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Community Health Assessment

Community Health Assessment
Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)

Core Functions

One of the most basic purposes of public health is defined by three core functions:

  • Assessment
  • Policy Development
  • Assurance

The MAPP process the department has been following represents the department’s most recent contribution to that first function: assessing the state of public health in Saint Louis County. The second follows directly from the first: setting our public health goals and priorities through policy development.

We are very proud of the effort that has been put into the MAPP process.

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)

Mobilizing for Action
Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a strategic approach to community health improvement. This tool helps communities seek to achieve optimal health by identifying and using their resources wisely, taking into account their unique circumstances and needs, and forming effective partnerships for strategic action. MAPP will lead to the development and implementation of a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

MAPP focuses on the creation and strengthening of the local public health system — Local public health systems are defined as all entities that contribute to the delivery of public health services within a community. This system includes all public, private, and voluntary entities, as well as individuals and informal associations.

MAPP focuses on strengthening the whole system rather than separate pieces, thus bringing together diverse interests to collaboratively determine the most effective way to conduct public health activities.

MAPP uses the 10 Essential Public Health Services to define public health activities.

The 10 Essential Public Health Services are:

  1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems.
  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
  4. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when
           otherwise unavailable.
  8. Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce.
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
MAPP Implementation and Continuous Improvement Cycle
Continuous Improvement Cycle
Valuable Saint Louis County Public Health Department MAPP Information

2014 St. Louis County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and the 2014-2019 Saint Louis County Department of Health Strategic Plan:

Community Health Needs Assessment:

Powerpoint Presentations:

Meeting Handout:

Your Saint Louis County Public Health Department would love to hear comments about the MAPP process. Please send your comments to: [email protected]