Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Program

P2P workshops use an unbiased, evidence-based process to identify research gaps in a scientific area of broad public health importance. Each workshop focuses on a disease prevention topic with limited or underdeveloped research and a need for a critical assessment of the evidence.

The P2P program brings together federal agencies, researchers, and community members to:

  • Synthesize the evidence and better understand the current state of the science.
  • Identify methodological and scientific weaknesses and gaps and suggest a research agenda.
  • Develop an action plan to move the field forward.

You can use P2P workshop publications—like the systematic evidence review, independent panel’s report with recommendations for future research, and federal partners’ action plan—to help fill research gaps.

What's New

An unbiased, independent panel developed a draft report following the 2022 NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Identifying Risks and Interventions to Optimize Postpartum Health. The report summarizes the workshop discussions and identifies future research priorities.

Comments on the draft report will be accepted through April 21, 2023. Please reference a corresponding line number of the report for each of your comments and submit all comments to

Upcoming Workshop

The ODP is scheduling new events and will post details when they are available. Please check back at a later date or sign up for our listserv to get updates about new events.

Workshop Planning Process

The P2P program employs a structured process that takes approximately 2 to 3 years to complete. The ODP provides leadership, support, funding, and coordination for the program. Partners from across the NIH, other federal agencies, content-area experts, and community members help plan each workshop.