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Strong Systems, Stronger Communities: Strengthening Tribal Public Health Systems

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Indian Health Board
Oct 1, 2021

Jessica Dean


Strong Systems, Stronger Communities: Strengthening Tribal Public Health Systems (formerly the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative) provides funding and technical assistance for projects designed to build the public health capacity of Tribes.

The program is divided into two cohorts:

Self-Assessment Award - intended for tribal entities new to performance improvement who wish to conduct a self-assessment of their current ability and departmental needs to meet public health accreditation standards. Self-Assessment awardees will receive training, form a team, and complete a self-assessment.

Performance Improvement (PI)/System Improvement (SI) Awards - focus on incorporating health equity and interconnection of various systems that can impact the public health of the community. Tribes will have the opportunity to perform work by choosing project categories in either the PI path, SI path, or both. Support for public health accreditation activities is offered, but seeking accreditation is not required.

Intended program outcomes include:

  • Increased performance improvement practice
  • Increased innovation in response to system integration challenges
  • Progress toward national public health standards

Eligible participants include official health entities of federally recognized tribal governments, tribal organizations, and inter-tribal consortia.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Self-Assessment Awards: $3,000
PI/SI Awards: Up to $12,000

Applicants may apply for either or both of the opportunities.

Technical assistance (TA) includes a in person awardee meeting for each cohort, monthly one-on-one TA for awardees, national webinars, training opportunities, a monthly Tribal Accreditation Learning Community (TALC), and networking with other Tribal, national and regional resources.

Application process

A link to the application package is available on the program website.

Email the completed application and required attachments to Jessica Dean.

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Health disparities · Needs assessment methods and resources · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Public health

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