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EXTENDED Request for Applications

October 12, 2020

Strong Systems, Stronger Communities: Strengthening Tribal Public Health Systems
Self-Assessment Cohort
Rolling Application Period Ends Wednesday, October 14
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are pleased to announce the third cycle of funding for Strong Systems, Stronger Communities (SSSC) for Tribes.
WHAT IS SSSC? This opportunity builds on NIHB’s Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (Tribal ASI) that ran from FY 2014-2018, and the FY 2018-2020 cycle of SSSC, and continues NIHB’s commitment to the strengthening of Tribal public health systems by offering support and technical assistance directly to Tribes for projects designed to build their public health capacity.
The intended outcomes of SSSC are:
• Increased performance improvement practice
• Increased innovation in response to system integration challenges, and
• Progress toward national public health standards.
Tribes who have participated in Tribal ASI and SSSC in the past have reported the following benefits:
  • Improved Credibility
  • Improved State and Local Relations
  • Increased Staff Pride and Assurances
  • Exercise in Tribal Sovereignty
  • Quality Improvement of Services
  • Improved Health of the Community
WHAT IS THE SSSC SELF-ASSESSMENT AWARD? The Self-Assessment Award is 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, as defined by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The Self-Assessment awardees will receive training, form a team, and complete a self-assessment.
WHAT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (TA) FOR SSSC IS PROVIDED? NIHB conducts an in person awardee meeting, monthly TA for awardees, national webinars, training opportunities at NIHB national conferences, a monthly Tribal Accreditation Learning Community (TALC), and networking with other Tribal, national and regional resources.
HOW MUCH FUNDING IS AVAILABLE? $3,000 each
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SSSC? Official health entities of federally recognized Tribal governments, Tribal organizations, or inter-Tribal consortiums, as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, as amended.
TO APPLY: The request for applications (RFA) can be downloaded, completed as a Word document, and then submitted. Completed applications are due to NIHB via email by Wednesday, October 14, 2020, by 11:59pm Eastern Time.
  • NOTE: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit your applications early, as once this cohort is filled, applications will no longer be accepted, regardless of the date.

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