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Setting the Stage for the Worker Training Program 2015-2020

Leveraging Program Collaborations, Strengths, and Data
September 28-30, 2015
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Setting the Stage for the Worker Training Program 2015-2020

Purpose of the Awardee Meeting

The semi-annual WTP Awardee Meeting brought awardees together to provide program updates, exchange information regarding training and discover new areas of interest to awardees.

Purpose and Scope of the Workshop

As the first meeting since receiving a new five-year award, this was an opportunity for Worker Training Program (WTP) grantees to share their plans for the next five years in each of the program areas. Grantees should do this with an eye towards program integration within their consortium and jointly with other grantees.

The workshop focused on a variety of topics that offered opportunities to identify and leverage program collaborations, strengths, and data. These topics yielded meaningful discussions and set the stage for impending efforts in the WTP.


Participant List

Workshop Report


Awardee Meeting: 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Time Topic
1:00 p.m.

Welcome and Overview of Grant Expectations
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, NIEHS

2:15 p.m.

Clearinghouse Update

  • Clearinghouse Role and Assistance
    Michael Baker, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
  • Review the Operational Matrix (971KB)
    Deborah Weinstock, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
  • Introduction to Tuesday and Wednesday
    Deborah Weinstock, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
2:45 p.m. NIEHS Update
Linda Birnbaum, NIEHS Director
3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Workshop: Setting the Stage for the Worker Training Program 2015-2020

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Time Topic
9:00 a.m. Welcome
Joseph “Chip” Hughes, NIEHS
9:10 a.m. The Worker Training Program and the NIEHS Strategic Plan (3MB)
Gwen Collman, NIEHS
9:30 a.m. Looking Forward: Mission, Vision, and Expectations (371KB)
Chip Hughes, NIEHS, and Don Elisburg, National Clearinghouse
10:15 a.m. The Importance of Data and Evaluation
11:30 a.m. Public Health and HAZMAT: Encouraging Collaboration
1:30 p.m. Partnerships Session 1: Engaging with Other Departments/Agencies, Including Federal, Regional, and Local Governments and Other Organizations
2:45 p.m. Partnerships Session 2: Partnering with Other Awardees and Other Organizations - Leveraging Your Resources
  • Kevin Riley, UCLA-LOSH/Western Region Universities Consortium
  • Craig Slatin, University of Massachusetts Lowell, New England Consortium
  • Darrell Hornback, International Chemical Workers Union Council
4:00 p.m. Poster Session
Each grantee shared the project/s they are most excited about implementing during the next five years

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Time Topic
9:00 a.m. Instructor Development Programs
MODERATOR: Economic Impact of NIEHS WTP Environmental Career Woker Training Program (735KB), Sharon D. Beard, NIEHS
10:30 a.m. WTP as a National Response and Recovery Training Resource: What it Means for Grantees
  • Ron Snyder, National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education
  • Charlene Obernauer, NYCOSH
  • Don Ellenberger, CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training
12:00 p.m. Wrap-Up
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