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UTHSC selected to administer Texas bioterrorism training grant

San Antonio (Sept. 24, 2003) — A federal grant of $459,222 will enable The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC) and partners statewide to develop new emergency preparedness training materials aimed at Texas health care providers and health professions students. The grant is from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

"We will make a positive difference for allied health professionals, high school students in health careers programs, promotoras (volunteers who promote health in medically underserved areas), and all others interested in helping Texas respond to a bioterrorism threat or any emergency or disaster that threatens public health," said Marilyn S. Harrington, Ph.D., lead investigator on the grant and dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences at UTHSC.

The grant will fund Texas CARES, or Curriculum for Allied Health Response to Emergencies. Eight-hundred allied health professionals and students will experience the 30-hour pilot curriculum. Allied health professionals include emergency medical services personnel, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, clinical laboratory scientists, dental hygienists and dental laboratory technicians.

UTHSC's partners include the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, UT Dallas, Amarillo College, Alexander and Martin high schools in Laredo, and Texas A&M University-International in Laredo. The border is an area of special interest to UTHSC investigators.

Contact: Will Sansom