Overview of the NIOSH Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program – Anita L. Wolfe

Presentation Abstract
The NIOSH CWHSP is a congressionally-mandated medical examination surveillance program for monitoring the health of coal miners.   The CWHSP responds specifically to the mandates set forth by the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act to protect the health and safety of coal miners.  In addition, the ACT directed NIOSH to study the causes and consequences of coal-related respiratory disease and, in cooperation with MSHA, to carry out a program for early detection and prevention of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP).  Data collected through the CWHSP are intended to facilitate preventive actions, through the derivation of representative current estimates of occupational lung disease in relation to coal mining in the U.S. and by increasing miners’ participation in the surveillance program in order to enable early detection of dust-related lung disease.  The principal outcome of the CWHSP is specific information detailing the prevalence, trends, and patterns of pneumoconiosis in U.S. coal miners.
Speaker Biography
 Anita Wolfe is a Public Health Analyst and the Program Coordinator for the Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located in Morgantown, WV.  Her soon to be 40 year Federal career started at the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) where she served as a Mine Safety and Compliance Officer.  For the past 38 years she has worked for NIOSH, with the past 18 years in the CWHSP.  Anita is a third generation coal miners’ daughter and has been a West Virginia native all her life.  She is a strong advocate and friend of the coal mining community.
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