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ORAU receives Partner of the Year Award for NSSP, improving worker health protections

ORAU received the first-ever Partner of the Year Award from the Center for Health, Work and Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health during a virtual award ceremony on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

Lee Newman, Ph.D., the center’s director, said the award selection committee unanimously agreed that ORAU is “uniquely deserving of this award based on its leadership of the National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP), the thousands of former Departent of Energy workers who have benefitted from the program, and ORAU’s efforts to promote national policies to improve heath protections for workers.”

Upon accepting the award, Donna Cragle, Ph.D., senior advisor, said ORAU values its more than 15-year relationship with the CHWE and our shared dedication to worker health and safety. “Workers need to know what they’re working with, the health exposures they may have as a result, and be able to work in a safe environment,” she said.

The NSSP offers free customized medical screenings to former energy workers who may have been exposed to hazardous substances on the job site. The screenings are designed to identify occupational diseases such as chronic respiratory illnesses, hearing loss, kidney or liver disease and some forms of cancer. For more information about the NSSP, visit

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ORAU, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, provides science, health, and workforce solutions that address national priorities and serve the public interest. Through our specialized teams of experts and access to a consortium of more than 150 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local, and commercial customers to provide innovative scientific and technical solutions and help advance their missions. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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