Trailhead Institute Announces Role as a Hub Partner of the National Network of Public Health Institutes

Trailhead Institute will serve as a Regional partner under the Public Health Infrastructure Grant.

DENVER, COLORADO, July 21, 2023 — Trailhead Institute is proud to announce our role as a regional Hub and Public Health Infrastructure Grant (PHIG) partner. As one of nine Regional Innovation Hubs under the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) Hub Model, Trailhead Institute, in partnership with Colorado Health Institute, Montana Public Health Institute, and Public Health Institute at Denver Health will provide the technical assistance serving PHIG recipients in Region 8 including Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

NNPHI is one of three National partners, alongside the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Public Health Accreditation (PHAB), leading technical assistance for the 107 PHIG recipients. The grant program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of an unprecedented $3.84 billion federal Public Health Infrastructure Grant Program (PHIG), aimed at helping public health departments across the United States strengthen their workforce and infrastructure. PHIG funding also gives awards directly to state, local, and territorial health departments to provide the people, services, and systems needed to bolster public health agencies and departments across the country, many of which were severely impacted by the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

On July 10th, Region 8 – Innovate! Hub leaders and PHIG recipients convened in Denver to launch their fully collaborative approach to bolstering the region’s public health infrastructure. Building momentum for their work together, the Region 8 – Innovate! Hub convening focused on deepening connections among partners and grounding in how agencies will collaborate to address current technical assistance needs. Speaking to the opportunity at hand, Sarah Lampe, executive director of Trailhead Institute, noted that, “This grant is an opportunity to build an exceptional public health workforce, be responsive to public health system needs and be proactive in our support for on-the-ground public health to build the best infrastructure we can.”

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) leverages local, state, and regional expertise to support governmental public health agencies. The Hub structure maximizes success by leveraging critical assets within the NNPHI network. The Hub model is a proven framework that has evolved over 20 years to leverage local expertise, foster public-private partnerships between institutes and governmental public health systems, and foster multi-sector solutions. Through a fully collaborative Hub and Spoke model, the Region 8 – Innovate! Hub is providing technical assistance (TA), training, and strategic solution-building around topics such as workforce recruitment, retention, and advancement; data use and modernization; and the public health core competencies.

“Through a grant provided by CDC, I am honored to announce the official  launch of the National Network of Public Health Institutes’ (NNPHI) Innovation Hub model. These Hubs are responsible for supporting the needs of our nation’s public health departments working on the national Public Health Infrastructure Grant efforts,” says Vincent Lafronza, NNPHI President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Some of the nine Hubs also work with Spokes, which are institutes in neighboring jurisdictions who have expertise and relationships in other states and territories. Working together as a unit, the Hub and Spoke model enables strong coverage of all US jurisdictions. We are all committed to working in harmony so that together we mobilize innovation, leverage local knowledge and relationships, share resources, reduce duplication of effort, and provide sustainable, technical supports that result in substantially strengthened public health capacities available to every US community.”

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This work is supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Center for STLT Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce, through OE22-2203: Strengthening U.S. Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce, and Data Systems grant. 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.