiatives, please contact:

Salvatore Cali, Industrial Hygienist and Project Coordinator
The Great Lakes Center of Excellence in Environmental Health
School of Public Health
2121 West Taylor St. (M/C 922)
Chicago, IL 60612-7260
Phone: 312-996-5722
E-mail: scali@uic.edu. (Inquiries by e-mail preferred).