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Helping MAPP the Future of Health in Duval County

Friday, October 21, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bryan Campbell
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Today, the Duval County Medical Society joined the Department of Health in Duval County and several other community organizations to work on a plan to improve the health of the community.

Every three years, the Department of Health works on developing a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) that will provide the strategic goals for improving the health of the community. The process is facilitated through a process called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP). 

The group has established four strategic priorities that it will use to create Goals and measurable objectives. The areas are:

  1. Healthy Families and Healthy Babies - Duval County ranks near the bottom of the state in the County Health Rankings in infant mortality. Groups like the Healthy Start Coalition are working to educate the community and help to reverse this trend. However, the problem is more than just lack of education or access to care. 
  2. Healthiest Weight - Former Florida Surgeon General, John Armstrong, M.D., was a strong proponent of making Florida the state with the highest percentage of people at a healthy weight. Unfortunately, about 33% of adults in Jacksonville are considered obese, and nearly 70% are considered overweight or obese.
  3. Behavioral Health - Access to mental and behavioral health resources is considered one o the greatest gaps in access to care in Duval County. This priority reaches beyond access to care and education. There must be a way to increase the resources available within the region.
  4. Access to Care - This is the multi-faceted issue that we've been facing for years. Whether it's geographic restrictions, lack of insurance, transportation barriers or something else entirely, we know that there are too many people who do not have access or utilize access to the health care they need. Many organizations partner to cover some of these access to care gaps, but the priority is to increase the efficiency and efficacy of those programs.

The process at this time is to develop goals and measurable objectives under those strategic priorities. This process will continue into 2017. In the coming weeks, we will have access to the working documents from the MAPP Steering Committee to present to DCMS members for online comment. That information can be folded into the final product.

One exciting development from today's meeting is that one measurable objective that was agreed upon was to ensure the enrollment of at least 20,000 people into the DCMS Foundation's program 904 Mission One Million, the city-wide initiative to get Jacksonville to lose one million pounds.

Once the MAPP documents are available for dissemination, I will share them with the DCMS Membership, and look forward to speaking with any member who has input for the process.