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SPH awarded $600,000 grant

The team discusses the project with one another.
The team discusses the project with one another. Pictured from left are: Samuel Soret, PhD, assistant professor, environmental & occupational health, SPH; Seth Wiafe, MPH, teaching assistant, environmental & occupational health, SPH; David T. Dyjack, DrPH, CIH, associate dean, public health practice, SPH, associate professor & chair of department of environmental and occupational health, SPH, & principal investigator for the project; Susanne Montgomery, PhD, professor, health promotion & education, SPH; and Johanny Brito, administrative assistant.
The School of Public Health, in partnership with the Riverside County department of public health, received a $600,000, three-year National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) grant to create and operate an educational resource center. The main goal of the new center, called the Southern Pacific Environmental Resource Center, is to provide Native Americans with technical and administrative assistance on environmental health service delivery issues.“This grant provides an opportunity to demonstrate that public-private partnerships, such as that between Riverside County Health Department and the School of Public Health, can provide value-added services to our citizens in a manner and quality not achievable by each partner institution operating in isolation,” explains David T. Dyjack, DrPH, CIH, associate dean, public health practice, SPH; associate professor and chair of department of environmental and occupational health, SPH; and principal investigator for the project. The grant will ultimately service Native Americans in eight states: Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Hawaii. SPH and Riverside County department of public health will assist in delivering 10 essential environmental health services: 1) monitor health status, 2) diagnose and investigate environmental health-related health problems, 3) educate and empower people about environmental health, 4) mobilize community to identify and solve environmental health issues, 5) develop policies and plans in support of environmental health, 6) enforce laws and regulations, 7) link people to environmental health services, 8) assure competent workforce, 9) evaluate service effectiveness, and 10) research for new insights and innovative solutions.In addition to Dr. Dyjack, the team includes co-investigators Samuel Soret, PhD, assistant professor, environmental & occupational health, SPH; Seth Wiafe, MPH, teaching assistant, environmental & occupational health, SPH; Susanne Montgomery, PhD, professor, health promotion & education, SPH; Johanny Brito, administrative assistant; Hal Marlow, PhD, professor, environmental health, SPH; and key partner Steve Uhlman, JD, REHS, CIH, of Riverside County department of public health.Overall, there were five funded schools in different regions: University of Washington (Northwest), University of Alabama (Southeast), Johns Hopkins University (Northeast), University of Minnesota (Midwest), and Loma Linda University (Southwest).

TODAY news for Thursday, October 7, 2004