Public health agencies, researchers, nonprofits, medical practices, and others involved in environmental health sciences have a new tool to add free, up-to-date information directly to their websites.
Known as syndication, the feature lets users choose from a wide array of NIEHS information. Unlike simply copying web content, syndication means that whenever the institute updates the source page, users’ pages will also be automatically updated. Institute web pages available for syndication are marked with a blue box, like the one below.
The topics below are available now, and more will be added over time.
- Topics in environmental health, from acrylamide to toxicology.
- The What’s New listings of the latest NIEHS grant opportunities.
- Lesson plans for educators and for scientists who visit classrooms.
- NIEHS clinical research studies open to new participants, such as the CaREFREE Study: Calorie Restriction, Environment, and Fitness: Reproductive Effects Evaluation.
- Laboratory protocols, including Disruption and Homogenization of Tissue for the Extraction of RNA and others.
Customize information from across HHS
Syndication is offered by National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutes and centers, as well as HHS agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.
“This is an easy way to get information out to people who can use it,” said Cheryl Thompson, NIEHS website manager. “A health clinic that sees a lot of patients with asthma might want to import the health topic content on asthma, as well as recruitment information on our asthma clinical study, to their clinic website, to inform patients.”
The import process allows text and images to be customized so they have the look and feel of the user’s website. The imported information will appear with a statement that the content comes from NIEHS.
Save time, get trustworthy health info
“It is simple to import the content directly into your system,” said Christen Geiler, from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. “The information is vetted, it’s free, and has 24-by-7 updates. Instead of writing new stories, health groups and others can syndicate something that’s already been done.”
NIEHS Health Scientist Administrator Michelle Heacock, Ph.D., who works with the institute’s Superfund Research Program (SRP), sees a variety of potential uses. “It would be easy to pull in, say, information on arsenic and use it on a website for educational purposes,” she said. “For example, an SRP center could select information specific to the exposures or contaminants in their area, and highlight lesson plans for use by local schools.”
According to Geiler, syndication allows HHS to support public health and research organizations by offering content across education, state and local systems, and public and commercial sites. “Through syndication, groups have built extensive sites with content they otherwise might not have offered to their audience,” she said.