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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 10/21/98
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Special Program Educates Health Care Professionals on the Health Effects of Fernald

Cincinnati--Local health care professionals are invited to an educational program on the health effects that the Fernald Feeds Materials Processing Plant has on former workers and residents of the nearby area. Sponsored by the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR), and Mercy Health Partners, the program will be held on November 7 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Mercy Center for Health and Wellness in Fairfield.

The conference includes speakers from the College of Medicine, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and ATSDR. Medical professionals will learn about the history of radiation and toxic exposure at Fernald, the health effects that the exposure may cause, and the available resources and services for health care professionals and patients like the Fernald Medical Monitoring Program conducted by UCís Department of Internal Medicine.

"Many health care providers in the area were not in Cincinnati when Fernald was operational," says Susan Pinney, PhD, associate professor and director of medical surveillance at UCís Center for Occupational Health. "They do not know about the radiation and toxic exposure that former employees and residents received. This program is designed to educate them on what happened at Fernald and help them understand the potential health problems that their patients may have."

The program costs $10. Registration must be returned by November 4. Physicians can receive seven hours of Category 1 Continuing Medical Education units, and an application has been submitted for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for nurses. For information about the program, call (513) 584-4028.


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