In 2014, the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) at the UIC School of Public Health with funding through grant number U3ARH27243 from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS established the Black Lung Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence was tasked to develop and coordinate a database for the storage of clinical information on current and former miners treated at participating Black Lung Clinics Program (BLCP) sites.
The Black Lung Clinical Research Database was created to address the need to elucidate the impact the broader spectrum of respiratory disease. The purpose of the database is the collection and evaluation of medical data of miners at risk for a variety of illnesses due to workplace exposures including: dust, noise, fumes and chemicals.
The database is a secured to provide the centralized collection, analysis and management of current and former miner total worker health data. It also provides the analysis of occupational health measure to support the development of policies and promote effective practices for future funding of Black Lung programming.
The database will utilize the Research Electronic Data Capture (REDcap) application at the University of Illinois at Chicago for data collection. Access to the database is password protected and UIC Institutional Review Board approved. The Center of Excellence anticipated rollout of the database is Fall 2015.