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Your Environment. Your Health.

Strengthening a Dynamic Environmental Public Health Network for Tomorrow: Advancing science through critical reflection

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health
March 7-8, 2012
Bethesda, Maryland


  1. Promote interactions among grantees from across different grant programs
  2. Facilitate group learning that can be applied to ongoing projects
  3. Advance our common understanding of PEPH mission and goals
  4. Share and learn from past experiences
  5. Enhance the capacity of participants in PEPH-related areas
  6. Identify next steps for grantees and NIEHS to advance scientific approaches


NIEHS launched the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) program in 2008 to coordinate and integrate new and existing initiatives involving communities and scientists collaborating on environmental public health research. As a network, PEPH brings together scientists, community members, educators, healthcare providers, public health officials, and policy makers in advancing the impact of environmental public health research at the local, regional, and national level.

NIEHS hosted the inaugural PEPH meeting in April 2010 to bring together many of the PEPH grantees for the first time ever. The PEPH 2012 meeting will again convene the PEPH grantees to further advance the work that they do in the realm of environmental public health, specifically as it relates to research translation, capacity building, and communication. The PEPH model has had success in breaking down programmatic silos and stimulating conversations among grantees; however, there remains more work to strengthen this network of projects across the country. In addition, as part of the meeting, we will seek to enhance our connections with other partners in these areas to advance an environmental public health network that meets the needs of the communities we serve.


The meeting will consist of a series of group discussions on focused topic areas related to three themes: Research Translation, Capacity Building and Communication. There will be an opening plenary session of leaders in the field to kick-off the meeting, poster sessions, and group discussions. In addition, there will be training institutes led by NIEHS staff and grantees. For more information please refer to the meeting welcome and agenda.

Meeting Agenda:

Final agenda (501KB) and Breakout Session Descriptions (822KB).

On March 6th, the NIEHS and EPA funded Centers for Children’s Environmental Health are hosting a Children’s Environmental Health Symposium focused on strengthening the network. The PEPH program and the Centers for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention share a common commitment to community engagement and the translation of research that can be used to improve public health. All are welcome to attend. For meeting details and registration information, please visit the Children's Environmental Health Meeting page.

The Research to Action grantees will also be meeting on March 6th. Please refer to the agenda (538KB) for additional details.


  • NIEHS Grantees (past or present) and their community partners that are a part of the following programs:
    • Environmental Justice
    • Community Participation in Research
    • Research to Action
    • Breast Cancer and Environment Research Program: Community Outreach and Translation Cores
    • Superfund Research Program: Community Engagement Cores & Research Translation Cores
    • EHS Core Centers: Community Outreach and Engagement Cores
    • Centers for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention: Community Outreach and Translation Cores & Community Engagement Projects
    • Worker Education and Training Program
    • ARRA: Capacity Building
    • ARRA: Environmental Health Curriculum Development
    • ARRA: Community-Linked Infrastructure
    • Obesity and the Built Environment
    • Partners in Research
    • Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia
  • NIEHS grantees and their community partners with an interest in environmental public health
  • Foundations
  • Federal Agencies
  • State and local agencies
  • Researchers, community residents, health care professionals, and others with an interest in environmental public health issues.


Justin Crane
Tel 919-794-4702
Fax 919-287-2901

Meeting sponsors:

Sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Partnerships for Environmental Public Health

American Disabilities Act Accommodations Requests

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation to participate in this event should contact Justin Crane at 919-794-4702 or TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event.

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