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Stakeholder Community Workshop - July 12-14, 2011

New Strategic Plan

  • Attendees of the Stakeholder Community Workshop
  • David S. Miller, Ph.D., getting down to work at the Stakeholder Community Workshop
  • Attendees of the Stakeholder Community Workshop, working at the bulletin board
  • Trevor Archer, Ph.D. contributing to the discussion
  • Attendees arranging concepts from contributors
  • Attendees sharing ideas
  • Attendees discussing the day over a cup of coffee
  • Attendees discussing ideas
  • Richard Woychik, Ph.D. contributing to the discussions
  • Christopher Long making notes
  • Attendees contributing to discussion
  • Darryl Zeldin, M.D. collaborating with fellow attendees
  • Richard Kwok, Ph.D. marking concepts at the meeting
  • Dr. Birnbaum closing out the workshop with a song

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Scientific passion and visionary ideas took center stage at the Stakeholder Community Workshop.  The NIEHS received an outpouring of interest in the workshop—nearly 700 scientists, environmental health advocates, academics, research administrators, policy professionals, and communicators were nominated for participation! The workshop involved nearly 200 participants. The NIEHS greatly appreciates this tremendous show of support and acknowledges the broad-based interest in the future of environmental health research. We send a sincere “thank you” to all of the nominees and those who submitted their thoughtful nominations. We experienced an exciting event where big thinkers explored big ideas, and laid the groundwork for a plan to move environmental health forward with NIEHS leading the way.

Moving Environmental Health Forward: Insights and Opportunities - Foreword

To the Participants at the NIEHS Stakeholder Community Workshop:

Please accept my deepest appreciation for your outstanding work at the Stakeholder Community Workshop that was just concluded. Thanks to your participation, we had an energetic and productive meeting. I will never forget the opening moments of the creation of our “agenda wall” in which dozens of exciting ideas were advanced for discussion! The discussions themselves were wide-ranging and informative. I heard many people comment on how much they were learning from interacting with the many different viewpoints represented in the meeting.

As we closed the meeting, we were just beginning the task of identifying strategic themes, by coalescing and aggregating all the various ideas that had been discussed and reported. During the next phase of the Strategic Planning process, our main task will be to continue the building of these themes, incorporating not only the ideas generated at the Workshop, but also the input we received from our Visionary Ideas website. The reports from the Stakeholder Community Workshop will go up on the NIEHS website for public review before the beginning of August. Later this fall, we will pull from all the collected material to create our draft mission, vision, and Strategic Goals at a smaller workshop planned for sometime in October.

It is our commitment to strive for maximum transparency during this process, so we hope you will continue to be engaged and to check for updates at our Strategic Planning website.

Again, thank you so very much for your demonstrated commitment to NIEHS and its work. I know that together, we can look forward to an exciting new era of scientific opportunity and advances in environmental health.


Linda S. Birnbaum

Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S Director,

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program

Consultant's Notes

Reports of Discussions

Priority Topics

The 97 discussion reports were voted on by participants as to which they had the greatest personal energy (5 votes per person). The reports that received the most votes became priority topics around which participants clustered the remaining reports. Thirteen clusters were formed. A participant volunteered to convene a breakout discussion for each of these emergent priority clusters and to create a report including discussion highlights and identification of a “recommended strategic goal.” Thirteen reports were submitted from these breakouts, which follow in this section.


Recommended Strategic Goals

Of the 13 Priority Topics, 12 recommended strategic goals were posted for voting and participants were given another 5 sticky dots to vote on them. (Two of the recommended strategic goals were related to exposure. Only one of them was posted for voting so as not to split the vote, although there is a report for both included here).

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