Miners walk into the mobile health clinic as it makes a stop in Morgantown, WV.
Miners walk into the mobile health clinic as it makes a stop in Morgantown, WV. [NIOSH]

Mobile Health Unit Screening For Black Lung In Eastern Ohio

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A mobile health clinic is touring different coal towns in Ohio to help miners find out if they have black lung disease. The goal is to detect the disease early before it gets worse.

Miners will be able to walk into a large trailer and receive a chest exam, a breathing test and more to see if they have black lung.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown believes this type of outreach, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control, is vital for miners’ health.

“Because it’s one of the most dangerous jobs in America, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health needs to engage the way they are with these mine units,” he said.

The Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program says early detection is key to stopping black lung before it progresses. Miners diagnosed with black lung would have the opportunity to apply for a transfer. But all results from the mobile unit are confidential.

Screening Locations:

Rural King
1203 Front Street, SW, New Philadelphia, OH
Friday, August 10
7 am – 7 pm

Cambridge City Park
Corner of Edgeworth Avenue and N 8th Street
Cambridge, OH
Monday, August 13
8 am – 7 pm

Zanesville North End Walmart
2850 Maple Avenue, Zanesville, OH
Tuesday, August 14
8 am – 8 pm

Woodsfield City Municipal Building
221 S. Main Street, Woodsfield, OH
Wednesday, August 15
8 am – 7 pm

Buckingham Mine #6, Buckingham Coal Co.
14755 Township Highway 295, Corning, OH
Thursday, August 16
5 am – 6 pm

Athens Walmart
929 E. State Street, Athens, OH
Friday, August 17
8 am – 7 pm