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One of the responsibilities of the Health Department is to conduct community health assessments and provide data and information related to the health of the community. The process that the Florida Department of Health in Polk County uses is known as MAPP, which stands for Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships. The MAPP processes involves four assessments: Community Themes and Strengths, Forces of Change, Local Public Health System Assessment, and Community Health Status.

These four assessments are analyzed and compiled into what is known as the Community Health Assessment. This document, which is produced every 3-5 years, identifies factors that determine the availability of resources within the community that can be mobilized to improve the health status of Polk. It assures that local resources are directed toward activities and interventions that address critical and timely public health needs.

Follow the links below to download the current CHA:

Community Health Assessment

Community Health Improvement Plan

The results of the Community Health Assessment are used to create a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is a community-wide strategic plan to improve the health and quality of life of the people who live in Polk County. Upon completion of the Polk County 2015 Community Health Assessment, meetings with community partners were held from July 2015 through June 2016 to review the Community Health Assessment, select strategic priorities and create objectives and measures for the 2016-2020 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Polk County’s current CHIP began in August of 2016 and will run through December of 2020. Each year, the CHIP is reviewed and revisions are made. 

Follow the links below to download the current CHIP:

Community Health Improvement Plan Annual Progress Reports

2017-2018 (PDF 4mb opens in new window)

2018-2019 (PDF 2.7mb opens in new window)


Additional Data Sources

County Health Rankings and Road Maps (opens in new window)

Florida CHARTS (opens in new window)

State Health Improvement Plan