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Building Public Health Infrastructure in Tribal Communities to Accelerate Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in Indian Country (RFA-DP17-1704)

Strong public health capacity and infrastructure, and a culturally driven, evidence-based, and holistic approach to health promotion and disease prevention are needed to build on the inherent strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native people and address health disparities experienced by American Indians and Alaska Natives.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity is intended to contribute to reductions in chronic diseases and risk factors, reductions in disparities in health outcomes, and improvements in overall health by building public health capacity and infrastructure in Indian Country for disease surveillance, epidemiology, prevention and control of disease, injury, or disability, and program monitoring and evaluation. With this funding support, Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) will increase their capacity to deliver public health functions to and with the tribes/villages in their IHS Area (including the Urban Area).

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Details of this funding opportunity can be found at

Published: July 5, 2017
Updated: July 31, 2017

Deadline for submission: August 7, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Script from Informational Call on July 14 [PDF – 560 KB]

This 5-year funding opportunity includes 2 types of awards:

Component A: Up to 12 awards, one in each IHS Administrative Area, will increase capacity for and delivery of core public health functions, including development and delivery of public health support and services to Area tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations, and increase their own capacity for core public health functions, including collecting and monitoring data on health status objectives; evaluating delivery and data systems that impact Indian health; helping tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations to determine health status objectives and services needed to meet those objectives; providing technical assistance to tribes, tribal organizations and urban Indian organizations to develop local health priorities and disease incidence and prevalence rates; and providing disease surveillance and promoting public health, among others.

Component B: Up to one award will be made to establish a Network Coordinating Center (NCC) for the purpose of collaboratively supporting and coordinating Component A work, including project organization, logistics, communication, and performance evaluation support for the Component A awardees to achieve health outcomes in their areas. The NCC will facilitate the formation of a Steering Committee consisting of the Principal Investigators from each Component A award. The Component B awardee may or may not also receive a Component A award.

A series of short and intermediate-term outcomes to reduce chronic disease and related risk factors is expected to be achieved as a result of awardee efforts. The long-term outcomes are:

  • Improving surveillance, data collection, and monitoring of health status.
  • Delivering effective chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs.
  • Developing sustainable public health capacity and infrastructure.