The IHSFC will manage cross-sectoral, stakeholder-driven translational research projects to achieve two goals:
• Create science-based decision support that stakeholders will apply to improve environmental public health.
• Cultivate long-lasting relationships that break down barriers between scientists and stakeholders, open rich channels of communication, create an enduring scientist-stakeholder community, and build the environmental health literacy of stakeholders by teaching them where they can find state-of-the-art environmental health science information on demand.
We will achieve these goals through the following steps with each participating stakeholder:
Step 1: Form a Project Steering Committee. A Project Steering Committee (PSC) will select the research team, create a Research and Collaboration Plan, and lead and coordinate the ongoing research effort.
Step 2: Select and Build a Research Team. The PSC will select a joint multidisciplinary research team capable of co-producing knowledge that can inform the stakeholder decision. To help us identify research teams with a critical mass of skills to satisfy stakeholder needs, the IHSFC will catalogue the expertise of the EHS CC members in a novel Expertise Database/Discovery Index.
Step 3: Create a Draft Research and Collaboration Plan. Clarity on these scientific and administrative issues at the outset will help the team avoid misunderstandings, conflicts, and delays during later stages of the project.
Step 4: Hold a Kickoff Meeting. The Project Steering Committee will convene a face-to-face meeting of all the members of the cross-sectoral research team.
Step 5: Lead, Coordinate, and Execute the Cross-Sectoral Translational Research Project.