May 1-2, 2024
Arlington, Virginia

Banner reading "Closing the Gaps: Designing Training with Occupational Health Disparities in Mind" hosted by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in conjunction with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Program and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It took place May 1-2, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

Purpose of the Grantee Meeting

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

Purpose and Scope of the Workshop 

Participants discussed how WTP grant recipients and partners are recruiting, educating, and training workers and instructors, with the intent of closing the gaps in occupational health disparities. Through interactive panels and breakout sessions, participants had an opportunity to network and discuss how to design and implement programs that reduce disparities in work-related illness, injury, and mortality across worker populations as it relates to the funding and scope of WTP.


Grantee Meeting Agenda (198KB)
Workshop Agenda (458KB) 


WTP Grantee Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

8:00 a.m. - NoonRegistration
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Welcome and NIEHS Update (6MB)

  • Sharon D. Beard, Kathy Ahlmark, Eric Persaud, Dr.P.H., Gary Johnson, NIEHS Worker Training Program
9:45 - 10:00 a.m.

Grants Management Branch (GMB) NIH Update (174KB)

  • James Williams, NIEHS GMB
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

National Clearinghouse Update (3MB)

  • Deborah Weinstock, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc. 
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. 

Legislative Update (755KB)

  • April Bennett, NIEHS Office of the Director
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.  

Forming Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Partnerships for the Future (276KB)

  • Joy Lee, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc. 
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Q&A with NIEHS Staff
11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Concurrent Sessions
Program Official Meeting
Hazardous Waste Worker Training/HAZMAT Disaster Preparedness Training

  • Eric Persaud, Dr.P.H., NIEHS WTP
  • Kathy Ahlmark, NIEHS WTP

NIEHS/Department of Energy Program Meeting

  • Sharon D. Beard, NIEHS WTP
  • Gary Johnson, NIEHS WTP
  • Ted Giltz, National Clearinghouse

Business Official Meeting 

  • James Williams, NIEHS GMB 
12:30 p.m. Adjourn
12:45 p.m. Bus Departs for Capitol Hill
1:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
2:40 p.m. Recommended Arrival Time
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.Congressional Briefing
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Hosted by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Workshop: Closing the Gaps: Designing Training with Occupational Health Disparities in Mind
Day 1: Wednesday, May 1, 2024

8:00 a.m.Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Welcome (1MB) 

  • Representative from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Sharon D. Beard, Director, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP)
  • Trevor K. Archer, Ph.D., Deputy Director, NIEHS
9:30 - 9:35 a.m. 

Housekeeping and Instructions

Allison Weingarten, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training

9:35 - 9:50 a.m. 

Networking Activity 

MODERATOR: Aurora Le, Ph.D., Texas A&M University 

What comes to mind when you think about occupational health disparities?

What do you hope to get out of this workshop?

9:50 - 10:30 a.m. 

Keynote Address (383KB)

  • Admiral Rachel L. Levine, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Panel 1: Strategies for Training a Diverse Workforce with an Equity Lens

11:30 - 11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 

Panel 2: Tools and Resources to Enhance Programs' Capacity to Address Disparities

  • Keely Finney and Saint Rice, Jr., Ed.D., OAI, Inc./Motivating Purpose with Education and Readiness (MPWER)
    TOPIC: Social and Behavioral Health Support Services (2MB)
  • Tom Estabrook, Ph.D., The New England Consortium-Civil Service Employees Association
    TOPIC: COVID-19 Recovery Centers (1MB)
  • Anne Foreman, Ph.D., National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
    TOPIC: NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluations
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.Lunch
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. 

Panel 3: Equipping Instructors and Raising Awareness about Disparities to Enhance Training Programs
MODERATOR: Eric Persaud, Dr.P.H., NIEHS WTP 

  • Kevin Riley, Ph.D., Western Region Universities Consortium (WRUC)/University of California, Los Angeles Labor and Occupational Safety and Health Program (UCLA LOSH)
    TOPIC: Occupational Health Disparities Training Module (3MB)
  • Kim Dunn and Calvin Avant, Ph.D., Historically Black Colleges and Universities Consortium/Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
    TOPIC: How Disasters Exacerbate Occupational Health Disparities
  • Maiber Solarte, Atlantic Center for Occupational Health and Safety Training/Make The Road New York
    TOPIC: Building Skills for Interns and Resources with the Community (808KB)
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. 

Charge to Breakouts and Move to Breakout Rooms

  • Allison Weingarten, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training
3:15 - 5:00 p.m. Breakout Room Discussions
5:00 - 5:15 p.m. Wrap-up and Adjourn

Day 2: Thursday, May 2, 2024

8:00 a.m.Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:20 a.m. 

Welcome Back

  • Sharon D. Beard, Director, NIEHS WTP
  • Ashley Vargas, Ph.D., Deputy Director, NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training
  • James Frederick, Deputy Assistant Secretary, OSHA
9:20 - 10:00 a.m. 

Keynote Address (4MB)

  • Michael Flynn, Lead Research Social Scientist, Occupational Health Equity Program, NIOSH
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Charge to Breakouts and Move to Rooms

  • Allison Weingarten, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.Interactive Breakout Sessions: (continuation from Day 1)
11:45 a.m. - NoonReturn to General Session Room
Noon - 12:30 p.m. Lessons Learned and Takeaways
12:30 p.m. Adjourn