Black Lung Center of Excellence

Black Lung Center of Excellence

The University of Illinois at Chicago with funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), partnered with National Jewish Health in 2014 to establish the Black Lung Center of Excellence (BLCOE).

The Black Lung Center of Excellence was established to address the needs of Health Resources and Service Administration’s Black Lung Clinics Program. Health care professionals who work with coal miners may be unaware of the changing patterns and severity of Coal Mine Dust Lung Disease (CMDLD) which puts miners at risk for increased morbidity and mortality due to undiagnosed, undertreated respiratory disease.

The goal of our program is to provide the highest level of medical expertise in medical surveillance, screening, diagnosis, treatment and medical-legal services to providers, clinics, advocacy organizations and governmental agencies whose main goal is to care for coal miners.

The goals of the Black Lung Center of Excellence are:

  • Outreach and education to miners, clinic and legal providers.
  • Providing technical assistance to BLCP grantees, HRSA and other governmental agencies.