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Mark Your Calendars! NCBLRDC BoD Meeting & 2018 Conference

Category : NCBLRDC , News

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

NCBLRDC Board of Director’s Meeting
HRSA Workshop

Washington, DC
March 5, 2018

NCBLRDC 2018 Conference
Pipestem, WV
June 5-June 8, 2018

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Spit it Out – West Virginia

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The Southern Coalfields Tobacco Prevention Coalition Network’s Spit It Out Program partnered with mining companies to reduce tobacco use, particularly smokeless tobacco use, in 6 counties in West Virginia’s “Coal Country.”

Watch this video to learn about their successes:

Learn more about the program here: Spit It Out Program

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Black Lung COE at UIC to host Queensland Australia’s Parliament CWP Select Committee

Category : News

The Black Lung Center of Excellence at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health will host members of the Queensland Australia’s Parliament Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP) Select Committee on February 17, 2017.

The Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP) select committee was established by the Parliament on September 15, 2016 to conduct an inquiry and report on the re-emergence of CWP amongst coal mine workers in Queensland.
Please find a link to the inquiry’s website below:

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Become a Coal Miner Ambassador!

Category : News

Coal Miner Ambassador Committee

The committee is formed to develop a system to bring advocates interested in helping coal miners learn about the federal black lung claim process to the National Conference. The coal miner advocate will assist coal miners with federal black lung claim applications or assist coal miners with the paperwork process. This person would serve as an ambassador to promote National Coalition goals and to help spread the word.

The person must have a financial need and express interest and concern for coal miners with black lung disease.


  1. Submit written summary explaining why you think your nomination should be selected by June 2017.
  2. The travel budget would be set at $1000.00.
  3. The budget would be approved yearly at the annual Board Meeting following the annual conference based on financial availability.
  4. The selected recipient of the Coal Mine Ambassador Award will be notified within 5 Days by the committee and arrangements will be made by NCBLRDC, Inc., Executive Committee.

Selection Committee Representatives Are:

  1. Anthony Warlick
  2. Dolores Weems
  3. Brenda Marion

Mail or Fax written (detailed) nominations to:
Brenda Marion
New River Breathing Center
P.O. Box 337
Scarbro, WV  25917
Fax: (304) 465-2177

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Advanced Black Lung Cases Surge In Appalachia

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“Across Appalachia, coal miners are suffering from the most serious form of the deadly mining disease black lung in numbers more than 10 times what federal regulators report, an NPR investigation has found.”

Read the full article from NPR here:

To hear more about this surge in Black Lung cases and its effects, listen to these stories that aired on WMMT Mountain Community Radio: