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

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, PhD, 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, PhD, 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

About ORAU

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 150 colleges and universities, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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