National Partnership Capacity Building Program
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 Agreements
The Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) coordinates funding opportunities that provide capacity building assistance to grantees.
Funding Opportunity: 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)
Funding Opportunity: Strengthening the Public Health System in the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands
OSTLTS has awarded a five-year cooperative agreement to the Pacific Island Health Officers’ Association (PIHOA), which aims to strengthen the quality, performance, and sustainability of the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) public health system through the provision of capacity building assistance. Its goal is to optimize the quality and performance of the following components of the USAPI’s public health system: business services, workforce, data and information systems, public health practice and services, partnerships, laws and policies, and resources. The project’s strategies and related activities stem from national recommendations for capacity building assistance and are based on OSTLTS’s priorities, program experience, and evidence-based recommendations from the scientific literature and national reports published by federal councils and national public health organizations, such as the US Department of Health and Human Services, Healthy People 2020, the Institute of Medicine, the National Prevention Strategy, and the World Health Organization.
These capacity building assistance strategies are:
- Public health leadership to build leadership knowledge, skills, and competencies to improve governance, decision making, and accountability
- Public health system and infrastructure to strengthen system and agency needs and determine steps to improve operational capacity
- Public health workforce segments to enable improvement of competencies and workforce attrition and retention
- Public health laws and policies to strengthen responses to current challenges and the evolving physical, social, and built environments that contribute new challenges
- Evidence-based public health practices and services to strengthen delivery essential public health services in a comprehensive manner
- Public health monitoring and surveillance systems to increase the capacity to support integration, maintenance, and interpretation of data and information systems across the public health system
- Budget Period Length: 12 months (July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017)
- Project Period Length: 5 years (July 1, 2016–June 30, 2021)
For more information
Contact OSTLTSPIHOAFOA@cdc.gov for more information about this initiative.
For more information about individual grantees and how the current cooperative agreements aim to strengthen their public health systems, view the Grantee Spotlight.
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.
- Page last reviewed: August 11, 2016
- Page last updated: August 11, 2016
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