New Report: Small Grant Learnings

Should you proactively inform new policymakers about your cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) efforts? Should you ask staff to help shape the tools and processes needed to support the CJS arrangement they will be involved with?

As we learned through our small grants program, the answer to both questions is “yes.” Public health directors who take these approaches are more likely to gain buy-in for their CJS efforts from both staff and from their governing bodies.

Our latest report titled Small Grant Learnings describes our small grants program and what we learned from our grantees, such as:
  • Trust is a prerequisite to any successful CJS arrangement. Partners who take time to develop trust at the beginning are likely to save time later. Tools such as our collaborative trust scale can help teams identify areas that may need to be addressed.
  • It’s always best when partners know each other in some capacity before a successful CJS arrangement is initiated. If a working relationship isn’t already in place it is likely worth the extra effort to establish a connection before moving right into the arrangement.
  • It is important to foster connections not only at the director level but also at the staff level, where the sharing arrangement typically is operationalized.
At the Center for Sharing Public Health Services, we have supported grant-funded sites since 2013. These grant programs have allowed us to assist public health departments in their CJS work while learning from their experiences. We then use those learnings to develop tools and resources that other health departments and jurisdictions can use in their CJS efforts.

To find out what else we have learned through the program, read the complete report: Small Grant Learnings

If you have questions about this or other programs from the Center, please email us at

– Pat Libbey and Gianfranco Pezzino, Center Co-Directors

Public health departments and local governments work hard to serve their communities, often with limited resources and competing priorities. Cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) is one model that can maximize public health efforts. 

The Center for Sharing Public Health Services has launched a new tool, COMPASS, which was designed to show the way. Visit to explore if CJS is right for you.