County Health’s Lantto, SJML’s Vanderpool set for national conference

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Chelsea Moxlow Lantto, health promotion & accreditation coordinator for the Livingston County Health Department, is set to speak at the conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials on March 13-14 in Atlanta, Ga., as part of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) training.

Lantto, representing the Livingston County Health Department, will be the “story from the field.” The LCHD was asked to select a healtcare system partner to co-present, and Lantto will be joined by Elisabeth Vanderpool, director of community health for St. Joseph Mercy Livingston.

Together, Lantto and Vanderpool will provide examples of local health department and hospital collaborative efforts to improve community health in Livingston County using the MAPP framework. Programs that resulted as a part of this collaboration include Prescription for Health, which provides fresh produce and health education to patients experiencing chronic illness and food insecurity.

“Stories from the Field are a highlight of MAPP trainings. Participants tell us how much they value hearing from communities on the nuts and bolts of how to actually implement the MAPP process,” said Deya Greer, Senior Analyst with NACCHO. “We are especially excited to have the St. Joseph Mercy Livingston and Livingston County Health Department partner team present at the upcoming national MAPP training at ACHI, as participants frequently ask us how successful partnerships are built and maintained.”

Beginning in August 2014, Livingston County embarked on a 15-month process to develop a community-wide strategic plan to improve the health and well-being of the county. The six-phase MAPP framework, developed by NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Program Practice Office, was selected for this process and was facilitated by LCHD. The MAPP framework provided a comprehensive approach to improving the health and quality of life of Livingston County residents through community-wide and community-driven strategic planning.

The results of the completed MAPP process provide the foundation for the 2015-2020 Livingston County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is a long-term, systematic plan to address public health issues identified during the MAPP process. The community-owned CHIP outlines actions to be taken by our local public health system to improve the health of Livingston County identified by the team:

1. Substance Abuse
2. Health Education / Promotion 3. Mental Health
4. Healthcare Integration
5. Communication
6. Dental Health
7. Chronic Disease
8. Transportation
9. Affordable Housing
10. Sexually Transmitted Diseases

For more information about this process, please view the full list of reports under MAPP Team Publications at https://www.livgov.com/health/Pages/publications.aspx.

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