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Vol. LXIV, No. 20
September 28, 2012

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NIEHS Launches 5-Year Strategic Plan
Dr. Linda Birnbaum

NIEHS director Dr. Linda Birnbaum

Photo: Steve McCaw

With an Aug. 1 editorial in Environmental Health Perspectives, NIEHS director Dr. Linda Birnbaum officially launched the institute’s 2012-2017 strategic plan.

In the editorial, Birnbaum made a point of emphasizing the collective ownership of the plan and the input of hundreds of stakeholders—from scientists to public health advocates—that shaped its vision and goals. As NIEHS prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, she explained, the institute has evolved to meet the new challenges of the environmental health sciences, building upon the accomplishments of the past.

“The NIEHS has come a long way in making environmental health research responsive to the needs and concerns of the American people—to make environmental health part of the public health debate,” Birnbaum wrote. “This continues to be a source of motivation and purpose for NIEHS staff and our research partners.”

The strategic plan process was officially launched Mar. 1, 2011, in a meeting at NIEHS with deputy director Dr. Rick Woychik and Dr. Sheila Newton, director of the Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation, discussing online resources for contributing ideas for the plan. These included an interactive web site called Visionary Ideas, where people could post their big-picture ideas about the strategic plan and vote to agree, disagree or comment on ideas posted by others.

Read the NIEHS Strategic Plan at

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