A Case Study about National Public Health Performance Standards Program
Stephenson County Illinois is a small county with a big commitment to public health performance. Last year, Stephenson County was looking for a new model to assess their public health system. They decided to conduct the MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) process because it would provide a sophisticated and comprehensive assessment of their public health system. Stephenson County saw MAPP as a way to effectively assess the needs of their county, especially the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) component.
MAPP and NPHPSP also fit in with their overall diligence for developing community health plans and timely assessments. Jeff Todd, Public Health Administrator for Stephenson County Health Department, called together a small group of the county’s top leaders to plan the process. Together they looked over the NPHPSP selfassessment and decided whom within the county could best answer the questions. After several meetings, the group came up with a list of 12 people who were sent the NPHPSP selfassessment tool and invited to participate in a series of meetings that would produce the data for an NPHPSP self-assessment.
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