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The Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) was formed to support and improve public health at all levels. The mission of OSTLTS is to advance US public health agency and system performance, capacity, agility, and resilience.





    Director: Kristin M. Brusuelas (on detail)

    Acting Director: Harald Pietz

    The Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement Unit (SOEU) is located within the OSTLTS Office of the Director. SOEU was created to support health system transformation and empower state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health agencies to promote better health outcomes, better health care, and lower costs. SOEU activities include

    • Engaging traditional public health partners and other stakeholders to leverage work and promote the value of public health to the healthcare system
    • Coordinating with OADP, NCCDPHP, and with other CDC programs to identify resources and expertise to help more STLT health departments participate actively in health system transformation
    • Collaborating with staff in the OSTLTS Office of the Director, DPHPI, and the Public Health Law Program on health system transformation to maximize efforts


    Director, Public Health Law Program: Matthew Penn

    The Public Health Law Program is administered by the Public Health Law Office within the OSTLTS Office of the Director. Public Health Law Program activities include

    • Providing support and consultation for, and access to, public health law expertise at state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) public health levels
    • Reviewing , studying , and disseminating information about existing state and local laws that may have application to public health
    • Engaging national, state, and local public health partners and policy makers; state, local, and US court systems; and law enforcement in identifying priorities and in developing and applying legal tools
    • Developing practical, law-centered tools for practitioners and policy makers at the STLT levels
    • Providing consultation and technical assistance to CDC programs and partners


    Director: Craig Thomas

    Deputy Director: Stacey M. Jenkins

    Chief, Applied Systems Research and Evaluation Branch: Andrea C. Young

    Acting Chief, Health Department and Systems Development Branch: Roberta Erlwein

    The mission of the Division of Public Health Performance Improvement (DPHPI) is to advance U.S. public health agency and system performance to better serve and protect the population. DPHPI activities include

    • Promoting coordination among federal and state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health agencies to support the improvement and development of organizations and enable evidence-based policy and decision making
    • Identifying and evaluating gaps in the structure and operation of public health agencies and systems
    • Forecasting emerging opportunities and challenges to governmental public health agencies and systems and assisting in prioritizing essential resources to ensure optimal response
    • Strengthening operational performance and capability of STLT health agencies
    • Developing and disseminating evidence of successful strategies, organizational structures, policies, programs, and system improvements
    • Supporting STLTs to meet national standards and attain accreditation
    • Supporting STLT health agency performance management and quality improvement activities
    • Providing the scientific leadership and management to ensure the quality of science within OSTLTS
    • DPHPI consists of the Applied Systems Evaluation and Research Branch and the Health Department and Systems Development Branch.

    Applied Systems Research and Evaluation Branch
    Applied Systems Research and Evaluation Branch activities include

    • Engaging in research to identify gaps in the structure and operation of public health agencies and systems
    • Evaluating and reporting on STLT health outcomes and other indicators as appropriate to stimulate improvement activities
    • Conducting assessments and analysis of programs and data to increase effectiveness and efficiencies
    • Providing evidence of successful strategies, organizational structures, policies, programs, and system improvements that advance prevention and health promotion programs and overall health outcomes
    • Evaluating and validating standards, policies, leading practices, and models across CDC and STLT agencies

    Health Department and Systems Development Branch
    Health Department and Systems Development Branch activities include

    • Identifying, synthesizing, and forecasting emerging opportunities and challenges to public health departments and systems
    • Providing leadership to prioritize and develop tools, resources, standards, and practices to strengthen operational performance and capability of STLT health departments with special emphasis on performance and quality improvement, as well as assessment and planning
    • Supporting efforts to use national accreditation and other important standards to improve public health performance, quality, and service delivery
    • Providing technical assistance, expertise, consultation, and cross-learning opportunities to STLT health departments


    Associate Director for Partnership Support: Samuel Taveras

    The Partnership Support Unit (PSU) is located within OSTLTS. Partnership support activities are designed to advance the mission and goals of CDC and OSTLTS and include

    • Coordinating CDC-wide funding to national, nonprofit public health partner organizations to strengthen and build capacity and infrastructure of public health agencies and public health systems
    • Improving management and administration of the partnership cooperative agreement
    • Improving performance of CDC-funded public health partners
    • Providing support for cross-agency partnerships, relationships, and collaborations
    • Maintaining ongoing communication with public health partners and technical advisors
    • Maintaining documentation on public health partner business activities and progress in achieving proposed objectives
    • Improving the access to, and quality of, public health partner products and services
    • Leveraging partner services, products, and value to improve the function and accountability of state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments


    Acting Associate Director for Tribal Support: CAPT Joe Maloney

    Senior Advisor for Tribal Research and Program Integration: Delight E. Satter

    Within the OSTLTS' Office of the Director, the Tribal Support Unit coordinates CDC programs and policies that benefit or affect American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. The Tribal Support Unit works to

    • Enhance the relationship building and liaison role between CDC/ATSDR and tribes
    • Develop tribal-related communication strategies
    • Apply the Tribal Consultation Policy and formal government-to-government consultation
    • Collaborate with AI/AN-serving organizations, including urban and rural Indian organizations
    • Manage the Tribal Advisory Committee, which advises the CDC director and ATSDR administrator on policy issues and broad strategies affecting AI/AN tribes and people
    • Partner with the US Department of Health and Human Services
    • Manage extramural funding affecting AI/AN communities
    • Serve as subject matter experts on CDC/ATSDR-wide Native efforts

 


 

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  • Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support
  • Mailstop: E-70
    4770 Buford Highway, NE
    Atlanta, GA 30341
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