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Environmental Factor, September 2012

NIEHS launches five-year Strategic Plan

By Eddy Ball

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

2012-2017 NIEHS Strategic Plan Cover

With an Aug. 1 editorial in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., officially launched the Institute’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2012/9/spotlight-strategic/file80382.pdf) (7MB)

In the editorial, (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1289/ehp.1205642) Birnbaum made a point of emphasizing the collective ownership of the plan, and the input of hundreds of stakeholders, from scientists to public health advocates, that shaped its fresh vision and focused goals. As NIEHS prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, Birnbaum explained, the Institute has evolved to meet the new challenges of the environmental health sciences, building upon the accomplishments of the past.

“The NIEHS has come a long way in making environmental health research responsive to the needs and concerns of the American people — to make environmental health part of the public health debate,” Birnbaum wrote. “This continues to be a source of motivation and purpose for NIEHS staff and our research partners.”

The strategic plan process was officially launched March 1, 2011 in a meeting at NIEHS with Deputy Director Rick Woychik, Ph.D., and Sheila Newton, Ph.D., director of the Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, discussing online resources for contributing ideas for the plan. These included an interactive website called Visionary Ideas, where people could post their big-picture ideas about the strategic plan and vote to agree, disagree, or comment on ideas posted by others.




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