ToP Processes and MAPP:

A Marriage Made in Community Planning Heaven!

Hot off the presses, the new “MAPP Handbook” is a resource intended for those individuals leading the **MAPP (Mobilizing Action through Planning and Partnerships) process in their communities.  It can be used to help MAPP communities move through the process of organizing partners, collecting comprehensive data, strategizing and implementing an action plan. With tips and worksheets to help guide the community through the MAPP philosophy, ideas for engaging local public health systems partners and community members, this is the ultimate guide to MAPP success!

What is really exciting to ToP practitioners about this new and improved handbook is that ToP methods, designs and processes have been included and suggested as promising approaches for effective and collaborative tools for healthy community planning.  The ICA website is also referenced for those interested in obtaining ToP training and/or accessing facilitation assistance.

Those interested in accessing the MAPP Handbook and/or connecting to the dynamic national MAPP community of practice are encouraged to also check out the MAPP Network, a resource for past, present, and future MAPP communities.  There you can converse with community partners from across the country, meet fellow MAPP users, solicit advice from MAPP Navigators, connect with other MAPP communities, and learn about other helpful MAPP resources.  Visit MAPP Network at: here to access the MAPP Handbook now!  (To access the MAPP Handbook, you will need to become a member of the new MAPP Network.)

Public Health in ToP (PhiT), indeed!

Deb Burnight, CTF

** MAPP is a model for community health assessment and health improvement planning developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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