NIH: Office of Disease Prevention


The Pathways to Prevention (P2P) program is strategically located in the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), which provides the leadership, infrastructure, funding, and coordination necessary to conduct P2P workshops. Each P2P workshop is planned through a collaboration of partners from across the NIH, other federal agencies, Content-Area Experts, and individuals representing public-centered values and concerns.

Any NIH Institute, Center, or Office may submit an application. Other government agencies or trans-agency workgroups, professional societies, and advocacy organizations may also propose topics with an NIH Institute, Center, or Office (IC) as a sponsor. Workshop proposal forms (Word - 24 KB) are submitted to and reviewed by ODP on a rolling basis.

Workshop proposal forms (Word - 24 KB)

Once an application is reviewed and accepted, the P2P Coordinator works with the IC Coordinator, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-based Practice Center, the P2P workshop panel, and the Workshop & Panel Chair to plan and conduct the workshop.

Pathways to Prevention Workshop Process

Proposal Review and Approval

ODP Receives P2P
Workshop Proposal
  • An NIH IC or Content-Area Expert Group submits proposal to the ODP.
  • The ODP reviews proposal for content.
  • Finalizing the proposal is a collaboration between the P2P Workshop Coordinator and the NIH IC.
ODP Accepts P2P
Workshop Proposal
  • An ODP committee reviews the P2P workshop proposal.

Workshop Planning and Implementation

Organizational Meeting
  • A committee comprised of key federal employees reviews scope and timing of the workshop, and makes nominations for the Workshop & Panel Chair and members of the Content-Area Expert Group.
Content-Area Expert
Group Meeting
  • Content-Area Experts make recommendations to the Workshop & Panel Chair regarding workshop questions, agenda, and panelist and speaker nominations.
Pathways to Prevention
  • Workshop includes presentations by experts and open discussion sessions.
  • Workshop panel writes draft panel report and releases it for public comment.
  • AHRQ releases final systematic evidence review.

Dissemination and Follow-Up

  • The ODP releases final workshop panel report.
  • The ODP disseminates press release and may hold telebriefing.
  • Final workshop panel report may be published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Federal Partners Meeting
  • Meeting is held to review panel’s final report and identify possible opportunities for collaboration and next steps.

ODP P2P Coordinator

The P2P Coordinator is responsible for managing the entire workshop process from the initial NIH IC proposal through to the actual workshop and publication of the panel’s report. This includes the NIH organizational meeting, the Content-Area Expert Group meeting, the pre-workshop panel meeting, the workshop, and post-workshop activities. The P2P Coordinator is responsible for vetting the panel for conflicts of interest, inviting workshop speakers, and assisting the Workshop & Panel Chair in finalizing the agenda.

NIH IC Coordinator

To ensure the effectiveness of the P2P workshops, the sponsoring NIH IC or Office within the NIH Office of the Director designates an IC Coordinator who is responsible for defining the scope of the workshop and initiating the workshop planning process. The IC Coordinator works closely with the ODP P2P Coordinator to ensure that the goals of the workshop are met.

Content-Area Expert Group

Planning for each P2P workshop is carried out by the Workshop & Panel Chair and the Content-Area Expert Group. This group provides recommendations to the Workshop & Panel Chair regarding the questions that frame the workshop, the agenda, and nominations for panelists and speakers. Content-Area Experts are nominated by the participants of a federal planning meeting on the topic and sponsoring NIH ICs or Offices within the NIH Office of the Director. Members of this group are considered experts in their field and work in the federal government, academia, and clinical practice.

Workshop Panel Members

To ensure the impartiality of the independent panel for each P2P workshop, the panel members, including the Workshop & Panel chair, should have no vested financial or intellectual interest in the topic under review. The Workshop Panel is a multidisciplinary body of non-federal representatives that includes an individual representing public-centered values and concerns and representatives from many of the following disciplines: biostatistics, epidemiology, practicing and academic health, clinical trial research, and other fields relevant to the topic.

Workshop & Panel Chair

To ensure the impartiality of the independent panel for each P2P workshop, the Workshop & Panel Chair should be knowledgeable in the field of medical science under consideration, but should neither be identified with an advocacy position regarding the workshop topic nor with research that may be presented to answer any of the workshop questions. Furthermore, the Workshop & Panel Chair must not be an employee of the U.S. federal government and must have no vested interest in the topic under review. The Workshop & Panel Chair plays an important role in the P2P workshop by convening the workshop and moderating workshop discussions and facilitating panel deliberations and writing activities.