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The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP) provides free nationwide medical screenings for former energy workers who may have been exposed to hazardous substances at work.

The screenings, which may be repeated every three years, target certain occupational diseases, such as respiratory illnesses or cancer, but also identify general health issues such as diabetes. This approach focuses on the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concept called Total Worker Health™.

ORAU has managed NSSP for DOE since the program began in 2005, ensuring thousands of former energy workers receive the health screenings needed to provide occupational and non-occupational findings to improve their overall health.

National Supplemental Screening Program

Toll-Free Number: 1.866.812.6703
Website: www.orau.org/nssp

The program serves former DOE employees, contractors and subcontractors from:

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Fermi Lab
  • Hanford (production workers)
  • Kansas City Plant (production workers)
  • Savannah River Site
  • Princeton Plasma Physics Lab
  • Pinellas Plant (production workers)
  • Rocky Flats (production workers)
  • Former workers who can’t be served by other site-specific programs because of distance

ORAU and partners National Jewish Health, Comprehensive Health Services Incorporated, Axion Health, and the University of Colorado, Denver, offer NSSP screenings at more than 2,000 clinics in every state across the United States.

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DOE’s NSSP uses medical screenings to identify occupational diseases, such as chronic respiratory illnesses and some forms of cancer, among former energy workers. More than just determining occupational exposures, the process also identifies other health problems—potentially caused by lifestyle and environmental exposures—such as diabetes and hypertension. A total exposure/total health approach significantly improves workers’ ability to address not only work-related illnesses but their overall health.

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Our Experts

Donna Cragle

Donna Cragle, Ph.D.

Expertise: Occupational epidemiology, design and implementation of large-scale worker health studies and programs, manages a program of more than 200 experts and professionals

  • Adjunct faculty, University of Tennessee
  • Lead epidemiologist/founder of beryllium lymphocyte proliferation testing at ORAU
  • Management advisor, ORAU Team providing dose reconstructions to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act
  • Director, National Supplemental Screening Program providing media screening to former U.S. Department of Energy workers nationwide
  • Lead epidemiologist, medical screening program for residents affected by TVA Kingston Fossil Plant coal fly ash spill
Ashley Golden

Ashley Golden, Ph.D.

Expertise: Biostatistics, epidemiology, radiation exposure, occupational health

  • Awardee: Early Stage Radiation Investigator Award, Conference on Radiation and Health and Radiation Research Society, October 2016
  • Presenter, International Symposium on Epidemiology in Occupational Health, Edinburgh, Scotland, August 2017
  • Presenter, Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, July 2017
  • Presenter, American Public Health Association, November 2016
  • Reviewer, Health Physics Journal, NCRP technical reports, and PLOS One Journal
Wendy Benade

Wendy Benade

Expertise: Clinical program management and administration  

  • Administrative Manager, National Supplemental Screening Program providing medical screening to former U.S. Department of Energy workers nationwide
  • Co-Author, Integrated Approach to Health Screening of Former Department of Energy Workers Detects Both Occupational and Non-Occupational Illness, American Journal of Industrial Medicine 59:200–211 (2016)
  • Manager, Nationwide clinical programs for more than 20 years
  • Liaison, Development of user interfaces with IT teams

Contact us

For more information on designing or managing your health programs, contact Dr. Donna Cragle at 865.576.2866 or donna.cragle@orau.org.

For more information about contracting with ORAU, contact Dominic Moro at 865.241.1446 or dominic.moro@orau.org.