PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE

AIHA seeks subject matter experts to develop concept papers to help frame and define the following four (4) AIHA Grand Challenges for Worker Health, Safety, and Well-Being. These themes were identified by the membership in a recent survey:

  1. Improve Exposure Assessment in the Workplace
  2. Improve Equity in Workplaces, Minimize Precarious Work Situations, and Protect Vulnerable Workers (e.g., gig workers, undocumented persons, migrant labor)
  3. Address the Impacts of a Changing Work Environment (e.g., remote work)
  4. Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on Workers (e.g., heat stress)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE GRAND CHALLENGES INITIATIVE

In 2021 the AIHA Board approved a new initiative called Grand Challenges: A Vision for the OEHS Profession. Grand Challenges have been defined as “ambitious but achievable goals that harness science, technology, and innovation to solve important national or global problems and that have the potential to capture the public’s imagination.” Source: The White House. Office of Science and Technology Policy. 21st Century Grand Challenges.

Criteria: Global Grand Challenges for Worker Health, Safety, and Well-Being. These Grand Challenges should be:

  • Aspirational—they are big, important, and compelling initiatives geared to solving critical world needs
  • Solvable—they can be completely or largely solved, with expected progress in 5-10 years
  • Measurable—they should have one or more defined, measurable outcomes to gauge progress and completion
  • Collaborative—they require interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Inspirational—they require long-term sustained commitments and significant innovations in science and/or practice

For more information, visit https://www.aiha.org/get-involved/grand-challenges.

Concept Papers: SUGGESTED GUIDANCE

A suggested outline for these concept papers consists of:

Introduction/Background/Reference of Overarching Topic

    • Nature and analysis of the problem ​
    • Extent, consequences, and costs of the problem ​
    • Risk factors ​

    Preventive Actions

    • Opportunities for improvement ​
    • Priorities for addressing the challenge ​

    Potential Outcomes

    Metrics and Assessing/Measuring Progress

    • Progress that can be made in the next decade ​
    • Potential progress beyond the next decade ​

    Interdisciplinary and Cross-Sector Involvement

    The Need/Calls for Innovation

    • Emerging strategies ​
    • Novel research strategies ​

    Next Steps: Progress and Future Directions in Research, Education, Practice, Policy

    • Dissemination and other promotional activities ​
    • Visibility and outreach ​
    • Networks and collaborations ​

    Charge to / Role of OESH Professionals
    Conclusion: Clear statement of specific Grand Challenge
    Acknowledgments
    References

      PROJECT TEAMS COMPOSITION

      Participation is limited to AIHA members. Each project team will be led by a project team leader. All project team members must have an AIHA Conflict of Interest form on file.

      RESPONSIBILITIES

      • Attend project team meetings as identified and agreed to by the members of the team
      • Conduct activities in accordance with relevant AIHA policies, procedures, and priorities

      GENERAL TIME COMMITMENT

      • Monthly virtual team meetings
      • Individual work on behalf of the team

      ACCOUNTABILITY

      SUBMISSION FORM

      To be considered, please complete the open call application form in full, including your CV or resume in a pdf file format by December 30, 2022.

      QUESTIONS

      If you have questions, please contact Sue Marchese-Lewis, AIHA Managing Director, Strategic Communications, External Affairs.