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Office of Policy, Planning, & Evaluation

The Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation supports the NIEHS Director and other senior Institute staff in describing and interpreting programs and research of the Institute to Congress, scientific and public health communities, and the public. The office serves as liaison between Congressional staff and various government, health, and science agencies and organizations to inform Institute activities and to ensure NIEHS accessibility and responsiveness to the public.


The Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation performs these key functions:


  • Evaluation of program goals and performance
  • Implementation and management of new program initiatives
  • Interpretation and dissemination of new legislation relevant to the NIEHS mission
  • Management of NIEHS program information in the annual appropriations process
  • Liaison to NIH, HHS, PHS, and national committees and initiatives
  • Communications support for the Director, NIEHS, and senior staff


Sheila A. Newton, Ph.D., Director, Office of Policy, Planning, & Evaluation
Sheila Newton, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Policy, Planning & Evaluation
Tel 919-541-4343
Fax 919-316-4911
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop B2-06
Durham, N.C. 27709

Office of Policy, Planning, & Evaluation Staff

Kelly Chandler
Kelly J. Chandler, Ph.D.
Health Science Policy Analyst

Tel 919-943-5426
Bill Jirles
Bill Jirles, M.P.H.
Program Analyst

Tel 984-287-3274
Fax 301-480-2960
Kimberly Thigpen Tart, J.D.
Kimberly Thigpen Tart, J.D., M.P.H.
Program Analyst

Tel 984-287-3326