Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council

Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council

The NORA Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council brings together individuals and organizations to share information, form partnerships, and promote adoption and dissemination of solutions that work. It was formed in 2016 for the third decade of NORA. The Council seeks to facilitate the most important research, understand the most effective intervention strategies, and learn how to implement those strategies to achieve sustained improvements in workplace practice. Contact the Co-Chair or NORA Coordinator with any questions, comments, or to volunteer.

Meetings and News
  • Work-related COPD Webinar – September 20-21
    The Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council is offering a unique opportunity to learn about work-related COPD and opportunities for research through a webinar hosted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The webinar includes world-class speakers and provides medical and nursing continuing education (CE) credits. Free to all registrants and no fees for CE credits. Go to the webinar announcement to learn more: NORA Respiratory Health Webinar.
  • New report reaffirms relevance of National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health
    A new report, Review of the 2019 National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health by Non-NIOSH Members of the Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council [PDF – 312 KB] is now available. The non-NIOSH members completed a prioritization activity and found all 10 objectives to still be important and relevant. This illustrates that many issues in occupational respiratory health still need research and interventions.
Cross-Sector Description

The NORA Respiratory Health Cross-Sector advances primary and secondary prevention addressing a range of hazardous exposures and their adverse respiratory health effects including lower airways diseases (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease); upper airways diseases (e.g., rhinosinusitis); interstitial lung diseases (e.g., coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, silicosis); respiratory infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, influenza, anthrax, emerging infectious diseases); respiratory tract and pleural malignancies (e.g., lung cancer, mesothelioma); and emerging exposures and related diseases (e.g., engineered nanomaterials, World Trade Center dust, flavoring chemicals). In addition to preventing work-related respiratory disease, seeks to improve workers’ respiratory health.

Information is available about the NIOSH Respiratory Health Program, which facilitates the work of the Council.

Page last reviewed: May 23, 2022