Community Health Data

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The Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) model has provided a way for Cobb2020 to systematically implement policies and develop community health improvement plans for the future. The 2012 Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan (CHA/CHIP) shares information about the MAPP process, the MAPP assessments and the priority issues on which Cobb2020 focuses its efforts. Since 2012, the strategies discussed in the CHA/CHIP report have been implemented to build healthier communities in Cobb County.

Click here to access the 2012 CHA/CHIP Report.



 What is MAPP?

The MAPP Process

Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a community-wide strategic planning process for improving community health. Facilitated by public health leadership, this action-oriented process helps communities prioritize public health issues and identify resources for addressing them.

Community ownership is an important feature of the MAPP process. Because the community’s strengths, needs and desires drive the process, MAPP provides the framework for creating a truly community-driven health improvement plan. Community participation leads to collective thinking and, ultimately, results in effective, sustainable solutions to complex problems.
The MAPP tool was created in 2001 by a workgroup of local public health practitioners and several national partners including the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Center for Disease Control mapplogoand Prevention (CDC). Since its creation, over 700 local health departments have implemented the MAPP process and over 300 have successfully shown improvements in community health as a result of their initiatives.
How Does It Work

The MAPP process is broken into different assessments that provide critical insights into health challenges and opportunities throughout the community that specifically evaluate:
•    Prevalent health issues
•    Health issues that are important to the
      community members

•    Availability of health services
•    Forces that impact community health
There are four assessments used to identify strategic issues and then formulate goals and strategies for addressing each issue. This information is crucial for the Action Cycle, during which participants plan for action, implement and evaluate. Using the MAPP model should create a sustained community initiative that ultimately leads to community health improvement.

The MAPP Process – Your Community Roadmap to Health


MAPP Assessment 1: Community Themes & Strengths

This assessment identifies issues that interest the community, perceptions about quality of life and community assets. It provides a deep understanding of the issues residents feel are important by answering the questions, “What is important to our community?” “How is quality of life perceived in our community?” and “What assets do we have that can be used to improve community health?” This assessment is a vital part of a community health improvement process. During this assessment, community thoughts, opinions and concerns are gathered, providing insight into the issues of importance to the community. Feedback about quality of life in the community and community assets is also gathered. This information leads to a portrait of the community as seen through the eyes of its members.

MAPP Assessment2: Local Public Health System 
This is a comprehensive assessment that measures the capacity and performance of the local public health system and all organizations and entities that contribute to the public’s health . This answers the questions, “What are the components, activities, competencies and capacities of our local public health systems?” and “How are the 10 Essential Public Health Services being provided to our community?” During this assessment, strengths and weaknesses of the local public health system will be identified. This will also serve as an educational opportunity for organization participants to learn or better understand their role within the public health system.
MAPP Assessment 3: Community Health Status
This assessment evaluates data about health status, quality of life and risk factors in the community. It answers the question, “How healthy are our residents?” and “What does the health status of our community look like?” The results of this assessment provide an understanding of the community’s health status and ensure that the community’s priorities consider specific health status and issues.
MAPP Assessment 4: Forces of Change

This assessment identifies forces such as legislation, technology and other issues that affect the context in which the community and its public health system operates. This answers the questions, “What is occurring or might occur that affects the health of our community or the local public health system?” and “What specific threats or opportunities are generated by these occurrences?”

2015 CDPH Annual Report
CTG Policy Assessments
These assessments were conducted to identify current policies within each strategic direction identified in the Community Transformation Grant (CTG). The goal was to identify areas where policy, systems and enivronmental changes are needed and to create resources that inform stakeholders of local policy options within the strategic directions and identify the range that exists to address barriers and determinants to chronic disease prevention.