Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a strategic approach to community health improvement. This tool helps communities improve health and quality of life through community-wide strategic planning. Using MAPP, communities seek to achieve optimal health by identifying and using their resources wisely, taking into account their unique circumstances and needs, and forming effective partnerships.

MAPP Vision:

“Communities achieving improved health and quality of life by mobilizing partnerships and taking strategic action.”


The MAPP process was created in 2001. Currently, about 650 organizations have used MAPP nationally. The MAPP process is to be conducted every 5 years. A major benefit of the first DeKalb MAPP process was formation of the Live Healthy DeKalb coalition.

The MAPP process has six phases:

  • Organizing for success and partnership.
  • Visioning.
  • Assessing the community.
  • Community Themes & Strengths Assessment provides a deep understanding of the issues residents feel are important in their community.
  • Local Public Health System Assessment is a comprehensive assessment of all the entities that contribute to the community‚Äôs health.
  • Forces of Change Assessment focuses on identifying forces, such as legislation and technology, that affect how the community and its public health system operates.
  • Developing strategic Issues
  • Setting goals and Strategies
  • Creating an action cycle