Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services in Indian Country
On August 29, 2023, CDC’s National Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce (Public Health Infrastructure Center) launched a new 5-year cooperative agreement— CDC-RFA-TO-23-0001: Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services in Indian Country —to help improve public health outcomes and lessen health inequities in Indian Country. This program continues CDC’s commitment to tribal health. As of October 2023, CDC has provided nearly $26 million to 26 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes and regional AI/AN Tribally designated organizations to improve Tribal public health infrastructure and services to Tribal communities.
How funding works
The program’s purpose is to strengthen the quality, performance, and infrastructure of Tribal public health systems, including workforce, data and information systems, and programs and services. Recipients will work to improve capacity to develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs and services to address prioritized public health activities in AI/AN communities.
- Implement Foundational Public Health Capabilities to strengthen assessment/surveillance, public health preparedness and response; policy development, communications, community partnerships, organizational competencies, and accountability and performance management.
- Implement Data Modernization activities to develop and deploy scalable, flexible, and sustainable technologies, policies, and methods in support of data implementation and analytical capabilities related to the Essential Public Health Services.
- Implement Public Health Programs and Services to comprehensively meet tribal public health needs.
- Implement Workforce activities to develop and maintain a diverse workforce with cross-cutting skills and competencies.
Activities and progress
Expected program outcomes are improved capacity to develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs and services to address prioritized public health activities in AI/AN communities.
This program has a two-part funding strategy:
- Funding Strategy 1 (Initial Funding) — Each year recipients receive initial funding through this strategy to support the people, services, and systems needed to protect health in tribal communities.
- Funding Strategy 2 (Supplemental Funding) — Each year recipients can apply for supplemental funding available from CDC programs. Not all applicants chose to apply for additional funding through Funding Strategy 2.
- Budget period length: 12 months (August 31 – August 30)
- Period of performance: 5 years (August 31, 2023 – August 30, 2028)
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