Request for Consultant Services: Supporting Communities of Practice


NNPHI has a long-history of supporting Communities of Practice (CoPs) to advance public health practice. NNPHI’s National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) utilizes an Applied Learning Collaborative (ALC) model to build practical skills, create momentum and greater reach in an area of interest or movement, and foster the collective development of strategies and solutions.

In the last 12 months, NNPHI has designed 6+ Applied Learning Collaboratives; each is in a different phase of development or implementation. Strategies utilized to support the ALCs include an online exchange platform, online learning sessions, in-person learning opportunities, and one to one coaching for health department teams on a variety of public health topics. Most recently, NNPHI is implementing the Project ECHO to support ALCs through its Hurricane Response Hub.

NNPHI is also aware that many members are supporting practice-based CoPs. With this history in mind, NNPHI seeks a consultant to help formalize its ALC approach in order to:

  • Succinctly communicate with external partners about NNPHI and members’ specific capacities related to Communities of Practice,
  • Standardize NNPHI’s approach to designing, implementing, and evaluation COPs through development of a guidance document (which will also be available to members), and
  • Provide direct support to NNPHI team to implement one CoP supporting grantees of the Preventive Health and Health Services Block grant.

Experience and Skills Requested:

  1. Experience leading at least one Community of Practice
  2. Ability to synthesize multiple sources of information (staff interviews, multiple working documents) to develop a clear, succinct guide.
  3. Marketing/communications experience preferred. Part of this work requires developing language about CoPs that will be shared with external partners and potential funders.

Scope of Work:

  1. By December 31, 2019, develop a guidance document for implementing communities of practice.
  2. From September 1, 2019- July 31, 2019, provide NNPHI with support related to the implementation of a Community of Practice (CoP) for Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant recipients:

Eligibility: Open to NNPHI Members

Date of Release: August 19, 2019

Application Due: September 6, 2019

View the full opportunity, and learn how to apply here. 

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