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Nearly $4 million awarded to GW School of Public Health and Health Services researchers
Date:9/27/2013

s in primary care, and the expanded use of health information technologies, are improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the workforce.

The research conducted by the new center aims to find ways to solve challenges related to the workforce that play a role in access, quality of care and the cost of health care, Pittman says.

In the second, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded SPHHS a $1.3 million grant to study end-stage kidney disease and kidney cancer among autoworkers exposed to potentially harmful chemicals used on the job. The 4-year study will look at whether exposure to metalworking fluids used in cutting and grinding operations in auto plants could harm kidney cells and lead to end stage renal disease and kidney cancer. There has been very little research on occupational exposures and harm to the kidneys yet these organs constantly filter the blood and thus are vulnerable to damage from chemicals, including those used in the workplace, says Kate Applebaum, ScD, MSPH, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and principal investigator for the project.

The study will look at over 46,000 autoworkers and will include more than 60 years of follow up to find cases of renal disease and kidney cancer, thus making it one of the largest investigations of this issue. "The goal of our project is to advance the knowledge of how these exposures influence multiple adverse outcomes of the kidneys," Applebaum says. "In addition to autoworkers, there are many other occupational groups that use similar fluids. We need to understand the health impact on those exposed and minimize preventable risks." The grant was awarded by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which is part of the CDC.

In the third, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded SPHHS approximately $750,000 to develop a user-friendly web tool that would help communities understand h
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Contact: Kathy Fackelmann
kfackelmann@gwu.edu
202-994-8354
George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
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