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Tracking impacts of community health improvement planning: Multiple measures monitor progress

C. Meade Grigg, MA, Christine Abarca, MPH, CHES, Debbie Reich, MA, and Elizabeth Serow, PhD, MPH. Office of Planning, Evaluation and Data Analysis, Florida Department of Health, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A05, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-245-4009, Christine_Abarca@doh.state.fl.us

Comprehensive community health improvement planning is the foundation for improving and promoting healthier Florida communities. This multidimensional practice includes systematically collecting, analyzing and using information to educate and mobilize communities, identifying priorities, inventorying resources, and planning actions to impact the public's health. Tracking the processes, impacts, contributions to outcomes, and health outcomes as well as documenting the value and benefits accrued through community-driven health planning endeavors require a strategy of multiple measures. The Florida Department of Health's Comprehensive Assessment, Strategic Success (COMPASS) initiative, with support from CDC's Assessment Initiative, guides implementation of community health improvement planning processes in Florida's 67 counties based on the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships strategic planning model. Towards the goal of substantiating the value of community health improvement planning as a fundamental practice of public health, the COMPASS framework includes mechanisms to track changes in local capacity for planning, partnership attributes, indicators of impact on community health, local public health system capacity and performance improvement in pertinent areas in county health departments. Monitoring tools include an annual inventory survey of local practice, products and capacities and a community health status profile reporting format with standard indicators. Results from use of the National Public Health Performance Standards Program state and local instruments as well as collaboration with the Department of Health's existing performance measurement process are used to monitor progress. The design and description of these tools, use of results, and examples of local impacts will be shared.

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

Keywords: Community Health Assessment, Outcome Measures

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No

[ Recorded presentation ] Recorded presentation

Where Data Meets Practice: Evaluating Community Health Assessments

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA