Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Consultants
ASTHO, in collaboration with CDC and other national organizations, will provide technical assistance to state public health departments receiving funding through OT21-2103, National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities. ASTHO will work with grantees to improve public health systems and infrastructure to address COVID-19 related disparities associated with socially disadvantaged populations, including, but not limited to racial/ethnic minorities and rural communities. ASTHO will deliver technical assistance support to OT21-2103 grant recipients in building, and expanding organization infrastructure support in:
- Improved race and ethnicity fields/data in state IIS, ELR and ECR systems
- Strengthen pandemic response capacity through the development of CHW positions, job descriptions, salary ranges, and core competencies in state HR system, and to develop and structure contractual services to engage CHWs through community based organizations, and
- Enhancing S/THAs population health impact through the use of CHWs to provide access to testing, contact tracing services and engage and educate communities about vaccination.
- Expand STHAs scope of work to include a stronger focus on health equity (i.e., chronic disease risk factors, behavioral health)
- Expand sick leave and paid family leave to more workers through state policy intervention.
- Strengthening capacities for grant activities
- Planning or implementing Recipient-led evaluation activities
The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a policy design and implementation partner devoted to improving outcomes for people enrolled in Medicaid. CHCS supports partners to make more effective, efficient, and equitable care possible.
Equity Impacts is a Black woman-owned consulting firm that provides strategic counsel to executives, organizations, and businesses to advance health, racial, and gender equity. The mission of Equity Impacts is to advance social justice and equity by resourcing organizations with the culturally relevant skills, tools, and knowledge they need to meaningfully center health, gender, and racial equity in their work.
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established to assist State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for rural Americans. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORH to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.
The National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) was founded after several years of planning and organizing by Community Health Workers (CHWs) and allies across the United States. The mission of NACHW is to unify CHWs across geography, ethnicity, sector and experience to support communities to achieve health, equity and social justice.
We in the World is a BIPOC-led multicultural community that works to build social and vital conditions that everyone needs to thrive on a foundation of racial and economic justice. Ultimately, their goal is to help create a world of mutual abundance freed from systemic injustice.
CDC OMHHE (Office of Minority Health and Health Equity)
CDC OMHHE’s mission is to advance health equity and women’s health issues across the nation through CDC’s science and programs, and increase CDC’s capacity to leverage its diverse workforce and engage stakeholders toward this end. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/healthequity.
- Advancing the science and practice of health equity
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Consultants
The National Association of County and City Health Officials offers technical assistance to support local health department 2103 grant recipients in the development and implementation of plans for building, leveraging, and expanding jurisdiction-specific organizational infrastructure to advance health equity. NACCHO offers three TA provisions: on-demand provisions, widely available provisions designed to provide up-to-date materials and offerings to all grant recipients, and small group and individualized provisions. These categories of TA provisions are intended to provide timely, strategic support that promotes innovation, interactive engagement, and collaboration. Also offered is NACCHO’s virtual community discussion board (VCDB) where LHDs can post questions to fellow colleagues, raise issues to NACCHO, and find resources from federal partners and other LHDs. The VCDB requires a MyNACCHO account which LHDs can create at no cost. To access NACCHO resources, please visit the NACCHO COVID-19 Response homepage.
- Strengthening capacity for grant activities
- Planning or implementing Recipient-led evaluation activities
Beacon Public Health (BPH) is a minority, women owned consulting group focused on health equity—to ensure BIPOC communities can live healthy and whole lives free of chronic diseases. BPH creates customized solutions to help organizations address the pressing health needs of BIPOC communities to advance health equity and reduce health disparities. BPH translates health research, science, and policy to create customized solutions to help organizations develop culturally relevant sustainable public health programming. Their key programmatic areas are:
- Health Education and Promotion,
- Professional Development Training,
- Technical Assistance and Coaching,
- Subject Matter Expertise (e.g. minority health, cultural competency, social determinants of health, social inequities, health disparities, health equity, chronic and vaccine preventable diseases, among other topics), and
- Educational Presentations and Keynotes.
Umemba Health LLC is a woman-owned, minority-owned public health education and consulting agency renowned for our Community Health Worker (CHW) education and training services. Though headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Umemba Health is a virtual organization with affiliate instructors located throughout the United States.
In 2018, Seven Directions, A Center for Indigenous Public Health (Seven Directions) at the University of Washington became a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes. It is the first national public health institute in the United States to focus solely on improving Indigenous health and wellness.
Founded in 2006, Human Impact Partners (HIP) is a national nonprofit whose mission is to transform the field of public health to center equity and build collective power with social justice movements. We pursue strategies across 3 organizational “Houses”:
- Policy and Organizing: Conduct research, advocacy, and organizing to elevate public health expertise, framing, voice, and communications in social justice campaigns and movements.
- Bridging Strategies and Partnerships: Foster relationships and build trust and strategic collaborations between? health departments and community power-building organizations (CPBOs) to advance health equity.
- Capacity Building: Provide training, technical assistance (TA), and leadership development to governmental public health organizations and practitioners to act on health equity.
Health Justice, LLC was founded by Dr. Oni Blackstock in 2020 with a mission to help healthcare, public health, and other related organizations center anti-racism and equity in the workplace and reduce health inequities in the communities they serve. Health Justice leads with racial equity and uses an intersectional approach that recognizes the ways in which systems of oppression such as sexism, homophobia and transphobia also contribute to health and social inequities. Health Justice advances their mission through tailored training and workshops, organizational equity assessments, equity coaching, strategic planning and goal-setting support, and other forms of technical assistance.
The Center of Public Health Systems (CPHS–also referred to below as the Center), a center within the School of Public Health (SPH) at the University of Minnesota (UMN). The Center is the only research center in the United States specifically focused on public health workforce and finance, with additional expertise in health equity and performance improvement. CPHS’s purpose is to innovate public health practice through education, technical assistance, and workforce support to improve the health of the people of Minnesota and the nation. Its mission is to support governments, organizations, and communities using evidence-based public health practices and generate evidence about public health systems where it does not yet exist. It currently manages over $10 million in grants and contractual work with various partners, including state and local public health, national and state-level associations, and other schools of public health.
National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) Consultants
The National Network of Public Health Institutes, along with ASTHO, NACCHO and CDC OMHHE, supports the OT21-2103 grant recipients through providing technical assistance that focuses on developing cross-jurisdictional and multi-sectorial partnerships with organizations or agencies who are currently implementing best, promising, and emerging practices, as well as adapting, tailoring, and implementing these practices to specific communities and populations. Technical assistance is delivered through a variety of methods including webinars, Project ECHO series, toolkits, implementation guides and practice briefs, communication materials, and a web-based COVID-19 Health Equity Resource Library repository. NNPHI also evaluates the implementation of select best, promising, and emerging practices to further build evidence via the OT21-2103 Novel and Emerging Practices Studies.
- Identifying and/or applying best practices and promising practices for addressing COVID19 disparities
FrameWorks Institute is a nonprofit research organization that helps mission-driven organizations communicate about social issues in ways that build public will to support progressive change.
Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is a non-profit consulting organization serving government, non-profits, philanthropy, and communities across the U.S. Their mission is to help people live healthier lives and create healthy communities through prevention, health promotion, policy, and research.
The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) is a unique non-profit resource that:
- Strengthens health service systems and public policy
- Improves the environments and conditions where people live, work, learn, and play
- Builds organizational and community capacity
The Louisiana Public Health Institute is a statewide, non-profit organization that has been promoting the health and well-being of Louisianans since 1997. They accomplish our goals at the local, state, and national levels alongside our over 500 partner organizations, which include communities, community-based organizations, foundations, healthcare systems, academic institutions, government agencies, and a diverse group of additional stakeholders.
Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) is a team of process and content experts with a shared mission of working together to center equity, promote health, and advance well-being. Their broad network of partners includes academia, government, community-based organizations, and healthcare providers. These connections empower them to develop solutions to the most critical public health needs.
Montana Public Health Institute (MTPHI) supports state, local and tribal public health agencies, healthcare and behavioral health system partners, statewide health organizations and community-based organizations to deliver effective public health programs and services.
The Puerto Rico Science Public Health Trust (PRPHT)’s vision is to achieve sustainable health equity in Puerto Rican communities and improve their quality of life through innovation, collaboration and community engagement. PRPHT’s priorities include efforts to “improve public health capacity systems and outcomes by fostering innovation, leveraging resources and building partnerships to improve the public’s health.”
Project Hope empowers health care workers facing the world’s greatest health crises to build resilient communities and a healthier, more equitable world.
Texas Health Institute develops interactive tools, reports, convenings, courses, and more to foster systems that provide the opportunity for everyone to lead a healthy life. They lead through research and evaluation, translate data and insights into impact, foster collaborative action, and provide technical assistance and training.
Trailhead Institute is a Colorado-based nonprofit public health institution whos mission is to advance collaboration and innovation in public health and environmental health.
Righteous Rage Institute works with Health Departments and other industry leaders in the private and public sector to rebuild their approach to public health in ways that are community-driven, culturally conscious, and grounded in the cultural wealth, history, and traditional practices of afro-indigenous people.
The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice provides training, research, and evaluation services to support public health organizations. They are the outreach arm of the University of Washington School of Public Health (UW SPH), bringing public health academia and practice communities together. Within UW SPH, NWCPHP is housed in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health, which offers academic degree programs as well as certificates for students and working public health professionals.