The purpose of the NOSLO cooperative agreement is to:
(1) engage national organizations, representing state and local officials, to provide training and technical assistance to promote primary care and public health initiatives for their constituencies; (2) strengthen the organizational capacities
of state and local health departments, Primary Care Organizations (PCOs), small rural hospitals, State Medicaid agencies, and legislatures through information exchanges that support public and private sector initiatives at the state and local level to improve health and achieve health equity for the communities they serve; and (3) develop technical assistance materials and training activities that benefit health centers providing services to underserved communities.
The NOSLO program has the following goals:
(1) integrate primary care and public health activities and examine key issues that affect health care delivery in underserved urban and rural communities; (2) improve public health programs at the national, state, and local levels, by partnering with state and local government entities and programs that contribute to population health and health policy development, (3) incorporate indicators of primary care and public health system integration, such as establishing multi-stakeholder coalitions that align with national and regional health and human services initiatives; (4) address a broad range of cross-cutting issues that affect state and local governments, including policy and data and environmental analyses associated with emerging health reform issues; and (5) leverage key strategic objectives at the state and local level, including safety net provider workforce development, health information technology and exchange, health equity, and safety net funding programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid.