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 Evolution: A Blueprint for the Future

Following a national evaluation of the MAPP framework, NACCHO is spearheading a MAPP evolution process to adapt the framework and related training and resources to better meet current field needs and trends around community health improvement (CHI). The evaluation provided foundational evidence for MAPP’s effectiveness in facilitating CHI processes including initiating partnerships, understanding community perspectives, and meeting national standards and requirements. However, the study also provided foundational evidence for the need to update the framework to better integrate health equity and community engagement, address limitations and inefficiencies throughout the process, offer advanced training and resources, and expand its applicability to a broader variety of communities. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Resources and Services Administration, NACCHO worked with the field to outline revisions to the framework and develop a multi-year blueprint for conducting a MAPP re-design.

Access the MAPP Evolution Blueprint Executive Summary to learn more about the MAPP evolution process, proposed revisions to the framework, and next steps. As NACCHO is embarking on this exciting journey to evolve MAPP, we are committed to keeping the field informed and engaged in the process.

Below you will find current opportunities related to MAPP’s evolution:

  • MAPP Evolution: Field Engagement Survey – Complete this brief 5-minute survey to express your interest in engaging with NACCHO to inform MAPP’s evolution. Opportunities include product reviews, sub-committees, key informant interviews, focus groups, and pilot testing new products
  • Request for Proposals: Guide to Conducting a Community Status Assessment –NACCHO will award up to $50,000 total to a consultant to develop a comprehensive guide to conducting a Community Status Assessment (CSA). Access the RFP here for further details. All proposals must be submitted to Pooja Verma (pverma@naccho.org) by 5pm EST Friday, December 18.
  • Request for Proposals: Developing a Community Partners Assessment – As a part of MAPP’s evolution, NACCHO will award up to $50,000 to a consultant to develop and design an assessment instrument(s) and associated guidance for communities to understand the individual and collective capacity of cross-sectoral community partners to improve population health and address the root causes of health inequities. If interested, access the RFP here for further details. All proposals must be submitted to Pooja Verma (pverma@naccho.org) by 5pm EST Friday, December 18.

Getting Started

As NACCHO is evolving the MAPP framework, we recognize that this important work cannot be put on hold and encourage communities to continue their MAPP processes using the current framework. Learn more about the existing six phases of MAPP by navigating through the pages below. For a high-level view of the community health assessment/community health improvement plan (CHA/CHIP), also see our CHA/CHIP homepage.

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MAPP handbook

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MAPP handbook

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Phase 1: Organize for Success & Partnership Development

This is the first phase of the MAPP process, covering how to organize for success.

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Phase 1: Organize for Success & Partnership Development

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Phase 4: Identify Strategic Issues

Phase four of the MAPP program helps you identify strategic issues before continuing the process.

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Phase 4: Identify Strategic Issues

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Phase 2: Visioning

Next is a collaborative process that leads to a shared community vision and common values.

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Phase 2: Visioning

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Phase 5: Formulate Goals & Strategies

This phase of the MAPP program will help you formulate goals and strategies to achieve them.

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Phase 5: Formulate Goals & Strategies

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Phase 3: The Four Assessments

Once phase two is complete, you can move on to collecting and analyzing data.

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Phase 3: The Four Assessments

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Phase 6: Action Cycle

Phase 6 of the MAPP process helps you put your strategies into action.

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Phase 6: Action Cycle

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