251780 Integrating Environmental Public Health Performance Standards into “Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)”: Lessons from Fairfax County, Virginia

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 12:30 PM

Alexandra Hart , Public Health Infrastructure and Systems, National Association of County & City Health Officials, Washington, DC
Tom Crow, RS, Director of Division of Environmental Health , Division of Environmental Health, Fairfax County Health Department, Fairfax, VA
Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a community-wide strategic planning process for improving public health. It is a method to help communities prioritize public health issues, identify resources for addressing them, and take action. While MAPP does not have a strong environmental health component, the process is flexible enough to integrate environmental public health assessments. Fairfax County is an example of a community that has supplemented their MAPP process with an Environmental Health Profile and the Local Environmental Public Health System Assessment. This session will provide an overview of MAPP and the value of integrating an environmental health assessment into the process. A representative from Fairfax County Health Department will describe their rationale for integrating an environmental health assessment into the MAPP process and how this has helped to inform their community improvement plan.

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe MAPP and the flexibility of the process to integrate other assessments. Identify the role of performance standards in assessment and quality improvement work. Describe the importance of conducting assessments relevant to the community.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 30 years experience in the field of environmental health management; 10 of which were spent managing a national environmental health program. I have been the Director of Environmental Health for the last five years in a large suburban health department in the Washington, DC area. I also have five years experience in managing my own environmental health consulting firm, which included doing management consulting with the Indian Health Service and the Food and Drug Administration.
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.