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.