|The Sussex County Community Health Partnership evolved
from the Sussex County Governmental Public Health Partnership (GPHP). The
GPHP was formed in the beginning of 2005 to act in accordance with Phase
2 of New Jersey's state-wide rollout of the National Public Health Performance
Standards Program (NPHPSP).
|The NPHPSP is a collaborative effort to enhance the Nation's
public health systems. Seven national public health organizations have partnered
to develop national performance standards for State and local public health
systems. It is based on the 3 Core Functions of Public Health (Assessment,
Policy Development & Assurance)
http://www.health.gov/phfunctions/public.htm, the Essential Public Health
People 2010 "Public Health Infrastructure"
Healthy New Jersey 2010 "Strengthening Public Health Capacity"
http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/hnj2010u05/index.shtml and the National
Local Public Health System Performance Instrument
|The stated mission and goals of the NPHPSP are to improve
the quality of public health practice and the performance of public health
- Providing performance standards for public health systems and encouraging
their widespread use;
- Engaging and leveraging national, state, and local partnerships to
build a stronger foundation for public health preparedness;
- Promoting continuous quality improvement of public health systems;
- Strengthening the science base for public health practice improvement.
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Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships
Another component of Phase 2 of the NPHPSP is the initiation of the MAPP
process. The MAPP acronym stands for Mobilizing for Action through
Planning and Partnerships. MAPP focuses on strengthening the local
public health system by bringing together diverse interests to collaboratively
determine the most effective way to conduct public health activities.
http://mapp.naccho.org/mapp_introduction.asp. The MAPP process is intended
to result in the development of a community-wide strategic plan that coordinates
and optimizes public, private and individual assets to achieve sustainable
solutions to health and human services issues.
The Sussex County Community Health Partnership (SCCHP) is committed to making
a positive difference regarding the health concerns of the residents of
Sussex County. The SCCHP is engaged in a community-wide strategic planning
process to improve community health by prioritizing public health issues
and identifying resource capacity to address health and quality of life
issues using the MAPP model.
|In the MAPP model, the "phases" of the MAPP process are
shown in the center of the model, while the four MAPP Assessments - the
key content areas that drive the process - are shown in four outer arrows.
The four (4) MAPP Assessments are:
- The Community Themes and Strengths Assessment provides
a deep understanding of the issues residents feel are important by answering
the questions, "What is important to our community?" "How is quality
of life perceived in our community?" and "What assets do we have that
can be used to improve community health?"
- The Local Public Health System Assessment (LPHSA)
focuses on all of the organizations and entities that contribute to
the public's health. The LPHSA answers the questions, "What are the
components, activities, competencies, and capacities of our local public
health system?" and "How are the Essential Services being provided to
- The Community Health Status Assessment identifies
priority community health and quality of life issues. Questions answered
here include, "How healthy are our residents?" and "What does the health
status of our community look like?"
- The Forces of Change Assessment focuses on identifying
forces such as legislation, technology, and other impending changes
that affect the context in which the community and its public health
system operate. This answers the questions, "What is occurring or might
occur that affects the health of our community or the local public health
system?" and "What specific threats or opportunities are generated by
While each of the assessments alone will yield important information
for improving community health, the value of the four MAPP Assessments
is multiplied by considering the findings of each individual assessment
together. Disregarding any of the four assessments will leave participants
with an incomplete understanding of the factors that affect the local
public health system and, ultimately, the health of the community.
The Sussex County Community Health Survey
A community-wide strategic planning process often begins with the leadership
of one or more organizations. Given the assessment, policy development
and assurance roles that local health departments play and given MAPPs
focus on the local public health system, it is anticipated that many local
health departments will initiate and support the MAPP process in their
communities. Sussex County is one such community. The health officers
from the local health departments have had instrumental roles in initiating,
supporting and leading this process. In fact, through the support of the
Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services;
the Hopatcong Borough Health Department
and the Vernon Township Health Department- the Sussex County Community
Health Partnership was able to conduct the Community Health Survey for
The objective of conducting a Community Health Survey (CHS) is to find
out what residents think is important to the health of their community;
how they feel about different health services and issues; as well as
personal/community health behaviors. The CHS was officially launched
at the New Jersey State Fair in August of 2005, as well as online at
the Sussex County website's homepage. The response from the both venues
was extraordinary with over 1,200 Sussex County residents participating
in completing a survey. The Sussex County Community Health Partnership
had a booth in the county building and had over 30 volunteers who assisted
with survey collection.
|The Sussex County Community Health Survey contained
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
questions, Quality of Life questions, questions the Partnership considered
important and distinct to Sussex County, as well as demographic questions.
BRFSS questions were utilized to enable data comparisons across state
and national (http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/index.htm)
levels. The BRFSS data collected by the New Jersey BRFSS for Sussex
County did not contain a significant sample size; therefore the Sussex
County Community Health Partnership designed and administered their
own CHS in order to obtain more relevant County data.
|Currently, the Partnership is in the process of conducting
an in-depth analysis of the results of the survey. Once the analysis
is complete, the Sussex County Community Health Partnership will use
the information gathered from the CHS to assess and identify gaps
in health services and develop a Community Health Improvement Plan
(CHIP) for the citizens of Sussex County.
|The CHIP will be developed to promote the health
of Sussex County residents. It will be a consensus plan; formulated
with input from public and private partners from within the county.
Although the plan will include a wide array of public health concerns;
it will not be an exhaustive list. It will examine and present recommendations
from the Partnership for a focused list of priorities, linked to the
priority areas included in the national Healthy People 2010 report.
A variety of quantitative and qualitative methods will be used by
the Partnership to select the priority areas addressed in this plan.
|Keep checking back for further information. If you
have any questions, feel free to contact Ralph D'Aries, Partnership
or 973-579-0379 ext. 1268.