Rutgers School of Public Health faculty, Dr. Mitchel Rosen, has received a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) grant, “Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training.” The one-year $50,000 supplemental award will continue to support biohazard and infectious disease training conducted at the Center for Public Health Workforce Development, which Dr. Rosen directs.
The NIEHS Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training Program supports the development and implementation of occupational safety and health and infection control training programs for workers in health care and non-health care settings who may be at risk of exposure to infectious diseases. At the Rutgers School of Public Health, Dr. Rosen and the Center for Public Health Workforce Development, provide continued training to the public health workforce and first responders.
Utilizing the supplemental funds, Rutgers will collaborate with the New Jersey Department of Health to develop five videos and corresponding resource materials to help train the public health workforce in infectious disease investigations. The training videos will be created based on the existing NJDOH Basic Disease Investigator Course. The videos and resources will enable public health professionals to increase their knowledge of the basic investigation protocols, as well as understand essential actions that need to take place during an infectious disease outbreak. Rutgers partners with New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), World Cares Center (WCC), and Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) to meet training needs across Region 2. NYCOSH will provide infectious disease training for nail salon workers, enabling them to understand critical information on infectious disease. The course provides workers essential safety and health information so they remain safe on the job. WCC will train participants in response and recovery methods including donning and doffing personal protective equipment, emotional resiliency, and managing a volunteer reception center. The focus of the courses will remain on Resiliency, Zika and Ebola, but be applicable to other infectious disease situations that may be encountered. UMET will provide Leptospirosis training to municipal public works and emergency response workers, waste management employees, communities and NGOs involved in response and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
“The Center for Public Health Workforce Development has provided infectious disease training to hundreds of workers across our Region,” comments Dr. Rosen. “This funding allows us to reach new target audiences, and expand the impact of the training provided through our Center.”