Workforce Improvement Projects

Workforce Improvement Projects

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The primary goal of the Workforce Improvement Projects (WIPs) is to strengthen the public health workforce to improve the nation’s health. WIPs are an integral part of the CDC Academic Partnership Cooperative Agreement with AACN, and as projects develop, it is expected that schools of nursing will be invited to participate in WIP sub-award proposals. The following WIP overview is provided by the CDC Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office (SEPDPO).

What are WIPs

  • WIPs are nonresearch domestic or international projects with a workforce development component that are developed, funded, and managed by the Centers, Institutes, and Offices (CIOs) of the CDC. 
  • Examples of WIPS include, but are not limited to: 
    • A curriculum to implement in academic settings
    • Training courses, such as continuing education, for the existing workforce
    • A project to introduce public health to young students or attract new talent to public health careers
    • Faculty development activities
    • A community-level activity that supports public health practice
    • A project that evaluates a prevention or health promotion program or strategy of public health importance
    • A public health practice quality improvement project with a workforce development component

How are WIPs administered and conducted?

  • WIPS are administered as extramural sub-award projects under the umbrella cooperative agreements between CDC and four academic partners associations:
    • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
    • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
    • Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)
    • Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH)
  • WIPS are conducted by CDC’s academic association partners (AACN, AAMC, APTR, or ASPH) or by their members, for example, colleges, universities, residency programs, or others.

How does the WIP Process Work?

  • Each year, SEPDPO will issue a call for CIOs to submit WIP proposals
  • SEPDPO will provide technical assistance to CIOs that wish to utilize the umbrella cooperative agreements to fund projects
  • CIOs will finalize their proposals and forward to SEPDPO
  • SEPDPO will forward proposals to the Program Office (PGO)
  • PGO will then forward the proposals to the associations (AACN etc.)
  • Associations announce the WIP opportunities to their members on a joint website:
  • Members who meet the stipulated WIP requirements submit applications to their associations in response to the funding opportunity announcement
  • Associations conduct an initial review to confirm that applications meet funding opportunity requirements
  • The associations submit the applications that meet the funding opportunity requirements to PGO; PGO forwards the applications to SEPDPO
  • SEPDPO facilitates the objective review process
  • Applications are scored, ranked, and distributed to CIOs for potential funding