What are Workforce Improvement Projects (WIPs)?

WIPs are non-research 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

No WIPs available at this time.

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:

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, Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office (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

Workforce Improvement Projects

AACN periodically announces new funding opportunities open to members of AACN and our three CDC partner organizations – AAMC, APTR, and ASPPH. Workforce Improvement Projects (WIPs) are one method used by the CDC to solicit proposals from eligible applicants in topic areas that are of interest to the CDC Centers, Institutes and Offices (CIOs). WIPs focus on workforce development in various areas of public health practice in domestic or international settings. 

Current WIP
University of Missouri – St. Louis, Johns Hopkins University, and St. Louis University Schools of Nursing

Project Title: Academic/Practice Partnerships to Impact Population Health in Chronic Disease and Emergency Response

CDC CIO: Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

Project Description: The overarching goal of this project is to address the impact of population health in chronic disease and emergency management through the creation of toolkit that can by used for primary care provider training. This will be accomplished by building collaborations between academic medical centers, schools of public health, state innovation model sites, state/local health departments, and health systems in the cities of Baltimore and St. Louis by providing training that promotes a public and population health approach in collective curriculum and training pedagogies.  

Past WIPs
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Project Title: An Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Program for Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs)

CDC CIO: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Project Description: The overarching goal of this project was to increase the number of APNs currently serving as preceptors for APN students who have sufficient knowledge and competency in alcohol SBI and are able to champion its adoption within their practice setting. The specific outcome objectivesfor this project included APNs’ alcohol SBI knowledge, competency, skills related to precepting nursing students in relation to alcohol SBI, and readiness and confidence to implement alcohol SBI in their practice setting. To achieve these objectives JHU SON  developed, implemented, and evaluated: 1) an online self-paced alcohol SBI curriculum, with accompanying toolkit especially tailored for practicing APNs; 2) a hands on competency two day workshop for APNs who precept nursing students that covers components related to alcohol SBI, individual knowledge and competency as well as competency for precepting students, and 3) a guide for implementing alcohol SBI in their practice setting.

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Project Title: Screening and Brief Intervention: Workforce Expansion for Nurse Leaders

CDC CIO: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Project Description: The goal of this project was to increase the numbers of professional nurse leaders able to conduct and/or support implementation of alcohol SBI as well as to influence the SBI policy within their respective settings, so that SBI is routinely conducted with all patients and becomes the standard of care for adult patients. Strategies included the development of an online SBI curriculum tailored for nursing students in the Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Informatics tracks, development of a faculty and/or community preceptor online or face-to-face trainings, and the development of a marketing and dissemination plan. The scope of the proposal expanded with the collaboration of proposals from University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing with Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, including expanding the target population from student nurse leaders to registered nurses and advanced practice nurses.