The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) proposes a cooperative agreement to enhance the workforce and operational capacity of state, local, and territorial STD programs and assure that strategic communication channels and partnerships are in place to advance national STD prevention objectives. We propose this work in response to CDC-RFA-PS18-1808, National Network to Enhance Capacity of State and Local Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention Programs (NNECS).
The cooperative agreement we propose will have the following six short-term outcomes:
• Increased awareness and knowledge of STD program interests among relevant national partners (Part A)
• Increased awareness and knowledge of timely and relevant STD issues among STD program staff (Part A)
• Increased awareness and knowledge about the policy environment and the impact of policies on STD and HIV programs among program staff (Part B)
• Increased ability of STD/HIV program staff to effectively communicate with policy stakeholders about the important work of their programs (Part B)
• Increased knowledge and skills among STD program staff who participated in T/TA opportunities (Part C)
• Increased sharing of program challenges and successes among STD program staff (Part C)
Since 1996, NCSD has been the membership organization for the directly funded STD prevention and control programs in which the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) invests the majority of its resources to conduct HIV prevention and control. We are a strong CDC partner and have worked closely with DSTDP to build the capacity of state, local, and territorial health department STD programs through previous cooperative agreements. We are a trusted provider of assistance to the STD stakeholder programs for the proposed cooperative agreement and are uniquely well-positioned and well-equipped to support CDC’s strategic priorities for state, tribal, local, and territorial public health and the NCHHSTP Strategic Plan through 2020.