North Central District Health Department

M.a.p.p.

"Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships"


Mapp is a program developed by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and NACCHO (National Association for City and County Health Officials) to help the public to identify and address issues that are or are going to arise within their community. Basically a community needs assessment is needed within their towns and counties with the cooperation of all community members MAPP strives to accomplish a vast array of benefits such as :

  • Improvements in the community's health and quality of life.
  • Increased visibility of public health within the community.
  • Community advocates for public health and the local public health systems.
  • Stronger public health infrastructure, partnerships and leadership.

Jami Lyn McLemore

MAPP Coordinator and Marketing Specialist

North Central District Health Department

1020 Henry Clay Street, Shelbyville, KY 40065

502-633-1243 (office)    502-633-7658 (fax)

859-967-3079 (cell)

The Phases

Phase 1 - Organizing for success/ partnership development

  • Identify the need for the MAPP process
  • Meet with and identify participants from the community
  • Design the process in such a way that best fits the community
  • Assess resource needs and secure commitments

 Phases 2 - Visioning

  • Formulate vision and value statement with your community members

Phase 3 - The four assessments

  • Tools developed to determine: the quality of health/life in the community and the functionality of our local health system

 Phase4 - Identify Strategic Issues

  • Review and discuss findings from MAPP assessments
  • Brainstorm about potential strategic issues
  • Determine the consequences of not addressing an issue
  • Consolidate overlapping or related issues
  • Order issues in terms of priority

Phase 5 - Formulate Goals and Strategies

  • Develop goals after considering the vision and strategic issues
  • Generate strategy alternatives if something is not going well
  • Consider barriers to implementation
  • Consider how to put goals into action
  • Select goals that are most likely to be achieved or are of highest priority

 Phase 6 - Action Cycle

  • Establish accountability
  • Begin implementation of strategy
  • Coordinate with partners
  • Monitor how implementation plans are being carried out
  • Evaluate
  • Share lessons learned and celebrate successes

The Assessment

Community Themes and Strengths Assessment

  • Identifies issues that are important to the community
  • Identifies community’s perception of their quality of life
  • Identifies community assts to improve community health

Local Public Health System Assessment

  • Assesses the local public health system’s capacity and performance using the ten essential public health services. Ex: A community’s strengths and weaknesses and the amount of coordination that exists between community partners

 Community Health Status Assessments

  • Determines the health and quality of life of community residents
  • Identifies possible risk factors to the health of the community
  • Illustrates how the community measures up to other peer communities at the state level and the national level

Forces of Change Assessment

  • Attempts to predict events, factors and trends that might impact the health of the community and the work of the local public health system

How to Participate