Request for Proposals: Quality Training Development: Access and Peer-learning (ECHO)

Objective and Background

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) seeks to partner with one (1) Public Health Institute or Regional Public Health Training Center to design and implement an ECHO Public Health series. The goal of the series is to improve the quality of training developed and available to the public health workforce through the uptake and use of CDC’s Quality Training Standards.

The public health workforce is facing new realities that require professionals to prepare, respond, and adapt to rapidly changing landscapes. Currently, the workforce has specialized experts in distinct scientific disciplines (e.g., epidemiology, laboratory sciences, chronic disease prevention), which was an effective approach in the past. However, the workforce of the future must think strategically, act from a systems perspective, and be skilled at building partnerships.

And yet, the field of public health builds the capacity of its workers largely through “one-off” training events (e.g., single online training), which generally do not allow learners the opportunity to practice new skills in real settings. In order to meet the current and coming challenges, public health practitioners need high-quality, multi-modal and continuous learning opportunities to build meaningful skills.

In a 2016 NNPHI workforce survey (n=843), 93 percent of respondents labeled lifelong learning as “extremely important.” Yet, public health workers report significant challenges in identifying quality training to meet their specific needs. This project seeks to raise to strengthen public health competencies in quality training development and encourage training developers to utilize the principals of the CDC’s Quality Training Standards in all future development.

Published: (November 16, 2021)

Funding Amount: One award, funded up to $60,000

Project Period: January 1 – June 30, 2022

Eligibility: This opportunity is available to members of the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-supported Public Health Training Centers

Award Mechanism: NNPHI anticipates making a subaward for Quality Training Development: Access and Peer-learning, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement 6 NU38OT00303-04-01.


  • Application Due: December 3, 2021 @ 5:00pm ET
  • Notice of Selection Status: December 15, 2021

View the full opportunity here

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 totaling $300,000 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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