April 14, 2010

Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment: Reach the Decision Makers Training Program
April 7, 2010

Are you a scientist, community-based leader, public health professional or health care provider with experience in environmental or reproductive health? Join Reach the Decision Makers:

  • Spend twelve months becoming a powerful communicator on environmental and reproductive health science.
  • Learn to work in collaborative teams to educate the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on reproductive environmental health issues of importance to you and/or your community.
  • Develop the skills and tools necessary to effectively engage USEPA policy makers.
  • Establish relationships and partnerships with USEPA staff.

Reach the Decision Makers (Reach), a project of the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, is an innovative science and policy training program that works to increase the number of scientists, community-based leaders, public health professionals and health care providers who are actively involved in informing the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) of current and relevant scientific findings impacting their decisions in setting policy.  Reach is designed based on the very successful “Women’s Policy Institute” of the Women’s Foundation of California. We believe Reach will help translate science into meaningful public policy that can protect reproductive health.

The program, beginning in June 2010, is structured around a two day meeting in Washington DC, eight monthly 2-3 hour webinar trainings, and a final all day training in Oakland, CA in May 2011.  Exact dates are included in the application. The trainings will address issues related to environmental reproductive health science and public policy, including how to work with the USEPA, understanding science and the role of science in public health decision-making, team building and leadership, and how communities can use science to improve community health and well-being.

Once selected, fellows will be put into teams of 3-4 individuals and will, as a team, choose, research and develop a policy project that addresses a pressing environmental reproductive health issue. Each team’s chosen policy project will be the basis of their engagement with USEPA at an in-person Washington DC meeting in 2011. The purpose of the visit is to engage the agency on the team’s policy project, to learn more about the agency’s activities and to share their perspectives on environmental reproductive health science and policy. Fellows will be trained to identify the appropriate EPA office(s) and staff, set up their own meetings, and develop meeting materials. Each team will have a team mentor who will help guide the team in developing and implementing their policy project.

This project is made possible through a 3 year grant from the Kresge Foundation. Each fellow will receive a $500 stipend for participating in this project. Costs associated with the training program (travel, housing, food, teleconference costs) will be covered by the program. Out-of-pocket costs to participants are expected to be minimal beyond the time commitment required for participation.

The 2010 inaugural class of 18-24 fellows will be for California-based participants only. Starting in 2011, the program will accept applications from throughout the United States.

Informational conference calls will be held on the following dates and times. Please join us during that time to learn more about Reach and to have your questions answered. Please RSVP for one of these calls online at reach@obgyn.ucsf.edu.

April 21, 3:30-4:30pm
April 22, 2:00-3:00pm


If you are interested in applying for the inaugural class of 2010, please complete the application available at http://prhe.ucsf.edu/prhe/reachdecisionmakers.html and submit it to reach@obgyn.ucsf.edu. If you have any questions about the program or eligibility requirements, please contact PRHE at (510) 986-8990 or email reach@obgyn.ucsf.edu. Applications are due May 7th, 2010.


Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH
Director, UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment


Marj Plumb, DrPH, MNA
Director, Reach the Decision Makers