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|Health Department Changes Evaluation Systems
|The method by which the Knox County Health Department evaluates itself and determined what services it is or isn't providing to the community is changing, officials say, for the better.
Community Health Improvement Director Michele Fishburn told the Knox County Board of Health Thursday night the department is implementing a model for its required Community Health Improvement Plan called "MAPP" -- or, Mobilization for Action through Planning and Partnerships" -- versus the Healthy Communities model that has been used in past years.
Fishburn says in addition to MAPP being somewhat easier but more detailed, it could help get the department more grant money for various projects once it's completed.
"We receive a lot of grant opportunities that come through the (Illinois Public Health) department for communities that are doing MAPP," Fishburn said. "We haven't been able to apply for any of those grants because we don't do MAPP, because they wanted to see that model in action specifically for that grant. There's an opportunity where we could kind of expand off on that too and we may never see another grant come across again, but historically there have been quite a few."
Fishburn also says it's more in line with state requirements than the previous Community Health Improvement Plan, and officials believe it also tends to be easier to read when it has to be in the state's hands.
Forming the plan will also require members of the community, along with representatives of the city, both of Galesburg's hospitals, and others -- and is expected to start later this year.
|03 12 10 by Newsroom
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