APA urges Congress to preserve NIOSH funding

PI-GRO joined the Friends of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in urging Congress to preserve funding for NIOSH in FY2011 and FY2012. APA and NIOSH have a long history of collaboration around shared priorities, and many psychologists work directly with NIOSH on key issues, including: 

  • a conference series on Work, Stress, and Health starting in 1990 in conjunction with NIOSH and convening its 9th International conference in May 2011;

  • an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners from industry, labor, and academia, formed in 1996 through NIOSH to develop a national research agenda on the “Organization of Work", as part of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), which guides occupational safety and health research into the future;

  • a NIOSH-led job stress research program to better understand the influence of what are commonly-termed "work organization" or "psychosocial" factors on stress, illness, and injury, and to identify ways to redesign jobs to create safer and healthier workplaces; and

  • the development of 11 graduate training programs at national universities to improve the capacity of health and mental health professionals to address stressful working conditions and associated health and mental health problems.

The APA Work, Stress, and Health Office promotes research, training, practice, and policy to examine the impact of the changing organization of work on stress, health, safety, and productivity in the workplace.

Letter to House of Representatives (PDF, 26KB)

Letter to Senate (PDF, 26KB)