Tulane gets $18.7M for environmental health

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Associated Press

Posted on May 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is getting $18.7 million for two multiyear environmental health projects designed to help Gulf Coast residents affected by the 2010 BP oil spill.

Using $15 million from BP PLC's settlement of class-action medical claims, the school plans a five-year effort to set up a network of environmental health experts to help primary-care doctors in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Dr. Maureen Lichtveld (LICHT-felt) says the school also will train health workers in environmental health and disaster preparedness.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation awarded Lichtveld $3.7 million for a three-year project to learn how much seafood people in different Louisiana communities eat. That will give them a risk baseline to assesse dangers after environmental disasters.

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