The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the way we live, learn, and engage with one another. Even as our communities begin to reopen, taking preventive measures—such as wearing a mask to cover your nose and mouth, physical distancing, and frequently washing your hands—is still critically important to help reduce the spread of this virus. Unfortunately, these measures often make in-person learning much less feasible.
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has changed all our lives in so many ways, and it has certainly changed things for the ODP. Like many of you, we have moved to full-time telework as a means of physical distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is critically important for all of us to take these kinds of preventive measures, and we all have a role to play in protecting each other’s health.
We are excited to share our Spotlight on 2019 report highlighting a few of the ODP's accomplishments last year. The report summarizes key projects related to each of the ODP’s six strategic priorities and outlines how they impact public health.
A new paper from the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) reports that the level of support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for prevention research on the leading risk factors and causes of death and disability in the United States falls well below their burden on the nation's health.
On August 15 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed new rule to require color graphic health warnings for cigarette packaging and advertisements. Helen Meissner, Ph.D., Sc.M. discusses the research behind the proposed new graphic health warnings for cigarette packaging and advertisements.
On March 27, 2019, Drs. Valerie Earnshaw and Siobhan Phillips came to the NIH to present their work. We sat down with them for a conversation about how they arrived in their areas of research and what advice they have for graduate students and fellows looking to follow similar paths.
Physical activity is one of the best ways to improve health, no matter your age; however, evidence shows that Americans aren’t getting enough of it. According to federal monitoring data, only 26% of men, 19% of women, and 20% of adolescents meet the guidelines for physical activity.
This is a guest message from Sheri D. Schully, Ph.D. Dr. Schully leads the ODP team that analyzes and monitors NIH investments in prevention research, including developing new methods and tools for characterizing NIH research. In October 2018, Dr. Schully and her team published two papers in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine about the ODP’s analysis of the NIH prevention research portfolio.
I am pleased to present the ODP Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019–2023, Prevention Research: Building a Healthier Future. This plan outlines how our efforts will help shape the landscape of prevention research over the next 5 years and presents the priorities for the Office.
The All of Us Research Program, which began national enrollment on May 6, is a historic effort to gather data from 1 million or more people living in the United States to advance individualized prevention, treatment, and care for people of all backgrounds. Supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), All of Us is expected to be the largest and most diverse longitudinal health research program ever developed.
Strategic Priority IV aims to promote collaboration in prevention research across the NIH and with government and private partners. The goal is to identify and share best practices and models in collaboration, build support infrastructure, and coordinate funding opportunities.
The goal of Strategic Priority III is to promote the best available methods in prevention research. Over the past year, the ODP has continued to work toward improving the quality of prevention research methods by updating and expanding its prevention science tools and training opportunities.
Identifying research gaps can lead to new research that ultimately improves the public health. With Strategic Priority II, the ODP identifies prevention research areas for investment or further expansion by the NIH.