To improve public trust, one comment stated that stakeholders (including the workers and residents) should be engaged prior to conducting research, during research, and during follow-up. Another comment suggested that one organization be charged with reviewing data and releasing that information to the community.
A number of public comments expressed the need to coordinate across response and research activities related to the oil spill. Suggestions included establishing a National Disaster Research Coordinator. One comment noted that this type of approach could reduce confusion that will result if the community receives the same proposal from multiple entities.
A number of public comments focused on using surveillance systems to prevent future adverse health impacts. Suggestions included adopting regulations to limit day-to-day worker exposures, establishing best practices for both physical and mental prevention behaviors. A few comments wondered if more training for workers was warranted.
A number of comments noted the absence of adequate resources to address both physical and psychological health effects of the oil spill. For example, one comment noted that few mental health doctors or therapists are available in some of the affected communities.