Phase 3 - LPHSA: Questions and Answers
If you have additional questions, contact MAPP staff members at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will either answer your questions or connect you with a MAPP Mentor.
What is the link between MAPP and the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP)?
After completing the NPHPSP, MAPP is a means to address systems performance improvement against a backdrop of the system''s public health priorities. MAPP is one approach to interpreting performance standards data within the broader context of their communities'' public health needs and strengths. Using NPHPSP within MAPP ensures broad-based involvement in the performance assessment process
What is the biggest challenge to beginning MAPP after conducting the NPHPSP?
Some communities have used the assessment as a survey to offset the challenge and time needed to bring partners together, but this limits the cross-learning that takes place. One of the most important aspects of the tool is the partners learning about what is happening, what others are doing, and where gaps exist. This enables the partners to begin to understand how to address system weaknesses.
What are the benefits of doing the LPHSA within MAPP?
They asserted that the process expanded knowledge of public health among system partners. Some commented that after completing this assessment, partners showed a much better understanding of what public health is and their own roles within the public health system.
Some felt that the LPHSA created more awareness in the community about activities of the public health system.
The LPHSA is designed to identify strengths and weaknesses in terms of the Ten Essential Public Health Services (10 EPHS).
If users were to do the LPHSA again, what would they do differently? Users indicated they would make a concerted effort to ensure that participants have a strong understanding of the "public health system" concept beforehand. They would also ensure that the local health department internal staff and external partners are equally engaged in the process.