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Developing the MAPP Community Health Improvement Tool

Corso, Liza C. MPA; Wiesner, Paul J. MD; Lenihan, Patrick PhD, MUP

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: September/October 2005 - Volume 11 - Issue 5 - p 387–392
Article: Section 1: MAPP in Action

From 1997 to 2001, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Practice Program Office, developed a new community strategic planning tool, titled Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP). This article provides a chronological description of the development of MAPP, devoting significant attention to pivotal decisions, development milestones, and distinguishing features of this new public health planning tool. All phases of the development ensured a practice-driven process, ongoing substantive input from the field, careful attention to research and literature, and intentional linkage with related efforts. This deliberate process laid the foundation for a tool that is not only well grounded in research and concepts but also relevant for practical use in communities. The process also demonstrates how practice-based research can be conducted in a way that effectively balances the need for applied relevance with intellectual integrity.

This article provides a chronological description of the development of MAPP, devoting significant attention to pivotal decisions, development milestones, and distinguishing features of this new public health planning tool.

Public health advisor with the Office of the Chief of Public Health Practice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She formerly worked for the National Association of County and City Health Officials where she served as MAPP Program Manager. (Corso)

Senior associate with Milne & Associates, and a clinical faculty member of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He formerly was the director of the DeKalb County Board of Health and the chair of the workgroup that developed MAPP. (Wiesner)

Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, and Executive Director of the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium. He is a former Deputy Health Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Public Health and past President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). (Lenihan)

Corresponding author: Liza C. Corso, MPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Chief of Public Health Practice, Mailstop K-36, 4770 Buford Hwy, NE, Atlanta, GA 30341 (e-mail: lmc5@cdc.gov).

The activities described in this article were funded through a cooperative agreement between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The authors thank the work group, advisory committee, review sites, and NACCHO staff for their important contributions throughout the development of MAPP.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.