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Sussex County Community Health Partnership One Spring Street

Department of Environmental and Public Health Services
Sussex County Community Health Partnership
Herbert Yardley, Department Administrator/Health Officer
One Spring Street, Newton, N.J. 07860
Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone 973-579-0370 Fax 973-579-0399
health@sussex.nj.us


Working Together to Build a Healthier Community.


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 Services http://www.cdc.gov/od/ocphp/nphpsp/EssentialPHServices.htm, Healthy People 2010 "Public Health Infrastructure" http://www.healthypeople.gov/, 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 http://www.cdc.gov/od/ocphp/nphpsp/documents/Local_v_1_OMB_0920-0555.pdf.
 
The stated mission and goals of the NPHPSP are to improve the quality of public health practice and the performance of public health systems by:
  1. Providing performance standards for public health systems and encouraging their widespread use;
  2. Engaging and leveraging national, state, and local partnerships to build a stronger foundation for public health preparedness;
  3. Promoting continuous quality improvement of public health systems; and
  4. Strengthening the science base for public health practice improvement.

(For more information: http://www.cdc.gov/od/ocphp/nphpsp/overview.htm and http://www.state.nj.us/health/lh/phps.htm)
 

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 our community?"
  • 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 these occurrences?"

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 Sussex County.

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 (http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/brfss.htm) 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 Coordinator: Email: rdaries@sussex.nj.us or 973-579-0379 ext. 1268.
A program of the Department of Environmental and Public Health Services
Herbert J. Yardley, Administrator/Health Officer health@sussex.nj.us


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Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone 973-579-0370
Fax 973-579-0399




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