NIH: Office of Disease Prevention


Working Group Member Responsibilities

Pathways to Prevention: Weighing the evidence. Identifying the research gaps. Determining next steps.

Initial planning for each Pathways to Prevention (P2P) workshop is carried out by a Working Group that finalizes the questions that frame the workshop. Working Group members are nominated by the participants in the organizational meeting and sponsoring National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes or Centers (ICs), or Offices, within the NIH Office of the Director. They are content area experts from the federal government, academia, and clinical practice. They finalize the agenda and workshop questions, nominate speakers and panelists, select the workshop date, and are engaged in the workshop process from beginning to end. Any concerns about these restrictions and workshop activities should be conveyed to the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) P2P Coordinator in the NIH ODP. All travel-related costs are covered by the NIH, which also provides clerical and logistical support.

The Working Group members’ responsibilities and time commitments:

Working Group Meeting

  • Attend the workshop Working Group meeting.
  • Collaborate with the other Working Group members to:
    • Finalize the workshop questions.
    • Finalize the workshop agenda.
    • Select the workshop date.
  • Discuss and prioritize panelist and speaker nominations.
  • The meeting requires 1 full day and 1 half day, along with travel to Bethesda, Maryland (costs covered by the NIH).

The Workshop

  • Working Group members are invited to attend the workshop, listen to presentations from expert speakers, and ask questions during open discussion sessions.
  • As content area experts, some Working Group members may also make presentations at the workshop.
  • This requires 2 consecutive days, along with travel to Bethesda, Maryland (costs covered by the NIH).

P2P Workshop Participant Roles

  • NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP): The NIH ODP provides the leadership, infrastructure, funding, and coordination necessary to conduct P2P workshops. The P2P Coordinator is based within the NIH ODP.
  • IC Coordinator: The sponsoring NIH IC or Office designates an IC Coordinator who is responsible for defining the scope of the workshop and initiating the workshop planning process. The IC Coordinator is involved in the entire workshop process and chairs the organizational and Working Group meetings.
  • Organizational Meeting Attendees: Federal employees representing the relevant federal agencies and programs as well as representatives from across the NIH and the AHRQ will be in attendance. These participants decide:
    • If the format is suitable for the topic
    • If the timing is right for a P2P workshop on the topic
    • If the scope of the preliminary workshop questions is appropriate.
  • AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC): After the questions have been finalized by the Working Group, an AHRQ EPC prepares and provides the evidence report to the speakers and panel members approximately 6 weeks prior to the workshop.
  • Panel: The panel is an unbiased, independent group composed of 8-10 members that gives balanced, objective, and informed attention to the topic. The panel members must have no vested financial or intellectual interest in the topic under review.
  • Panel Chair: The Panel Chair is an expert who is knowledgeable in the field of medical science under consideration but is neither identified with an advocacy position regarding the workshop topic nor with research that may be presented to answer any of the workshop questions.
  • Speakers: P2P workshop speakers are experts in the topic who have published on the issue, have conducted research on the issue, and may have strong opinions or beliefs on the topic. These experts present information that directly addresses workshop questions.