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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.

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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.


Funding Period

  • Budget Period Length: 12 months (July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018)
  • 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


Pacific Island Health Officers’ Association

Funding Period

  • Budget Period Length: 12 months (July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018)
  • Project Period Length: 5 years (July 1, 2016–June 30, 2021)

For more information

Contact for more information about this initiative.

PIHOA Executive Director Emi Chutaro (2nd from left) and members of the OSTLTS Partnership Support Unit visit with then-CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden (2nd from right) at CDC Headquarters.

Grantee Spotlight

For more information about individual grantees and how the current cooperative agreements aim to strengthen their public health systems, view the Grantee Spotlight.

Success Stories

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.