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The San Francisco Community Vital Signs: Using Web-Based Tools to Facilitate the Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships Process

Ostrovsky, Andrey MD; Katz, Mitchell H. MD

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: September/October 2011 - Volume 17 - Issue 5 - p 457–471
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318208e750
Commentary

A coalition of local public health system stakeholders in San Francisco developed a community assessment and strategic planning tool, the San Francisco Community Vital Signs (SFCVS). The SFCVS builds on the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) model by incorporating Internet-based technology into local public health system evaluation and strengthening. This article describes the overlap between the SFCVS and MAPP processes, the manner in which information technology facilitated the SFCVS process, and a template for infusing a Web-based platform into the MAPP model. Internet-based applications helped to implement many (16 of 41; 39%) of the components of the SFCVS process. Of these 16 process measures, the majority (10; 63%) required the use of Web-based technology. The SFCVS demonstrates that a MAPP-like process can leverage the Internet to augment the functionality of public health activities.

This article describes the overlap between the San Francisco Community Vital Signs (SFCVS) and Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) processes, the manner in which information technology facilitated the SFCVS process, and a template for infusing a Web-based platform into the MAPP model.

Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Ostrovsky); and San Francisco Department of Public Health and University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (Dr Katz).

Correspondence: Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, Children's Hospital Boston, 300 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115 (andrey.ostrovsky@childrens.harvard.edu).

This article represents the viewpoints of the authors and not necessarily those of the San Francisco Department of Public Health or the Building a Healthier San Francisco Coalition. The authors thank the Building a Healthier San Francisco Coalition for their guidance in creating and implementing the San Francisco Community Vital Signs and the Healthy Communities Institute for the technical expertise and creativity.

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.