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HFES Bulletin

October 2010
Volume 53, Number 10

Public Policy Matters

New Web Page for "Public Policy Matters"

By William C. Howell, Government Relations Committee Chair

     The Government Relations Committee (GRC) has recently added a page to the HFES Web site to highlight HFES Bulletin articles and other resources and reports dealing with issues related to public policy.

     In recent years, HF/E professionals and HFES have become more active at the public policy level, recognizing that decisions in that arena have a wide-ranging impact on everything from the nation's investment in HF/E research to the practices adopted by entire industries. In 2004, at the request of the HFES Executive Council, the GRC was established to provide added impetus and structure to the Society's public policy activities. Since that time, a number of GRC initiatives aimed at informing and involving the HFES membership have been attempted. The most successful to date has been the publication of noteworthy policy developments and related HFES activities under the "Public Policy Matters" banner as a regular feature in the HFES Bulletin.

     To communicate time-sensitive announcements and reports between Bulletin issues, the GRC created the Public Policy Matters page, which can be accessed from by clicking on the "Public Policy Matters" link in the left-hand navigation bar. The PPM page now contains links to public policy-related HFES Bulletin articles published since 2004, and additional content will be added in the future.

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