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    OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The first six members have been named to an advisory board of the Hanford Health Information Network, an information clearinghouse for people who may have been exposed to radiation released from the Hanford nuclear reservation, the Washington State Department of Health said today.
    The six include two physicians, a public health nurse and representatives of organizations of people who may have been affected by releases of radiation from the Hanford site between the late 1940s and mid-1960s.  They were appointed by the three states' top health officials.
    "Each of the individuals has a genuine commitment to addressing health concerns related to Hanford," said Washington State Health Secretary Kristine M. Gebbie.  "They have the experience and expertise to effectively advise the project's resource center."
    The six are:
    -- Dick Belsey, M.D., a professor of pathology and associate professor of medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland;
    -- Gertrude Hanson, chair of the Citizens Against Nuclear Weapons and Extermination, a public interest group based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho;
    -- Judith Jurji, president of the Hanford Downwinders Coalition and a resident of Seattle;
    -- George Schneider Jr., M.D., a Spokane pathologist and former president of the Washington State Medical Association;
    -- Lynne Stembridge, executive director of the Hanford Education Action League and a resident of Spokane, Wash.; and
    -- Terry Woolston, R.N., a public health nurse and program coordinator of the Umatilla County Health Department in Pendleton, Ore.
    The seventh member of the Advisory Board, who will represent tribal interest, will be selected by the Tribal Advisory Board.
    The project is a cooperative effort among the state health agencies in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.  Each state will have at least one Network service center to serve the public and health care providers with information on health effects of radiation exposure. People exposed to radiation released from Hanford will be given referrals for counseling, education and other support services.
    In addition, a confidential medical information archive will be established for people who may want to submit their experiences for a permanent record.
    The resource center, which will develop informational materials and plans for the project's operation, will be operated by an independent contractor selected through competitive bidding.  It is expected to begin work in early 1992.
    Advisory boards will serve the main resource center, each state's service center, and a tribal program.  Ad hoc committees will be established to work on special issues.
    Residents of area communities in the area have been involved with planning the program since Congress last year designated $5 million for the project.
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    NOTE TO EDITORS:  Each of the advisory board members is available for interviews.  They are:
    Dick Belsey, M.D., Portland, Ore., 503-494-5756
    Gertrude Hanson, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 208-667-9389
    Judith Jurji, Seattle, 206-547-1021
    George Schneider Jr., M.D., Spokane, Wash., 509-624-0151
    Lynne Stembridge, Spokane, Wash., 509-326-3370
    Terry Woolston, R.N., Pendleton, Ore., 503-276-3211
    /CONTACT: Connie Revell of Oregon Health Division, 503-229-5806; Ann Kirkwood of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, 208-334-5500; or Dean R. Owen of Washington State Department of Health, 206-753-3934/ CO:  Hanford; Washington State Department of Health ST:  Washington, Idaho, Oregon IN:  HEA SU: JH-SC -- SE001 -- 0201 11/01/91 12:01 EST
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