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Capacity Building

Because public health agencies must maintain the resources to respond to public health challenges, critical situations and emergencies, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) helps government agencies and organizations develop a solid infrastructure through capacity building.

Capacity building refers to activities that improve an organization’s ability to achieve its mission or a person’s ability do his or her job more effectively. For organizations, capacity building may relate to almost any aspect of its work—from leadership and administration to program development and implementation.

Strengthening an organizational infrastructure can help agencies and community-based organizations more quickly identify targeted audiences for health literacy development, or can ensure workers are adequately trained to answer questions from the public.

ORISE has experience with capacity building in the following areas: