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Florida MAPP is a community-wide strategic planning process for improving community health and local public health systems.  MAPP stands for Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships.  It is a nationally recognized community health improvement planning model endorsed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).  The phases of MAPP start with organizing the process, partnership development and visioning. Four critical assessments follow:  community health status assessment, forces of change assessment, local public health system assessment using the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP), and assessment of community themes and strengths. Assessment findings inform the selection of strategic community health priorities.  Goals and strategies and measurable objectives are used to develop a community health improvement plan that includes implementation strategies and action plans.   Two important tangible products of MAPP-based efforts are a community health status profile report and community health improvement plan.  MAPP and MAPP-based processes contribute significantly towards enhancing public health system capacity and meeting proposed standards and measures of agency accreditation.  Florida counties have made notable accomplishments in community health assessment, health improvement planning and action implementation. Additionally, Florida is one of only 10 states with significant (>67% of jurisdictions) implementation of the National Public Health Performance System Program local instrument. 

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Community Spotlight

Okaloosa now has a fully functioning 2-1-1 service for their residents!

Beginning in 2011 the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) in partnership with over 40 community agencies began Mobilizing for a Healthier Okaloosa.  Participants identified three priority areas for the Okaloosa County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP):  Nutrition and Physical Activity (NAPA), Tobacco Cessation, and Access to Care.

Since their inception, the three CHIP work groups have been hard at work implementing action plans that reflect the needs of their community. Over the past year, the access to care work group identified a need for increased health and human services resource referrals. The group decided that working to fully implement 2-1-1 would offer Okaloosa County access to the information and referral services that it needs. By working with Northwest Florida 2-1-1 and the United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties, we are excited to say that Okaloosa County now has a fully functioning 2-1-1 service for our residents!

The CHIP tobacco work group identified a goal to reduce tobacco use in Okaloosa County youth. Work group members advocated for a policy change to the Okaloosa County School District’s Tobacco Discipline Policy. Previously, if students were caught using tobacco on school grounds they were suspended. This policy, while well intentioned, kept children out of school and did not help them quit smoking. Through partnerships with the Okaloosa County School District, a new policy was enacted for the 2013-2014 school year that gives students an in-school suspension where they are allowed to complete their school work and they are required to complete a tobacco cessation course before returning to class. 

The nutrition and physical activity work group is working to “promote the quality of life of youth and adults through physical activity and nutrition.” With this goal in mind work group members set out to document all of the free and very low cost physical activity opportunities in Okaloosa County and have logged well over a hundred parks and recreation centers that are available to Okaloosa County families.  Their ultimate goal is having the interactive data base linked to partners’ websites to provide families with easy access to affordable physical activity information.

In January 2014 all three work groups will reconvene to review any new available data associated with our priority areas and update action plans for the coming year. If you would like more information on Mobilizing for a Healthier Okaloosa and the Okaloosa County CHIP work groups please contact the DOH-Okaloosa Community Health Improvement Coordinator, Katie Cholcher at: Kathrine.Cholcher@flhealth.gov

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