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What is MAPP?

obilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a strategic approach to community health improvement. This tool helps communities improve health and

The MAPP tool was developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials-quality of life through community-wide strategic planning. Using MAPP, 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.(NACCHO), in cooperation with the Public Health Practice Program Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A work group comprised of local health officials, CDC representatives, community representatives and academicians developed MAPP between 1997 and 2000.

The following seven principles are integral to the successful implementation of MAPP:

  • Systems thinking — to promote an appreciation for the dynamic interrelationship of all components of the local health system required to develop a vision of a healthy community.
  • Dialogue — to ensure respect for diverse voices and perspectives during the collaborative process.
  • Shared vision — to form the foundation for building a healthy future.
  • Data — to provide factual information during each step of the process.
  • Partnerships and collaboration — to optimize performance through shared resources and responsibility.
  • Strategic thinking — to foster a proactive response to the issues and opportunities facing the system.
  • Celebration of successes — to ensure that contributions are recognized and to sustain excitement for the process


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