Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)
NIEHS has supported innovative initiatives that have built the capacity of different groups. These programs have included the NIEHS Environmental Justice, Science Education, Worker Education and Training Program, Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) in Environmental Health Sciences, and Community Outreach and Engagement Cores. These on-going activities will become a part of the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health Program (PEPH). We will also explore ways to develop new educational materials for students and teachers in grades K-12.
An exciting new opportunity exists for NIEHS to take a leadership role in training the next generation of researchers to work with communities on important environmental health problems and to develop expertise in prevention-oriented research methods. These activities include training programs at the post-doctoral fellow and junior faculty levels, which will entail intensive research experiences coupled with training in the development of outreach and education materials and active involvement in dissemination activities. In addition, opportunities exist for high school students to become engaged in community-based environmental health research through the STEER and administrative supplement programs. Career development opportunities in this area can also be accomplished through the career development program of the NIEHS Core Centers programs and that will be reemphasized.