Center for Sharing Public Health Services: Increasing Knowledge for Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing in Public Health – Small Grants

The Center for Sharing Public Health Services is a national initiative managed by the Kansas Health Institute with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Center is offering small grants to support work on cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangements designed to advance health equity by addressing social determinants of health (e.g., affordable housing, jobs with fair pay, quality education, affordable healthy food, and public safety), the public health response to COVID-19, structural racism or other related issues. The Center defines CJS arrangements as those involving distinct public health agencies in two or more geo-political jurisdictions (e.g., cities, townships, counties or districts), including arrangements between and among local, state, tribal and military health agencies. The small grants program seeks to building on the success of previous grantees through supporting efforts to plan, implement, or improve CJS arrangements designed to advance health equity and to learn from these real-life experiences.

Scientific studies demonstrate that factors related to “place” (i.e., where people are born, grow, live, work and age) have a tremendous effect on health status. Factors such as access to affordable housing, jobs with fair pay, quality education, affordable healthy food and public safety — the “social determinants of health” — largely are responsible for the health of the community. Moreover, the spread of COVID-19 has shone a new light on health inequities, as people of color are disproportionately affected by the disease and, in some cases, response efforts are not sufficiently targeted to these populations. In addition, the recent state and city declarations of racism as a public health crisis reflect a growing recognition that structural racism perpetuates health inequities. Addressing these (and related) issues is key to improving equity and establishing and maintaining healthy communities.

The small grants program will fund projects that support a specific CJS arrangement or an effort to use CJS as a systems change tool. Funding will target:

* Specific CJS arrangements: For specific CJS arrangements, the program will fund proposals for planning, implementing, or improving (but not exploring) specific sharing agreements in the spectrum categories Service-Related Arrangements, Shared Programs or Functions, or Regionalization/Consolidation.

* CJS as a systems change tool: Many local public health systems throughout the nation are engaged in a variety of initiatives to change the way public health services are organized, managed, and delivered throughout state and local jurisdictions. These efforts aim to modernize public health and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public health service delivery and CJS has been regarded as one tool that could achieve desired impacts. The program will fund proposals aimed at impacting the public health system at a regional or state level (e.g., proposals for exploring the role of a state health agency in promoting or removing barriers for local CJS agreements; developing multi-region or statewide mechanisms or models for CJS arrangements; using CJS in a specific program or functional area that can serve as a model for other programs or functions; and other related projects).

Amount: Up to 5 awards of up to $10,000 will be made for a project period of up to eight months.

* A state or local government public health agency or a military public health department
* An American Indian/Alaska Native tribe or tribal entity
* A nonprofit organization

Deadline: September 11, 2020.

Resource Information
Funder Center for Sharing Public Health Services
Eligibility Local Government, Nonprofit Organization, State Government, Tribal Government, Tribal Organization
Resource URL: Link:
Sector COVID-19 Emergency Response, Health
Grant Amount $0-$10,000
Deadline Closed