Rural Health Black Lung/Coal Miner Clinics Program

Program Overview

This program is authorized by Section 427(a) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, as amended.  The Black Lung/Coal Miner Clinics Program (BLCP) has two components: the Black Lung Clinics Grant Program (BLCGP) and the Black Lung Centers of Excellence (BLCE). HRSA/ORHP supports projects that seek to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with occupationally-related coal mine dust lung disease. This is accomplished through two strategies: the provision of direct services and strengthening the public health infrastructure to ensure the safety and health of the nation's coal miners. The latter includes not only providing technical assistance to entities providing direct services, but also strengthening the capacity and the knowledge base of the larger medical community and the public. The BLCGP seeks to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with occupationally-related coal mine dust lung disease. The program will support projects that demonstrate a clear target population, community need, and provision of the following services, in consultation with a board-certified pulmonologist or internal medicine/family medicine practitioner who has experience in the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory diseases; education and outreach; medical case management (patient care coordination), compensation counseling; Department of Labor (DOL) medical exams in accordance with the authorizing legislation; and other treatments that may relieve symptoms. Specific emphasis is placed on quality service delivery through the provision of care that is timely, effective, patient-centered, and coordinated, ultimately leading to improved health outcomes.  


Both the BLCGP and the BLCE funding opportunities are open to any state or public or private entity that meets the requirements of the particular program. This includes faith-based and community-based organizations as well as federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations. Applicant organizations that are Federally Recognized Tribe/s or Organization/s are eligible to apply, if all proposed grant activities are to be conducted within Federally recognized Tribal areas. Preference will be given to a state applicant over an individual entity in the same state. New state applicants must provide assurance that they will continue to provide services to miners and their families served under the previous state grantee whose project period is ending, and funding should not be used to supplant existing services provided by an applicant.


Nadia Ibrahim at or 301-443-5490



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