In late February, Jefferson program managers returned to Romania as part of an effort to develop a proposal to seek major funding to expand Jefferson's international program in Romania.
With the work from the original USAID grant ending in October, Romanian officials immediately asked Jefferson to return to continue and expand the effort. That led to Jefferson drawing up an expanded funding proposal, says Lance L. Simpson, PhD.
The proposal would continue efforts in occupational and environmental medicine as well as add certain services in preventive medicine and public health, says Dr. Simpson.
"Those areas make very nice partners," Dr. Simpson explains. "What we envision is a whole spectrum of activities, from creating policies and procedures that lead to a safe workplace, to establishing a nursing school and comprehensive retraining for every occupational medicine physician in Romania."