Resources for New Health Officials

CDC’s National Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce (Public Health Infrastructure Center) was established with the mission of strengthening the public’s health through effective and efficient delivery of public health infrastructure and workforce development. Part of this mission is to promote and protect health in every US community 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.

The Public Health Infrastructure Center 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 Public Health Infrastructure Center Programs That Can Support Your Work

    • 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 5 US territories and 3 freely associated states the ability to address prioritized public health needs in their jurisdictions, in collaboration with local and tribal public health agencies and organizations
    • Cooperative Agreements, Grants & Partnerships
      The Public Health Infrastructure Center coordinates various cooperative agreements to provide capacity-building assistance to health departments and other public health partners
    • Public Health Associate Program (PHAP)
      Program that places early-career public health professionals in state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies host sites
    • Public Health Law Program
      Provides technical assistance and information on legal matters pertaining to public health
Are there American Indian/Alaska Native communities in your jurisdiction?

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.