Partnerships & Collaborations

The Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) offers guidance about prevention-related research priorities and helps coordinate prevention research projects, workshops, and conferences across the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and with other public and private organizations. Below is a list of our major partnerships and collaborations.

Collaborations at NIH

NIH Prevention Research Coordinating Committee (PRCC)
The PRCC provides a broad perspective on the current state-of-the-science and disseminates information about prevention-related activities to NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). This committee also plans and implements collaborative activities across the NIH and advises the ODP Director regarding scientific, programmatic, and policy issues. The PRCC is coordinated by the ODP.

Prevention Scientific Interest Groups (SIGs)
Coordinated by the ODP, the Prevention SIGs develop collaborative research initiatives to address unmet prevention research needs. They focus on areas where there are no existing collaborative NIH-wide or federal groups.

Tobacco and Nicotine Research Interest Group (TANRIG)
The goal of TANRIG is to increase collaboration, coordination, and communication of tobacco- and nicotine-related research across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An ODP staff member serves as the co-chair of the group, and several members of the ODP provide input on TANRIG activities.

Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Workshops
The ODP sponsors the P2P workshops. These workshops identify research gaps and methodological and scientific weaknesses in a selected scientific area, suggest research needs, and move the field forward through an unbiased, evidence‐based assessment. We partner with NIH ICs that have identified a research need and serve as an organizational liaison between the ICs and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to get a systematic evidence review that's used as the basis of the workshop.

Federal Partnerships

Engagement with partners like CPSTF, USPSTF, and the Healthy People program, helps us identify disease prevention areas that require additional research. Learn more on our Research Needs and Gaps page.

Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)
The CPSTF is an independent, nonfederal, unpaid panel of public health and prevention experts that provide evidence-based findings and recommendations about community preventive services, programs, and policies to improve health. Task Force members are appointed by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ODP is an official liaison member and works to make sure that CPSTF recommendations represent the views, concerns, and needs of the NIH and our constituents. ODP staff also serve on, or recommend NIH scientists to serve on, systematic review teams, and help translate CPSTF recommendations into action.

Health and Housing Group
The Health and Housing Group is made up of representatives from across the NIH, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Members share their agencies’ work at the intersection of health and housing, interests in health and housing research, and data and resources. The group also works together to identify health and housing research gaps, and explores opportunities to collaborate to advance health and housing research. The Health and Housing Group is open to federal staff only.

Healthy People
Led by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. The ODP provides advice on Healthy People activities, and our staff serves on the Federal Interagency Workgroup, the principal advisory body for the development of the Healthy People initiative.

PhenX Tobacco Working Group
The PhenX toolkit is a collection of measures for phenotypes and exposures, which includes standardized measures related to tobacco regulatory research. ODP staff led the effort to identify these measures through a consensus-based process with feedback from the scientific community.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
Coordinated by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts that makes evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screening, counseling, and preventive medications. The ODP provides scientific input on draft research plans, draft evidence reviews, and clinical practice guidelines. We also disseminate information about high-priority evidence gaps for clinical preventive services identified by the USPSTF.


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