Resources for New Health Officials

The Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) was established to support and improve the capacity and performance of the public health system at all levels. The CSTLTS mission is to improve community health outcomes by strengthening state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies. This crucial goal can be achieved through meaningful collaboration and partnership with the leaders of the public health system. CSTLTS works within CDC and in the field to identify gaps, opportunities for collaboration, and strategies to support and enhance public health work.

Navigating CDC and learning about the various forms of assistance available to health officials can be confusing. The following resources can help.

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Explore CSTLTS Programs That Can Support Your Work

  • Public Health Associate Program
    The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) places early-career public health professionals in state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies; learn more about applying to become a PHAP host site
  • Public Health Law Program
    The Public Health Law Program provides guidance or information on legal matters pertaining to certain aspects of public health
  • Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant
    The Preventive and Health Services Block Grant provides all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 2 American Indian tribes, and 8 US territories with funding to address their unique public health needs
  • Grantee Highlights – Read how states, territories, and tribes have used block grant funds to improve health in their communities
  • Cooperative Agreements, Grants & Partnerships:
    CSTLTS coordinates various cooperative agreements to provide capacity-building assistance to health departments and other public health partners
Are there American Indian/Alaska Native communities in your jurisdiction?
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CDC works collaboratively with tribes, tribal-serving organizations, and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to ensure AI/AN people receive public health services that keep them safe and healthy. Visit CDC’s Tribal Health website to find helpful information and tools, including tribal geography in relation to state boundaries,  AI/AN contributions to public health, a training to help government officials effectively engage with tribes, and resources for addressing health challenges and disparities experienced by AI/AN communities.