Occupational traumatic injuries place a substantial burden on the country. The TI Research Program has demonstrated success in addressing them. Every program can improve, however, and NIOSH specifically requested that the ERCs provide suggestions for program improvement. The committee has offered nine recommendations in the areas of strategic planning, coordination and collaboration, workforce development, transfer, and the changing nature of work. The TI Research Program is aware of the need for these activities and is working to address all of them. The committee hopes that these recommendations are useful in supporting and encouraging its efforts.
With a focus on program improvement as outlined in this chapter, the TI Research Program can continue to serve as a leader in the field by identifying its niche in research, collaborating with partners, and sponsoring important high-quality research that contributes to reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with injury in the workplace.
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