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Inputs: National Research Agenda (NORA)

Sector-Based Approach

The National Occupational Research Agenda is a partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices. Unveiled in 1996, NORA has become a framework for occupational safety and health research in the nation. Diverse parties collaborate to identify the most critical issues in workplace safety and health. Partners then work together to develop goals, objectives and an implementation plan for addressing these needs.

Stakeholder Comments

Many stakeholders submitted comments in 2005 and 2006 outlining their top issues. The stakeholder comments can be searched, viewed and printed. These comments comprise one of the inputs considered by the NORA Sector Councils when drafting their strategic plans for the nation.

NORA Sector Councils

NORA Sector Councils develop and maintain sector-specific research agendas. In addition, a Cross-Sector Council coordinates priorities that affect multiple sectors and groups of workers. Representing all stakeholders, the councils use an open process to set goals, develop strategies, encourage partnerships, and promote improved workplace practices.

View the Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector Council participants, activities and products.

Research Needs

One of the first activities of the HCSA Sector Council was to develop a state-of-the-sector document, a necessary first step in the Council’s response to its charge of developing and maintaining a research agenda for the nation. This document provides information on magnitude and consequences of known and emerging health and safety problems, critical research gaps and research needs that are slated to be addressed over the next decade of NORA. It is hoped that the state-of-the-sector document, and the Executive Summary and Fact Sheet drawn from it, will prove useful to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders from the public and private sectors with an interest in the occupational safety and health issues affecting workers in this industrial sector.

State of the Sector | Healthcare and Social Assistance - Identification of Research Opportunities for the Next Decade of NORA
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2009-139 (June 2009)

State of the Sector | Healthcare and Social Assistance - Identification of Research Opportunities for the Next Decade of NORA - Executive Summary
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2009-138 (June 2009)

Healthcare and Social Assistance - Advancing Priorities Through Research and Partnerships
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2009-149 (June 2009)