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Inputs: NIOSH Strategic Goals

A key leadership role for the Musculoskeletal Disorders Health and Safety Cross-Sector is the development of the NIOSH Research Agenda for musculoskeletal disorders. The Cross-Sector is in the process of developing "strategic goals" to guide research and partnership efforts over the next decade.

NIOSH Program Portfolio Approach

NIOSH has been organizing research, guidance, information, and service efforts into specific programs that can be readily communicated and strategically governed and evaluated. Ten Sector Programs represent industrial sectors, and Cross-sector Programs are organized around adverse health outcomes.

The Sector Programs intersect with Cross-Sector Programs in a matrix-like fashion. For example, an Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program goal of reducing farm-related deaths and injuries due to tractor rollovers and trucks would likely be a shared goal with the Transportation Program and if appropriate would be adopted by both programs. This approach provides an added advantage and will allow multiple Programs to work towards accomplishment of intersecting goals.

Each of the 34 programs in the NIOSH Program Portfolio has a Manager and Coordinator. Each of the 10 NIOSH Sector Programs facilitates the work of a NORA Sector Council to engage external stakeholders in the process of developing sector goals for the nation and methods to measure the short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes arising from those goals. The NORA goals for the nation will be considered when choosing NIOSH sector program goals. Cross Sector programs have internal Steering Committees that develop program goals and monitor outcome measures.

As part of our comprehensive approach to performance measurement, NIOSH has engaged the National Academies to independently evaluate our sector and cross-programs for relevance and impact.

NIOSH Musculoskeletal Disorders Health and Safety Cross-Sector Program Strategic Goals for Intramural Research

  • Strategic Goal 1: Identify unique sources of surveillance data to identify the areas of needed MSD research.
  • Strategic Goal 2: Reduce the incidence of work-related MSDs by implementing cost-effective workplace interventions to reduce MSD risk factors.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Reduce the incidence of work-related MSDs through widespread and targeted dissemination and communication of safety and health information and effective education and training.

NIOSH is interested in your opinions about the relevance and value of strategic goals for the Musculoskeletal Disorders Health and Safety Cross-Sector Program. We encourage you to consider partnering with us on issues of interest to you and your organization.