RTC's Hoover Leads Session at NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health Workshop
(July 2011) - On July 15th, Anna Goodman Hoover of the UK-SRP Research Translation Core (RTC) facilitated a session on building basic scientists' capacities for communicating research findings to disparate stakeholders at a workshop co-sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Cancer Institute, NIH.
Held at NIH's Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, MD, the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health's inaugural Environmental Health Communication Workshop also targeted communication skills capacity-building for educators, public health workers, and community members. The day-long workshop addressed four primary goals: 1) increasing awareness of training strategies and materials used to build the capacity of researchers, community groups, educators and health care professionals; 2) hghlighting successful elements of strategies and materials; 3) promoting interactions among grantees from across different grant programs; and 4) identifying gaps and opportunities in capacity building.
As communications liaison with the RTC, Hoover coordinates a number of communication-related social scientific research initiatives that link environmental concerns with risk and public communication processes. She also develops research projects and programs intended to further the bench-to-bedside translation of environmental health research outcomes into policy, practice, and ultimately public health, through the development of theory-based, methodologically-rigorous communication interventions at the researcher, governmental, and/or community levels.
NIEHS's Partnerships for Environmental Public Health is an umbrella program that brings together scientists, community members, educators, health care providers, public health officials, and policy makers in the shared goal of advancing the impact of environmental public health research at local, regional, and national levels.