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What Is This CPAG I Keep Hearing About?

​​​By Dina Siegel

ThinkstockPhotos-500845845.jpgOver the last few months, you have probably heard the word “CPAG” in town halls, in AIHA Volunteer Group conference calls or meetings, and on Catalyst. It’s not meant to be a mystery for professionals like yourself to decipher. Let me take a moment to fill everyone in on AIHA’s biggest non-secret! 

The Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) was set up to support the AIHA Board of Directors in aligning AIHA’s content to the needs of the profession. CPAG is made up of your fellow AIHA members, supported by AIHA staff and a Board liaison. CPAG representatives and staff work with AIHA volunteer groups to analyze AIHA content and provide direction to fill identified gaps. CPAG reviews proposals for new content development initiatives, reviews existing content, and uses environmental scanning to validate existing priorities as well as to identify possible future content priorities. 

You know all of that content that you have access to as a member? CPAG’s efforts assure that AIHA maintains the relevance of that content, which provides you with the necessary tools to accomplish your day-to-day responsibilities of protecting worker health. CPAG’s efforts are crucial to keeping our profession ahead of current trends, opportunities, research, and insights. What it all really means, simply, is that CPAG provides input to the Board that sets the tone for our profession’s future. 

I have benefitted greatly as the Board liaison for CPAG by gaining perspectives that have been invaluable in my own professional pathway. I would urge our younger professionals to step up at some point in their career and consider serving on CPAG. The experience will provide you with an awareness of our profession that may well move you into position as one of our profession’s thought leaders. At the very least, it will open the doors to new avenues of knowledge and experience that will best serve you in protecting worker health every day. 

My thanks to CPAG and staff for all that they do. If you have any questions, contact information is on the AIHA CPAG page.

Dina Siegel, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, is AIHA secretary-elect.



Thanks, Dina, for your article highlighting the work of CPAG.  As the current chair, we are working with board, staff and volunteer groups to move content forward, especially in the areas of the content priorities (big data, business case, exposure banding, global standard of care, sensor technology, total worker exposure, and changing workforce).  As Dina mentioned, on the AIHA CPAG webpage there is a link to the dashboard for each content priority.  Please take a look at the dashboards, as each one has ideas for initiatives to help move these initiatives forward.  We are looking for member's input on these initiatives and ideas from the VG.   We want this to be a way for AIHA to stay on the cutting edge of OEHS content.
Elizabeth L. Pullen, CIH, FAIHANo presence information on 12/5/2018 3:48 PM by Elizabeth Pullen | Flag comment for inappropriate content

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