Community Health Assessment

The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) conducts a community health assessment to determine strategic health priorities for Shelby County. The SCHD uses a process called "MAPP" to guide this process.

Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships (MAPP)


What is MAPP?


MAPP is a strategic approach to community health improvement. As a tool, MAPP helps communities improve health and quality of life through a community-wide and community-driven strategic planning process. Through MAPP, communities seek to achieve optimal health by identifying and using their resources wisely, taking into account their unique circumstances and needs, and forming effective partnerships for strategic action. MAPP is intended to result in the development and implementation of a community-wide strategic plan for community health improvement.

MAPP focuses on strengthening the entire local public health system rather than separate pieces by bringing together diverse interests to collaboratively determine the most effective way to conduct community health activities. This nurturing and development of a strong community consensus around the needs of the local public health system is viewed as a springboard towards future collective action and collective impact.

Who Created MAPP?


The MAPP tool was developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in cooperation with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Practice Program Office through a work group of local health officials, CDC representatives, community representatives, and academicians between 1997 and 2000. Since MAPP's creation it has been used in hundreds of communities throughout the United States.

MAPP in Shelby County


The Shelby County Community Health Improvement Plan, which provides details on the MAPP process in Shelby County, the participants and the results of the assessment.