NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- May 27, 2012
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.