264575 Multi-Sector Community Health Planning in Boston: Utilizing the MAPP Framework to Promote Health Across the Lifespan

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Allyson Scherb, MPH , Health Resources in Action, Boston, MA
John Riordan, Master of City & Regional Planning , Office of Child Advocacy, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
David Aronstein, MSW , Boston Alliance for Community Health, Boston, MA
Tracy Desovich, MPH , Health Resources in Action, Boston, MA
The Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH) is a coalition of ten neighborhood-based coalitions that unites public, private, and non-profit partners in neighborhood-based, data-driven health planning and improvement to influence policy-making, program development, service delivery and resource allocation, in order to protect, promote and improve the health and well-being of all Boston residents. BACH chose Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) for its community health planning process. Partners were engaged from state and city public health agencies, hospitals, community health centers, health insurers, housing, public safety, schools, foundations and community-based organizations. BACH adopted an asset-based assessment framework incorporating a continuum of health determinants from societal aspects, such as race and class, to individual aspects, such as behavior and quality of life. Twelve health behavior categories were selected and aligned with the National Prevention Strategy and local partners' priorities. Using the framework, data is being collected consistently across local neighborhoods and city-wide in order to measure and compare Boston to the National Prevention Strategy indicators. The breadth of this assessment highlights opportunities for action on multiple levels to improve the health and quality of life for all Boston residents. BACH is currently in the assessment phase and is working to mobilize its multi-sector partners and the neighborhood coalitions towards unified health improvement across the city.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
List the sectors and methods of engagement of interdisciplinary partners in BACH's planning process Define best practices and challenges to conducting neighborhood and city-wide community health planning using MAPP Describe how to utilize National Prevention Strategy priorities in local health planning processes

Keywords: Community Health Assessment, Community-Based Partnership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am a public health practitioner who is part of the interdisciplinary data subcommittee
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.