NIDCD’s Office of Health Communication and Public Liaison (OHCPL) is the first point of contact for individuals seeking information about institute activities. Public liaison activities include providing information to inquirers about research findings, diseases and disorders, health messages, resources, clinical trials, and other activities of the institute. Answers to inquirers about these activities are accomplished by writing articles about institute findings, preparing publications, attending meetings, and developing relationships with voluntary and professional health agencies and organizations.
Here are some examples of NIDCD activities that include members of the public:
- The National Deafness and Other Communications Disorders (NDCD) Advisory Council. The function of the Council is to advise the NIDCD director on matters relating to the conduct and support of research and research training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to disorders of human communication.
- NIDCD seeks patients to participate in NIDCD clinical trials. Clinical research studies (sometimes called trials or protocols) are a means of developing new treatments and medications for diseases and disorders.
- NIDCD exhibits at and participates in national conferences of organizations that have an interest in the research areas of the institute. NIDCD publications and other materials are disseminated to participants. NIDCD also produces a regularly updated Resources Directory to encourage networking among individuals and organizations with an interest in human communication disorders.
- NIDCD scientists in the Speakers Bureau are available to talk about a variety of topics on the normal and disordered processes of hearing and deafness, balance, voice, speech, and language. In addition, they can give overviews of the basic biology of the inner ear sensory system, as well as discuss specific research directions, careers in science, and training programs at NIH.
- In October 2008, NIDCD launched It's a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing.® This health education campaign is designed to increase awareness among parents of preteen children (ages 8 to 12) about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. With this information, parents and other adults can encourage children to adopt healthy habits that will help them protect their hearing for life.
For more information about public liaison activities, contact:
Office of Health Communication and Public Liaison
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders
31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Bethesda, MD 20892-2320
Voice: (301) 827-8183