by Maddie Kemp
This summer I have the opportunity to intern at Black Hawk County Health Department. Black Hawk County includes the following cities: Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, La Porte City, Dunkerton, Elk Run Heights, Gilbertville, Hudson, Raymond, and Washburn. Its population is roughly 132,648.
Here at the Health Department, I am working with Terry. She is the community planner here at Black Hawk. Her current project has both her and I working on what NACCHO calls MAPP. MAPP stands for Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships. MAPP is a six phase process. The first process entails identifying community members who should be included as well as prepping resources and staff for the entirety. The second process involves visioning where the team sees the community in the near future. A total of four assessments are conducted during the third phase. The fourth, fifth, and sixth phases are primarily for identifying concerns and problems, identifying goals and strategies to address the problems, and acting to make change.
The MAPP process is typically spread out over the course of 14 months, but due to a number of reasons, Black Hawk County will complete the MAPP process in 10 months. This is a small window of time to complete things, but the employees here at the Health Department are quick to learn, eager to help, and dedicated to ensuring optimum health for all residents!