Black Lung Program
Purpose: The purpose of the program is to serve miners (active and inactive) with what is categorically termed Black Lung Disease. Black lung program provides medical evaluation, treatment services, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Program also provide educational programs to help respiratory disease patients and their families cope with their disease, improve their breathing and endurance, and improve the quality of their lives. The program made available through a grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Mission : The Black
Lung Clinics Program is authorized under Title IV of the Federal Coal
Mine Health and Safety Act which authorizes:
services that minimize the effects of respiratory impairments in coal miners and others with occupational related respiratory disease;
specific diagnostic and treatment procedures required in the management of problems associated with Black Lung disease, which improve the quality of life of clinic patients and reduce economic costs associated with morbidity arising from respiratory disease
an array of services including outreach, screening and diagnosis, education, rehabilitation, treatment, and benefits counseling.