July 19, 2016
DR2 Workshop Details
The third NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2) workshop was held on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in the Auditorium of the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building in Boston, Massachusetts.
The DR2 Program is a collaborative effort by NIEHS and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that aims to improve our nation’s capabilities for performing timely environmental health research in response to emerging threats and disasters. The goals of the DR2 Program focus on various processes and products that support research response including: 1) creating publicly accessible ready-to-go research data collection tools, e.g., surveys, forms, and research protocols, 2) fostering a national network of trained researchers to collect needed data, and 3) conducting workshops, guidance, and training exercises to facilitate, support, and integrate an evolving research community. As part of these efforts, the NIH also seeks to broaden the discussion and participation of diverse groups of stakeholders across the nation interested in performing post-disaster health research. For more information regarding the DR2, please visit the DR2 website.
This workshop brought together local, state, and federal public health and emergency response offices, community members, worker organizations, private industries, and other stakeholders to better understand how long-term, large scale research is requested at the local and state level, and the process in which outside assistance research requests are managed. Participants assessed how a process, working off of the current infrastructure, might facilitate collaborations between the differing groups to come together to develop and implement needed research.
Purpose and Scope of the Workshop
The workshop facilitated a discussion using a realistic scenario to guide participants to:
- Provide a scenario-based forum for all stakeholders to participate in the discussion related to conducting post-disaster research
- Discuss the decision-making process by which post-disaster research is initiated and conducted
- Assess the process by which research resources are identified, trained, coordinated, and deployed
- Describe how research protocols are developed, approved, and implemented
- Examine how data is managed and results shared with stakeholders
- Identify opportunities for integrating research into the emergency response infrastructure
- Enhance relationship building and knowledge sharing between local, state, and federal stakeholders