New MAPP Guidelines for Community Health Improvement (CHNAs)

New MAPP Guidelines for Community Health Improvement

New MAPP Guidelines for Community Health Improvement (CHNAs)

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has released an updated version of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework for community health improvement, originally developed in 2001. The MAPP 2.0 process is community-driven and focuses on assessing public health needs and available resources, prioritizing health issues, and developing strategies within an improvement plan. The process is heavily used by public health departments, but due to the overlap with the IRS 501(3) r guidelines, many health systems and hospitals also utilize MAPP to fulfill Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) requirements.

The MAPP 2.0 is organized into three distinct phases and includes three new assessments:

Phase 1 – Building the Community Health Improvement Foundation

• Forge strategic relationships with stakeholders.
• Inventory available resources.
• Develop shared vision and understanding.

Phase 2 – Tell the Community Story

•During phase 2, three distinct assessment tools provide both qualitative and quantitative information. MAPP 2.0 includes a greater focus on collecting information on health inequities and how they are impacted by the social determinants of health and systemic forces.

o Community Partners Assessment
o Community Status Assessment
o Community Context Assessment

Phase 3 – Continuously Improve the Community

Development of strategies to address the social determinants of health and health equity through partnership, continuous quality improvement, and rapid cycle improvement processes.

Carnahan Group has extensive experience conducting Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) for non-profit hospitals and joint assessments for multiple facilities, health departments, and stakeholder organizations. We also offer tailored solutions for key components of the community health improvement process, like stakeholder interviews, secondary data gathering, or the development of an implementation strategy. Carnahan Group’s public health expertise and utilization of proven methodology, like the MAPP 2.0 framework, will ensure your organization complies with relevant regulations and impacts meaningful change in your community.

If Carnahan Group can help your organization call 813.289.2588 and talk to one of our experts.


Sources: National Association of County & City Health Officials 2023, and Human Impact Partners, 2023