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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
4082.0: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - Board 2

Abstract #110101

Creating community partnerships to reduce health disparities using CDC's MAPP Model: An innovative approach to implementing evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs in Maywood Illinois

Sonia Lopez, MPH, Prevention Services Unit, Cook County Department of Public Health, 1010 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301, 708-492-2058, solopez@cookcountygov.com

Traditionally, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and organizations such as the University of Illinois Extension have experienced challenges with community participation when implementing chronic disease prevention programs in Maywood. Based on the high prevalence rate of heart disease and the obstacles experienced through previous programs, the Health Promotion unit of CCDPH and the University of Illinois Extension initiated The Maywood Advantage Partnership (M.A.P.). M.A.P. was created to establish a partnership inclusive of community agencies and residents in order to prioritize public health issues, identify resources, and expand or implement evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs. M.A.P utilizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships Model as a framework to conduct a community assessment in Maywood. The community assessment allows for maximized use of local resources by filling the gaps in services, and tailoring already existing programs to better meet the needs of community residents, thus increasing the success of evidence-based chronic disease prevention efforts in Maywood. Finally, the information garnered through the MAPP process serves in the preparation of future grant proposal submissions that can bring much needed resources to this community area. M.A.P. is an example of an innovative community driven approach aimed at reducing health disparities in Maywood. Public health professionals in search of practical methods to address chronic disease prevention can adapt this strategy to maximize resources within their own communities.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Chronic Diseases

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

Community Partnerships: Working Together to Improve Health

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA