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Canadian County Health Department's Current Public Health Improvement Efforts
The Canadian County Coalition for Families and Children, of which the Canadian County Health Department is a member, is conducting assessment activities to measure the health status of the Canadian County community. The coalition has chosen to use the MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) process to guide it in these efforts.
MAPP is a strategic approach to community health improvement. This tool helps communities improve health and 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.
The MAPP process involves conducting a comprehensive community health assessment by completing four individual assessment pieces:
Community Themes and Strengths Assessment - provides insight into the issues that the community perceives as important by asking residents what they think and/or how they feel about public health issues in their communities.
Local Public Health System Assessment - focuses on the public health system within the county and includes any entity that contributes to the public's health.
Community Health Status Assessment - takes an objective look at the community's health status and quality of life by evaluating data collected from a variety of sources that include, but is not limited to: Oklahoma's State of the State's Health Report (published annually), State of the County's Health Report (published annually), U.S. Census Data, and many others.
Forces of Change Assessment - designed to identify external or internal forces that could impact the community and the public health system both positively and negatively.
Upon completion of the community health assessment, data will be analyzed to identify key public health issues. A community health improvement plan will be developed to help guide the coalition's efforts in addressing these key issues over a five-year period.
The coalition has completed the Community Themes and Strengths Assessment and the Community Health Status Assessment. Plans are underway for conducting the Local Public Health System Assessment and the Forces of Change Assessment. Data collected to this point is being analyzed and is available to the public.
Public comment is welcomed and encouraged! To comment or volunteer to assist in this process, please follow this link. You may also contact: Nicole Michael (NicoleH@health.ok.gov) or Mikeal Murray (MikealM@health.ok.gov).
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