Online Program

Expand the Circle of Involvement! The Cook County Department of Public Health's use of MAPP to understand the forces that inequitably distribute the social determinants of health

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

James E. Bloyd, MPH, Community Epidemiology and Health Planning, Cook County Department of Public Health, Oak Forest, IL

Rachel Rubin, MD, MPH, FACP, Cook County Department of Public Health, Oak Forest, IL
Maximilian M. Boykin, Member-Black Youth Project 100, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago, IL
To fulfill the Cook County (Illinois) Department of Public Health's (CCDPH) mission to “achieve health equity for all people and communities in Cook County,” a team of CCDPH staff carried out a Forces of Change Assessment focusing on the social determinants of health (SDOH). Informed by the National Association of County and City Health Official’s Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework, Healthy People 2020, and the World Health Organization’s SDOH framework, CCDPH conducted four focus groups with a total of 26 people in June and July 2015. Community, labor, and youth organizers, social service administrators, disability rights activists, chamber of commerce, advocates for incarcerated people, renters, food security, immigrants and education were included in the Circle of Involvement.’ The assessment produced themes and information in response to 3 questions about factors, trends, or events affecting the distribution of SDOH among residents of Cook County.

A community organizer will describe his experience in the assessment, the benefits of participating, and recommend actions for building relationships between organizers and health departments. Two health department staff leading the Forces of Change assessment will describe logistics, focus group process, recruitment and characteristics of participants, materials used, data analysis, and lessons learned. This assessment was an important workforce development opportunity for CCDPH staff that created new skills and a context in which to deepen understanding of health equity concepts.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the theoretical framework underlying this Forces of Change focus on social determinants of health; List the actions CCDPH staff took that helped increase participation to include new partners in the assessment; Discuss strategies and steps health department workers can take to encourage organizers to participate in health department planning processes.

Keyword(s): Community Health Planning, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a full-time public health worker in a local health department, with practice and academic expertise in applying WHO concepts to community health planning processes, including the NACCHO MAPP process. I have worked in LHD for over 20 years.I am the Coordinator for the Forces of Change assessment process described in the abstract.
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.