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The Core Function of Policy Development and MAPP

Policy Development is accomplished through the phases of MAPP known as Identifying Strategic Issues and Formulating Goals and Strategies.

The essential services most associated with the core function of Policy Development are:

  1. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
  2. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
  3. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.

Policy Development functions meet the goals and mission of the NPHPSP through the following public health practices:

  • Establishing an effective presence of the local public health system at the community level. 
  • Systematic community-level planning for health improvement in all jurisdictions 
  • Alignment of local public health system resources and strategies with the community health improvement plan. 
  • Development of policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts. 
  • Development of policy to protect the health of the public and to guide the practice of public health.

Once a list of challenges and opportunities has been generated from each of the four assessments, the next step is to Identify Strategic Issues. During this phase, participants identify linkages between the four assessments to determine the most critical issues that must be addressed for the community to achieve its vision. After issues have been identified, participants Formulate Goals and Strategies for addressing each issue.

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