Health Promotion:
Mobilizing Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)

"People working together in a strong community with a shared goal and a common purpose can make the impossible possible." –TOM VILSACK, US Secretary of Agriculture

Strategic Approach to Community Health Improvement - Mobilizing Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP).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 for strategic action.

The MAPP tool was developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in cooperation with the Public Health Practice Program Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A work group composed of local health officials, CDC representatives, community representatives, and academicians developed MAPP between 1997 and 2000. The vision for implementing MAPP is:
MAPP Image of Community using roads to illustrate the strategic approach to health improvement.

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

Communities that have undertaken MAPP have experienced the following benefits:

  • Creates a healthy community and a better quality of life.
  • Increases the visibility of public health within the community.
  • Anticipates and manages change.
  • Creates a stronger public health infrastructure.
  • Engages the community and creates community ownership for public health issues.

Alaska’s MAPP Program

The Alaska MAPP Program was established as a cooperative initiative between Health Promotion and the Section of Public Health Nursing in 2006 in order to assist Alaska communities in developing and implementing community-wide strategic plans. The ultimate goals of Alaska’s MAPP effort are for communities to achieve optimal health, improve coordination of serves and resources, and build a stronger public health partnership system. Using the national model and materials, Health Promotion provides the following services:

  • On-site and statewide training on the MAPP framework
  • Technical assistance on all phases of the MAPP
  • Location specific consultation on:
    • community organizing
    • coalition development
    • visioning
    • community assessment
    • strategic planning
    • evidence-based public health
    • implementation
    • evaluation
  • Access to national and Alaska specific resources
  • Community networking across Alaska

MAPP Resources

Alaska Specific Resources:

National Association of City and County Health Officials:


For more information, please contact:

Jayne E. Andreen, Manager
Health Promotion
Division of Public Health
Department of Health and Social Services
P.O. Box 110614
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0614