Black Lung Clinic Program Evaluation

Dates: 2007-2009

States: Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

Client(s): HRSA - Office of Rural Health Policy

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Health Systems Transformation

Technical Expertise: Aging, Environmental Health


The Black Lung Clinic Program (BLCP), under the auspices of HRSA's Office of Rural Health Policy, was established to provide support for health clinics to evaluate and treat coal miners with respiratory impairments. Located in 11 states throughout the Mid-Atlantic and the East North Central portion of the Midwest, BLCP-funded clinics provide unique pulmonary and respiratory care as well as outreach and education through 16 community-based organizations.

The goals of the project were to 1) determine the number and location of current and retired miners living in the US, and 2) conduct a general program assessment, including an in-depth cost study. Through these efforts, the Office of Rural Health Policy gained important information that will help them improve outreach efforts, guide grantee technical assistance activities, and ultimately, improve the overall quality of services to the target population.