Request for Proposals: Building Capacity of the Public Health Workforce

Objective and Background

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) seeks a partner to lead a set of activities that will inform the development of infection prevention and control (IPC) coursework and/or academic certificate programs for students studying public health and/or infection prevention in community colleges, vocational programs, schools and programs of public health, or other similarly situated educational institutions.

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Collaborative is a national training effort led by the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and aims to train all frontline healthcare personnel in the United States. Called Project Firstline, the CDC initiative is engaging nine national-level partners and 56 health departments receiving funding under the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control Infections Diseases Cooperative Agreement. The project will build an infection control foundation of knowledge and culture of expertise in the healthcare and public health fields that will help protect patients, healthcare workers and the public.

The primary goal of the project is training of the estimated 6 million-plus healthcare and public health professional (HCP) workforce with basic IPC knowledge using adult learning techniques. Training modalities and languages employed will reflect the workforce and include traditional and innovative methods such as Project ECHO tele-mentoring, demonstration, micro training, games and simulations. CDC also seeks to institutionalize IPC capacity in the public health workforce through the dissemination of training and creation of an IPC area of emphasis within existing academic programs, coursework and/or IPC vocational program leading to an academic certificate – this RFP seeks a partner for the initial exploration to inform development of such a program. Additional RFPs may be made available later for other components of this work (including training dissemination).

Published: (March 10, 2021)

Funding Amount: Up to $150,000

Project Period: April 20, 2021 – July 31, 2021

Eligibility: This opportunity is available to members of the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and private/public institutions of higher education, including Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)- supported Public Health Training Centers or their community-based partners, non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Award Mechanism: NNPHI anticipates making a subaward under CFDA # 93.421 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement NU38OT000303.


  • Notice of intent to apply: March 17, 2021
  • Application Due: April 6, 2021

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Funding for this project in the amount of $3.5 million dollars has been awarded to the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 6 NU38OT000303-02-04). NNPHI is collaborating with the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion on this project.  Contents of this RFP are solely the responsibility of NNPHI and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC or the US Department of Health & Human Services.

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