This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the National Organizations of State and Local Officials (NOSLO) Program: Public Health Capacity.
The purpose of this program is to assist states and local authorities in a) preserving and improving public health, b) building capacity to address other public health matters and support and enforce regulations intended to improve the public’s health, and c) preventing and suppressing communicable diseases.
To fulfill the program’s purpose, NOSLO: Public Health Capacity has the following objectives: 1) facilitate bidirectional communication and data/information-sharing between HRSA and state and/or local officials, 2) strengthen HRSA-funded programs by better understanding state and/or local stakeholder needs, priorities, and perspectives, and 3) support capacity-building activities at the state and/or local levels that strengthen the health care safety net and advance shared public health goals with HRSA.2
The term “capacity-building” includes actions that build, strengthen, and maintain the necessary competencies and resources needed to sustain or improve health services delivery to vulnerable and underserved populations. Capacity-building activities supported through NOSLO: Public Health Capacity include technical assistance and training; data collection, sharing, and analysis; materials development; or other agreed-to actions that enable state and/or local organizations to operate in a comprehensive, responsive, coordinated, and effective manner.
Through NOSLO: Public Health Capacity, HRSA will provide support to an organization that can represent the nation’s state and/or local public health officials and organizations at a national level to promote integrated systems of care, foster community partnerships, and strengthen the health care workforce.
Eligible applicants include all domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations.