256940 An academic - public health agency partnership: Using MAPP to assess a community

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 12:50 PM - 1:10 PM

Nancy N. Menzel, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, CPH, CNE , School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Purpose: To develop a vision statement and complete three of the four assessments in NACCHO'S Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) strategic planning framework for improving community health. Background: Clark County, Nevada includes Las Vegas and surrounding areas, with a combined population of approximately 2 million. The Las Vegas area fares poorly in most health indicators, such as high school graduation rate, chronic disease morbidity and mortality, suicides, and access to health care. Nevada ranks last in the country for public health spending. The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Nursing (SON) to begin a comprehensive community assessment as a foundation for improving population health and applying for national accreditation. Funding came from grants, one to the university and one to the SNHD.

Methods: The vision statement was developed by consensus. A public health clinical nurse specialist in the SON completed three assessments: Local Public Health System, Community Themes and Strengths, and Forces of Change. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected. The SON also provided data analysis and summary reports, reducing the time needed from SNHD staff.

Results: These assessments, combined with the Community Health Status Assessment, provided the basis for SNHD to complete the Public Health Accreditation Board prerequisites: Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plans, as well as a strategic plan. Benefits to the SON included grant funding, closer ties with an agency used for student placement, and research experience for graduate students.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the four assessments in the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) community-driven strategic planning process. 2. Identify at least two opportunities for academic-community agency partnerships.

Keywords: Community Health Assessment, Public Health Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified because I am a funded PhD prepared researcher who has completed the community assessment with the public health agency.
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.

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