The US public health system is most effective when government teams up with national nonprofit organizations to address emerging epidemics, develop the public health workforce, communicate public health information, translate science to practice, and evaluate effective public health services.
National public health partners with their memberships and associations have the reach, influence, access, and capabilities for an effective public health response. A key role for national public health partners is to provide capacity-building assistance to ensure a capable and efficient public health workforce.
Current Cooperative Agreement
The Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) coordinates several initiatives that provide capacity building assistance; among them is a partnership initiative entitled “Building Capacity of the Public Health System to Improve Population Health through National, Nonprofit Organizations.”
OSTLTS awarded 25 national nonprofit organizations for its five-year funding opportunity.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American College of Preventive Medicine, Inc.
- American Lung Association
- American Public Health Association
- Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum
- Association of American Indian Physicians, Inc.
- Association of State and Territorial Chronic Disease Program Directors, Inc.
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
- Association of State Public Health Nutritionists
- Association of University Centers on Disabilities
- ChangeLab Solutions
- Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
- JSI Research and Training Institute
- March of Dimes Foundation
- National Association of Community Health Centers
- National Association of County and City Health Officials
- National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
- National Council of Young Men's Christian Association of the USA
- National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
- National Healthy Start Association
- National Indian Health Board
- National Network of Public Health Institutes
- Public Health Foundation
- Task Force for Global Health/Public Health Informatics Institute
- United States Breastfeeding Committee, Inc.
- Budget Period Length: 12 months (July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016)
- Project Period Length: 5 years (July 1, 2013–June 30, 2018)
Completed Cooperative Agreement
Capacity Building Assistance to Strengthen Public Health Infrastructure and Performance (CDC-FOA HM08-805)
During June 1, 2008, to May 31, 2013, CDC funded 11 national nonprofit public health organizations to help provide guidance, support, and technical assistance for state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments.
OSTLTS is pleased to share these success stories resulting from partner participation and can be found on the Public Health Practice Stories from the Field website. To access Partnership Support Unit (PSU) stories, look for “PSU” as the source in the far-right column.