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Home Care Curriculum Recognized at Annual Science Awards

April 30, 2015

The developers of a curriculum that promotes safety for home care workers and consumers have received an honorable mention from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Annual Science Awards.

The curriculum, Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others, was a runner up for the Alice Hamilton Award, honoring excellence in technical and instructional materials. The seven-module curriculum is available on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Maureen Sheahan, a former PHI Midwest Training & Organizational Development Specialist, was one of the five co-creators of the curriculum, which was developed for NIOSH.

“I am proud to have developed this curriculum with such a wonderful team of women,” Sheahan said. “My experience working on home care curricula for PHI Michigan was instrumental in strengthening Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others.”

According to the CDC website, the curriculum teaches home care workers to “recognize hazards commonly encountered in home care workplaces and apply practical solutions to manage risks and improve safety.”

The Alice Hamilton Award is named for the first woman faculty member at Harvard University. A pioneer in the field of toxicology, Hamilton published several landmark studies calling attention to dangerous workplace environments.

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