238908 A unified vision for healthy communities: Sustaining community health assessment (MAPP) through a larger community visioning process

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sonja Armbruster, MAC , Health Protection and Promotion, Sedgwick County Health Department, Wichita, KS
Claudia Blackburn, MPH, RNC, CPM , Sedgwick County Health Department, Wichita, KS
Roderick Harris , Sedgwick County Health Department, Wichita, KS
Meghan Hampton , Sedgwick County Health Department, Wichita, KS
Objectives: The goal of this project was to engage community stakeholders in the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process to increase awareness about the issues affecting the health of the community, as well as identify strategic priorities, focus current community health efforts, and mobilize new partners.

Methods: Using the framework provided through MAPP, the Community Health Priorities process was coordinated by the Sedgwick County Health Department and organized through Visioneering Wichita. “Visioneering” unites citizens, public and private organizations to adopt shared values, vision and strategies for a regional community based strategic plan. Community forums brought together representatives from private business sector, health care, public health, government and community leaders. Four forums were held to review community health assessment data, select priorities, identify best practices and develop potential strategies for action. As the result of these forums, five community health priorities were identified: mental health, oral health, obesity and diabetes, access, and health disparities. Next steps include a community-wide electronic survey seeking commitment to action on the health priorities.

Results: Forums engaged 143 community leaders. This project is in the action stage and these community health priorities have been shared with over 2000 community members, physicians, and dentists through presentations, and thousands more through the web, radio, and print media.

Conclusions: Embedding this health assessment work in the overarching community visioning process is the key to sustainability over time. This strategy for community health planning provides external infrastructure support and opportunities to engage unique business and community leaders.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education

Learning Objectives:
To formulate strategies for connecting community health planning to broader community engagement initiatives through this case study example. To identify the steps for engaging community partners and completing the phases of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process.

Keywords: Community Health Planning, Assessments

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I lead the MAPP process in my community and designed our assessment and community engagement strategies.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.