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Inputs: NIOSH Strategic Goals

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 NORA Sector Programs represent industrial sectors, and twenty-four Cross-sector Programs organized around adverse health outcomes, statutory programs and global efforts.

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.

These planning efforts will position NIOSH to align with the most current governmental approaches for evaluating program effectiveness, i.e., the Program Assessment Rating Tool (or PART). PART is a mechanism to hold governmental agencies accountable for accomplishing results. 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.

Mining Program Strategic Goals for Intramural Research

A melding of the priorities, as established from surveillance data, stakeholder/customer requests, and loss control, is performed to establish a set of strategic research priorities. While the top-level goal is to improve mining safety and health, this will only be achieved by eliminating the fatalities, injuries, and illnesses that were summarized previously. Accordingly, the seven strategic goals are:

  • Strategic Goal 1: Reduce respiratory diseases in mine workers by reducing exposure to airborne contaminants.
  • Strategic Goal 2: Reduce noise-induced hearing loss in the mining industry.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders in mine workers.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Reduce the risk of traumatic injuries in the mining workplace.
  • Strategic Goal 5: Reduce the risk of mine disasters (fires, explosions, inundations), improve the post-accident survivability of miners and critical mine systems, and enhance the safety and effectiveness of emergency responders.
  • Strategic Goal 6: Eliminate ground failure fatalities and injuries in the mining industry.
  • Strategic Goal 7: Reduce adverse health and safety consequences in the mining industry through effective interventions with new technology.

Researchers have identified many of the barriers, knowledge gaps, or technology gaps that must be addressed to effect a desired change at the strategic goal level. The complete mining research plan is available on the NIOSH Web site.

Mining Program Priority Goal for Extramural Research

The Mining Program selected the following priority goals as particularly suited for extramural research during fiscal years 2017:

  • Strategic Goal 1: Reduce mine workers’ risk of occupational illness
  • Strategic Goal 2: Reduce mine workers’ risk of traumatic injuries and fatalities
  • Strategic Goal 3: Reduce the risk of mine disasters and improve survivability of mine workers

Those seeking NIOSH grants to conduct studies benefiting workers in the mining sector can view the current funding opportunities.

NIOSH is interested in your opinions about the relevance and value of these strategic goals for the mining sector. We encourage you to consider partnering with us on issues of interest to you and your organization.

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Page last reviewed: October 23, 2013 (archived document)