DANIEL H. ANNA, PhD, CIH, CSP, is president of AIHA and senior industrial hygienist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. He can be reached at (240) 228-1980 or
The First Glimpse of AIHA’s Strategic Direction
Last month’s President’s Message focused on the input and processes used by the Strategic Direction Task Force to develop recommendations for the organization’s goals over the next few years. This year-long effort culminated with the AIHA Board’s adoption of the Strategic Plan at its October meeting. SHARPER FOCUS, GREATER IMPACT At some point during the past several months, the phrase “Sharper Focus, Greater Impact” became the tagline for the strategic plan. This concept aligns with two fundamental ideas that have formed a foundation for decisions over the past few years: AIHA will focus on industrial hygiene knowledge and expertise. This idea helps us focus on the core segment of our community: industrial hygiene professionals. But it also helps us recognize that our knowledge and expertise benefit a broader base of allied professionals. AIHA will develop focused partnerships and alliances. Just as others benefit from our expertise in core IH areas, our member community can benefit from the expertise of those in allied professions. By creating and leading coalitions with specialized associations, we achieve scaled impact, generate new content on worker health issues, and deliver enhanced value to broader populations. These ideas have produced new relationships that strengthen our community, expand our reach, and improve the visibility of issues related to protecting worker health. The sharper focus on core industrial hygiene content is leading to a greater impact within our profession, in allied professions, and, in some cases, an even broader community.
We need to give our members the knowledge and skills they need to become more effective influencers.