The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) has approved a $62,000 grant to the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s (UNTHSC) School of Public Health to assess radiological preparedness in the state of Texas.
Dr. David Sterling, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, is serving as Principal Investigator on this grant. Participating as Co-Investigators with Dr. Sterling are UNTHSC Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences assistant professors Dr. Joon Hak-Lee and Dr. Terry Gratton.
This project will identify the points of contact of entities across Texas possessing radiological detection equipment issued by the TDSHS and obtain survey information concerning their knowledge and preparedness for a response. Additionally, this project will assist in identifying whether a gap exists between the expected/best practices and the current status in radiological emergency preparedness of local health departments and other agencies and what might be necessary to fill the identified gap.