ODP Strategic Plan
Development of ODP Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2013–2018
On behalf of the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), I am pleased to announce that we have launched an extensive process to develop the ODP Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2013–2018. Goals and objectives presented in the final strategic plan will guide the activities for the Office over the next five years and highlight the ODP’s role in advancing prevention research at the NIH.
The mission of the ODP is to improve the public health by increasing the scope, quality, dissemination, and impact of prevention research supported by the NIH. The ODP fulfills this mission by providing leadership for the development, coordination, and implementation of prevention research in collaboration with NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) and other partners. The Office provides overall guidance to the ICs on biomedical programs that seek to improve the Nation’s health through research, training, knowledge translation, and public education as they relate to disease prevention. Prevention research at the NIH is broad and encompasses research designed both to promote health and to prevent the onset of disease, disorders, or injuries and the progression of asymptomatic disease. Prevention research targets biology and genetics, individual behavior, factors in the social and physical environments, and health services, and informs and evaluates health-related policies and regulations.
To help advance the prevention research portfolio at the NIH, the ODP anticipates that the strategic plan will focus on six priority areas:
- Systematically monitor NIH investments in prevention research and the progress and results of that research.
- Identify and promote prevention research areas that deserve expanded effort and investment by the NIH.
- Promote the use of the best available methods in prevention research and support the development of new and innovative approaches.
- Encourage development of collaborative prevention research projects and facilitate coordination of such projects across the NIH and with other public and private entities.
- Identify and promote the use of effective evidence-based interventions.
- Increase the visibility of prevention research at the NIH and across the country.
Feedback that was gathered from various stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and an online Request for Information is being used by ODP staff to develop measurable objectives, implementation timelines, and evaluation strategies for each of the strategic priorities. This information will be compiled with the mission, vision, and other supporting materials to develop the draft strategic plan, which will be posted online for public comment.
Thank you for your interest in and support of the work of the ODP and the NIH.
David M. Murray, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Prevention
Director, Office of Disease Prevention