DR2 Workshop

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The University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences is hosting a series of Disaster Research Response (DR2) Workshop events this year to bring together experts from across the Northwest to discuss research protocols to be used in the event of a major Pacific Northwest hazard such as earthquake, heatwave or wildfire smoke events.   


The Seattle DR2 Workshop will take place from August 9-11, 2022 at the University of Washington’s Intellectual House. The goal of the Disaster Research Response (DR2) Workshop is to build regional capacity for public and environmental health research response following disasters that will occur within the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Event participants will include local, state, and federal officials, as well as representatives from PNW Tribes, academia, the private sector, and community-based organizations.

The workshop is organized around seven objectives:

  1. Explore the integration of environmental and public health, medicine, engineering, and geosciences data collection and research to reduce community health impacts during disaster response and recovery.
  2. Improve the capacity of multidisciplinary academic programs to develop and implement time critical investigations and research for response and recovery efforts.
  3. Identify timely strategies for discussing ethical considerations of disaster research and Institutional Review Board (IRB) review of disaster research protocols.
  4. Facilitate relationships and knowledge sharing among local, state, Tribal, federal, academic, and community stakeholders.
  5. Develop processes to facilitate research collaborations between the U.S. and other nations in response to disaster.
  6. Discuss new approaches for fostering collaborative research across NIEHS Centers and grantees, as well as other federal agency grantees following a disaster.
  7. Explore opportunities across federal agencies, private foundations, and other sources to help fund disaster research capacity development and vital research responses.


Workshop Structure

The workshop will showcase regional capacity for disaster research and education, and include opportunities for participant discussion about future directions, engagement and partnership opportunities. The workshop will include a series of individual and panel presentations by researchers, government and community partners, as well as interactive workshop participant discussion. The workshop will also host a federal partners roundtable, targeted training by the UW RAPID Facility, a poster session, and other optional events (TBA).

Download the agenda

More details about the meeting will be made available in the coming weeks. If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Betsy (Eagin) Galluzzo and Jamie Vickery. If you have any questions about DR2, please visit the DR2 Program website.


Workshop Location

August 9 – 11, 2022
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House
University of Washington Campus
4249 Whitman Court, Seattle, WA 98195
Seattle, Washington
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House website



You can register using this link.


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Description of Aug 9 - 11 DR2 Workshop

A detailed overview of the goals, topics and speakers to be held Aug 9 -11. 

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DR2 Workshop Flier

A flier with details about the Aug 9 -11 workshop to share. 

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Register for the DR2 Workshop

Use this link to register for the August 9 -11 in person DR2 workshop.