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MacArthur Fellow Janine Jagger to Speak at Moravian

Epidemiologist Will Address Health-Care Worker Safety

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – The only MacArthur Fellow to come from the higher education institutions of the Lehigh Valley will return to her alma mater, Moravian College, to speak with the campus community on Monday, March 3.

Janine Jagger received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2002 in recognition of her path-breaking work in improving safety standards for health-care workers around the world.

At Moravian, she will meet with senior nursing students and faculty and address the campus community as part of the Alfred T. Williams Leadership Forum. She also will participate in a discussion on public health issues with senior staff members of St. Luke’s and Lehigh Valley Hospitals.

Carol D. Henn ’68, moderator for the forum

Jagger is the Becton Dickinson Professor of Health Care Worker Safety at the University of Virginia, where she founded and directs the International Health Care Worker Safety Center at the university’s School of Medicine. As early as 1985, she began to chart relationships between needlestick injuries and the incidence of transmissible disease among health-care workers, collecting raw data from hospitals and other health agencies to assess psychological damage as well as the transmission of AIDS, hepatitis, and other bloodborne diseases. By the early 1990’s, she and a team of researchers had determined that many needlestick injuries were less the fault of careless medical personnel than of poorly designed needles and other common clinical tools.

Her team now holds patents on six newly designed tools for obtaining blood. She also directed development of the Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet), an on-line tracking system for health-care worker exposure data, to which more than 1,500 American and foreign hospitals subscrine.

Joe Merola’64 addresses forum attendees about about public health issues

Jagger was instrumental in passage of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (2000), an amendment and update to the bloodborne pathogen standards of a 1970 Occupational Health and Safety Administration law.

At Moravian College, from which she graduated in 1972, she majored in psychology. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh (1974) and a Ph.D. in epidemiology (1987) from the University of Virginia, where she has been a member of the medical school faculty since 1978.

Her honors include a Distinguished Inventor Award (1988) from Intellectual Property Owners and the Henderson Inventor of the Year Award (1996) from the University of Virginia Patent Foundation, as well as an Excellence in Research Award (1998) from the Association of Operating Room Nurses.

Below is a schedule of Jagger visit to Moravian College on March 3. For additional information, please call Michael Wilson at 610 861-1365.


Janine Jagger’s Schedule at Moravian College
Monday, March 3, 2003

  • Breakfast with Moravian College nursing students. 7:30-8:30 a.m., Haupert Union Building.
  • Public Health Forum. 9:30-11:00 a.m., third floor, Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex.

    Jagger will speak on "Caring for the Caregivers: Making the Health-Care Setting a Safer Place to Work."

    Dr. Joseph C.L. Merola ’64, chief of obstetrics and gynecology, St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem, and Dr. Mark J. Young, chair of the Department of Community Health and Health Studies, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, will comment on community health perspectives.

    Moderator: Carol Dean Henn ’68, executive director, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, Allentown.
  • Alfred T. Williams Jr. Leadership Program. 4:00 p.m., Haupert Union Building. Jagger will review her work from the 1988 redesign concept to the impact of national legislation and “the last frontier: protecting health-care workers in developing countries.”