Public Health Policy and Strategy Innovation Hub

About the Public Health Policy and Strategy Innovation Hub

A new training opportunity for early, mid, and senior career state, tribal, local, and territory public health practitioners is available through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Public Health Policy and Strategy Innovation Hub. This strategy-focused training program provides critical and systematic thinking about how governmental agencies can prepare for unforeseen circumstances and uncertainty in the public health landscape.

As part of the public health community’s effort to upgrade to Public Health 3.0, the Innovation Hub provides training to support public health practitioners’ multisectoral efforts that can further strategic foresight and thinking, use adaptive leadership to navigate the changing landscape of public health funding, enhance future opportunities for alignment across communities, and leverage workforce decision support tools to utilize and develop complimentary and context specific approaches to address priority public health issues. 

Public Health Policy and Strategy Innovation Hub At-A-Glance

October 27, 2022Application opens
November 30, 2022 (5:00pm PT) Application closes
No later than December 15, 2022Participants will be notified of acceptance status
January 10, 2023 1:00-4:00 pm ET 2023 Kick off meeting (mandatory participation)
January 2023-July 2023Training sessions will occur. Final schedule forthcoming


How will it benefit public health departments and the communities that they serve?

The Innovation Hub is a pilot national training and workforce development effort with the aim of building the capacity and core competencies of the public health workforce in the United States to deliver the 10 EPHS. This pilot initiative, which is a joint partnership between the CDC, the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), and Georgia Health Policy Center will support a cohort of public health practitioners’ and emerging leaders’ participation in a series of trainings to prepare them for change, build capacity for strategic policy and decision making, learn adaptive leadership skills to inform decision-making approaches, and design solutions to address current and future public health issues.

The trainings will be primarily focused on addressing collaboration partnerships with the healthcare, housing, and transportation sectors and primary consideration will be given to participants working on projects in those areas. However, applicants working on other multi-sector partnerships are welcome to apply. As part of the trainings, participants will engage in a ‘capstone project’ related to ongoing or future initiatives within their health department that will include the identification of a topic area, program development, and implementation planning. Participants will also have access to technical assistance and coaching to guide the development of their capstone project and support real-world implementation throughout the duration of their participation. 

What are the components of the Innovation Hub program?

Participants will engage in trainings and activities related to the four topical areas outlined below, as well as an Innovation Hub Learning Community where there will be an opportunity for participants to share learnings from the four training areas and how developed skills and resource identification can be applied to multi-sector work. Participants will engage in tailored training and exercises related, but not limited to the following core competencies for public health professionals:  

  • Strategic Foresight: Participants will learn about Strategic Foresight, the study of change, using a systematic methodology to explore the future to make better decisions today, moving us toward the futures we want and avoiding those we don’t, to ultimately build confidence in the future by building our capacity to avoid surprise.
  • Population Health Studio: Participants will engage in trainings that support the development of skills to integrate adaptive leadership into funding and decision-making approaches to improve the health of their communities. Recognizing an ever-shifting landscape of priorities, the Population Health Studio training will engage participants in how to be an adaptive leader to develop innovative solutions, practical ways to engage in the rapidly transforming health system, and how to diversify funding to sustain innovative efforts. 
  • Multi-sector Collaboration: Participants will identify, develop, or enhance relationships that are affecting health in the community (e.g., relationships among health departments, community health centers, housing, transportation, schools, and other types of organizations) and will learn identify, communicate, and engage with their community, coalitions, and other key stakeholders. As part of this training, participants will learn how to lead purpose-driven meetings, how to recruit and retain partnerships to support long-term sustainability of population health initiatives, and how to assess, accept, and assign responsibility in multi-partner efforts. These skills will enable participants to improve engagement with new partners and facilitate collaboration that promotes elevating the health impacts of programs and policies outside of traditional public health. 
  • Decision Support Tools for Public Health Capacity Building: Participants will learn how to leverage and apply evidence from existing sources when developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services. Additionally, participants will also learn how to translate their own data and evidence into engaging and usable data tools. These skills will enable participants to sharpen skills to better translate research for practice and communicate findings to decision makers 

What is Included in the Program?

In collaboration with the CDC, NNPHI will select interested participants who can apply as a team of early, mid, and senior career health department staff to form a cohort. Cohort members are also encouraged to identify staff at multilevel sites (i.e. state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments).  Interested participants applying individually are also encouraged to submit applications. The trainings will focus on how participants can engage in, operationalize, and support cross-sector collaborations focused on healthcare, housing, and transportation issues.

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility is open to teams of forward-thinking and dynamic early, mid and senior career public health professionals at the state, tribal, local, and territorial levels.

Resources and Links

CEU is available for CHES and MCHES Access CEU here.

  • Course number: SCWC4660 / Access code: PHPSIH2023

This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award (NOFO OT18-1802, titled Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health) totaling $293,243 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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