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$2.7 Million Grant Will Help Prepare Health Workers

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (October 24, 2005)--The University of Minnesota’s schools of nursing and public health have received a $2.7 million federal grant to educate and train healthcare workers in emergency preparedness, tailoring efforts to the unique needs of specific Minnesota communities as they prepare for a public health emergency or bioterrorism event.

The grant was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Goals of the project are to reduce disease and injury by involving the public health system early in an emergency and by making sure the various health care providers and government units coordinate their efforts. The project will involve organizations from all over the state in an effort called Minnesota Emergency Readiness Education and Training (MERET), which will train approximately 10,000 Minnesota health workers in the next three years, using workshops, speakers, Web casts, videos, and CD-ROMs.

Full Article: http://www.ahc.umn.edu/news/releases/emergencies102405/home.html

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