Health Resources and Services Administration
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
HRSA Releases $24.5 Million in Grants to Support Poison Control Centers
The Health Resources and Services Administration has announced $24.5 million in grants to support the work of 55 poison control centers across the country.
“Poison control centers are our nation's primary defense against injury and deaths from poisonings,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “These grants help strengthen the centers' ability to carry out this life-saving work.”
The grants help poison centers provide treatment recommendations for poisonings, comply with certification requirements, and conduct evaluations of poison prevention strategies and activities.
HRSA's Poison Control Program funds the national Poison Help toll-free number, 1-800-222-1222, which provides multilingual help from trained pharmacists and nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
More than two million poisonings are reported annually to poison control centers. Over half occur among children younger than age five and more than 70 percent can be treated over the phone with guidance from trained healthcare professionals.
Grant awards are provided below.
Children's Hospital of Alabama
Banner Poison Control Center
Arizona Board of Regents
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco
Denver Health and Hospital Authority
University of Connecticut Health Center
National Capital Poison Center
University of Miami
University of Florida
Florida Health Sciences Center, Inc.
Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority
MCHC-Chicago Hospital Council
Clarian Health Partners
Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center
University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute
Norton Hospitals, Inc.
LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport
University of Maryland - Baltimore
Children's Hospital of Michigan
Hennepin County Medical Center
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
The Nebraska Medical Center
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
The Research Foundation of SUNY
Winthrop University Hospital
New York City Health & Hospitals Corp.
University of Rochester
Carolinas Medical Center
Children's Hospital Medical Center
University Hospitals of Cleveland
Nationwide Children's Hospital, Inc.
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oregon Health and Science University
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
University of South Carolina Research Foundation
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Dallas County Hospital District
R.E. Thomason General Hospital
University of Texas Medical Branch
Texas Tech University Health Sciences CE
University of Texas Health Science Center
Scott & White Memorial Hospital
University of Utah
Salt Lake City
The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington Poison Center
West Virginia University Research Corp.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Inc.
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