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PERFORMANCE BUDGET OVERVIEW DISCUSSION OF ATSDR STRATEGIC PLAN

DISCUSSION OF ATSDR STRATEGIC PLAN

ATSDR’s mission, focus and overarching strategic goals are complementary to the HHS Strategic Plan and support the agency’s congressional mandate. The agency’s strategic goals, listed below, were developed with OMB during ATSDR’s 2003 PART evaluation.

Goal 1: Prevent ongoing and future exposures and resultant health effects from hazardous waste sites and releases.

ATSDR prevents ongoing and future exposures by responding to toxic substance releases when they occur or as they are discovered. The agency is successful in preventing ongoing and future exposures when EPA, state regulatory agencies, or private organizations accept the agency’s recommendations and take appropriate actions. Therefore, ATSDR takes an active approach of following up on its recommendations with the regulatory agencies to ensure they adopt ATSDR’s public health and safety recommendations.

Goal 2: Determine human health effects associated with exposures to Superfund-related priority hazardous substances.

ATSDR works to determine the relationship between toxic exposures and disease. These efforts include various health studies, toxicological research, disease tracking, and surveillance studies. ATSDR’s research findings improve the science base for environmental public health decision-making by filling gaps in knowledge about effects from exposure to hazardous substances. ATSDR strives to fill critical data gaps associated with the 275 priority hazardous substances – those substances most often found to impact health at Superfund sites.

Goal 3: Mitigate the risks of human health effects at toxic waste sites with documented exposures.

A key indicator of the success of ATSDR’s work with its partners is not only to identify exposures to toxic substances, but also to take action and follow-up to ensure that the effect of these risks on exposed individuals is minimal. CDC uses behavior change as a measurement of success but also focuses on more outcome-oriented measures, such as comparing morbidity/mortality rates, measuring the reduction of environmental exposures, performing biomarker tests, and monitoring the behavior change of relevant community members and/or health professionals.

Goal 4: Build and enhance effective partnerships.

ATSDR works through partnerships to build environmental public health capacity outside the agency as a means of protecting a greater number of people against exposures to hazardous substances. Ultimately, working with partners allows ATSDR to reach more people than it ever could alone. ATSDR monitors and evaluates its partners’ performance on a quarterly basis and continues to improve training and information sharing to enhance performance.

For additional information on the link between ATSDR’s budget and HHS strategic goal, please refer to the Budget by Strategic Goal Table in the FY 2008 HHS Annual Plan.

FY 2008 ATSDR CONGRESSIONAL JUSTIFICATION SAFER·HEALTHIER·PEOPLE

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