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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.

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Community Planning

The OCH&P is responsible for conducting the Community Health Assessment every five years using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnership (MAPP). The MAPP process is a tool developed by the National Association of County and City Officials. Using MAPP, communities seek to achieve optimal health by identifying and using their resources wisely, considering their unique circumstances and needs, and forming effective partnerships for strategic action.

The process consists of four community health assessments: Local Public Health System Assessment, Community Themes and Strengths Assessment, Forces of Change Assessment, and the Community Health Status Assessment. The four assessments completed through the MAPP process examines issues such as risk factors for disease, illness and mortality, socioeconomic and environmental conditions, inequities in health, and quality of life. These assessments can help identify and prioritize health problems and facilitate planning and actions to address those problems.

Additionally, OCH&P is responsible for developing the Community Health Improvement Plan every five years. The OCH&P is responsible for monitoring and evaluating all objectives on a quarterly basis and for providing an annual progress report.

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