U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration
Thursday, July 01, 2010

HRSA Awards $7 Million to Fund Black Lung Clinics

The Health Resources and Services Administration today announced more than $7 million to hospitals and other health care entities to help coal miners with black lung disease.  The grants, funded through the Office of Rural Health Policy, will improve the health status of coal workers by providing services to minimize the effects of respiratory and pulmonary impairments of coal miners.  

“Black Lung Clinics help coal miners with respiratory ailments regain quality of life by teaching them ways to improve their breathing and endurance,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “Early diagnosis and medical care can often make a difference in the lives of the patients and their families.”

These 15 grants--awarded to state health departments, health care organizations and hospitals--provide services to coal miners, whether they are currently involved in mining or not. Services are available to patients and their families regardless of their ability to pay.

Services include:

  • Outreach and education,
  • Primary care (including screening, diagnosis and treatment),
  • Patient and family education and counseling (including anti-smoking education),
  • Patient care and coordination (including individual patient care plans for all patients and referrals, and
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation.

The grants listed below were awarded through a competitive process:




Birmingham Health Care for the Homeless CoalitionBirminghamAla.


National Jewish Hospital & Research CenterDenverColo.


Shawnee Health ServiceCartervilleIll.


Cook County HospitalChicagoIll.


Coal Miners Respiratory Clinic of GreenvilleGreenvilleKy.


Mountain Comprehensive Health Corp.WhitesburgKy.


Miner's Colfax Medical CenterRatonN.M.


Ohio Department of HealthColumbusOhio


Altoona HospitalAltoonaPa.


Alveoli CorporationCanonsburgPa.


Centerville Clinics Inc.FredericktownPa.


Regional Education and Community Health ServicesLaFolletteTenn.


St. Charles Health Council Inc.St. CharlesVa.


West Virginia Department of Health & Human ResourcesCharlestonW.Va.


Northwest Community Action ProgramWorlandWyo.


Total: $7,046,685


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