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Community Health Planning and Statistics

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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 current and past assessments and data sources.

Community Health Assessment

MAPP Assessments

  • Community Themes and Strengths 2014
  • Forces of Change 2014
  • Local Public Health System Assessment 2015
  • Community Health Status 2011 | (2015 document is now included in the 2015 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.

In 2012, a group of community partners brought together by Polk Vision, used community health assessments to develop the Building a Healthier Polk Initiative, a new Community Health Improvement Plan. The goal of this Initiative is to reduce the obesity rate in Polk County to less than the state average. This initiative is focusing on six strategic areas: school based, neighborhood/community based, primary care physicians, work-site based, higher education, and communication.

Follow the links below to download the current and previous CHIPs as well as other resources developed by Building a Healthier Polk.

Community Health Improvement Plans

Building a Healthier Polk

  • Annual Reports 2013 | 2014
  • Highlight Infographic 2013 | 2014
  • Highlight Video 2012
  • Public Service Announcement 2015
  • Primary Care Strategy Executive Summary 2014

Health Department Annual Reports

Florida Department of Health In Polk County Annual Report 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Additional Data Sources

County Health Rankings and Road Maps

Florida CHARTS

State Health Improvement Plan