St. Charles County continuously ranks as one of Missouri’s healthiest counties and strives to be among the healthiest communities in the United States. The Department of Public Health is leading a county-wide effort to identify public health issues within the community and develop strategies to address those concerns. Involving individuals from many different specialties, the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process assesses four overarching categories:
Community Health Status Assessment – addressing the overall health of residents and offering a look at the area’s health status
Community Themes and Strengths Assessment – collecting input on issues important to St. Charles County residents
Local Public Health System Assessment – identifying capacity and capabilities of the local public health system
Forces of Change Assessment – identifying legislation, technology and other areas that affect the community’s health
The MAPP process has been developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build a community consensus toward the health needs of area residents. The process is divided into six stages:
Developing goals and strategies
To evaluate available resources and determine important issues affecting St. Charles County was issued for public input. Answers provided helped to identify community needs and highlighted resources available to serve the community.