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Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a community-driven strategic planning process for improving community health. Facilitated by public health leaders, this framework helps communities apply strategic thinking to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them. MAPP is not an agency-focused assessment process; rather, it is an interactive process that can improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and ultimately the performance of local public health systems.
MAPP Guidance and Resources

Using this webpage, users can access the MAPP guidance, supplemental resources, and technical assistance. Information on preparing for and completing the process is organized by phase. The "related content" toolbar contains links to additional resources such as technical assistance, stories from the field, related publications, and materials created by experienced MAPP users. More »

MAPP Network

The MAPP Network is a resource for past, present, and future MAPP communities. Use the tabs above to converse with community partners, meet fellow MAPP users, solicit advice from MAPP mentors, and learn about MAPP resources. The MAPP Network Weekly Update is a weekly newsletter emailed to users of the MAPP Network. The Weekly Update includes information on activities, resources, and tips for MAPP implementation. More »

Community Health Assessment and Health Reform

Provisions of the Affordable Care Act require each non-profit hospital facility in the United States to conduct a community health needs assessment and adopt an implementation strategy to meet identified community health needs. The Community Benefit webpage provides information to help local health departments and non-profit hospitals conduct collaborative community health assessment and improvement processes. More »


NACCHO is working to address communication issues, particularly as they relate to strengthening interaction among members of the community. Participation by community residents is vital throughout the MAPP process to ensure that initiatives are community driven. Since 1995, CDC and NACCHO have worked with Cross River Connections to encourage communication and dialogue in the public health process. More »

Related Programs
Accreditation Preparation: Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Prerequisites
The Public Health Accreditation Board launched its voluntary national accreditation program for public health departments in fall 2011, requiring LHDs to submit three assessment prerequisites. The CHA/CHIP project is committed to assisting LHDs with successful accreditation applications. More »
Healthy People 2020-NACCHO Partnership
NACCHO's partnership with Healthy People 2020 is designed to support and increase the use of Healthy People 2020 among LHDs and other organizations related to community health assessment and improvement planning. More »
National Public Health Performance Standards
The National Public Health Performance Standards is designed to measure public health practices at the state and local levels. The local instrument, referred to as the local public health system assessment in MAPP, evaluates the capacity of local public health systems to conduct the 10 essential public health services. More »

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