• Learn how to mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences at 6 tonight at KBC
MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula – the local collaborative for community health improvement – is conducting its second Community Health Needs Assessment from November 2012 – March 2013.
The first part of the assessment includes a “Community Perceptions” survey that gives community members the opportunity to highlight the community’s strengths and needs. The results from this survey will help determine what is most important for the community to address and to help prioritize where to focus collaborative efforts for the next few years.
Additional parts of the Health Assessment include key informant interviews, quantitative health data, and determining what “Forces of Change” are presently influencing our community perceptions and actions. The survey will debut at the Rotary Health Fair this Saturday, and will be available at multiple locations around town. It can also be filled out online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/community_input.
The first Community Health Needs Assessment was completed in 2009, followed by the completion of a Community Health Improvement Plan and formation of three workgroups in 2010. Focus areas of these workgroups include ‘Addressing Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence’, ‘Increasing Healthy Food Choices’, and ‘Connecting Community Resources’. Some successes from the past couple years include:
• The creation of an online community resource guide (pop411.org)
• A published and distributed emergency services booklet for local providers
• The collection of local student Body Mass Index (BMI) data that is now being collected district-wide. This data helps to identify our current youth obesity prevalence rates (which helps to better understand and address obesity in youth)
• The community was awarded a People’s Garden Grant that has resulted in the creation of 22 new gardens within the Southern Kenai Peninsula
• The community was selected to participate in a state prevention program that is increasing our community’s capacity to support lasting reduction of alcohol abuse in our community (Homer Prevention Project)
• Implementation of a student risk and protective factors survey to help us understand youth concerns
Using a broad definition of health that includes cultural, economic, educational, environmental, mental, physical, and spiritual health, the goal of MAPP is to bring community partners together to collectively and strategically address community health improvement goals. The framework of MAPP, Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships, was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of City and County Health Officials.
For more information about MAPP, please contact Megan Murphy, MAPP coordinator, at 235-0570 or email@example.com. You can also visit the MAPP website at www.mappofskp.net.
Letting go of childhood angst
Head over to the Kachemak Bay Campus at 6 p.m. tonight to learn about “Adverse Childhood Experiences: What We Know Can Change the Future.”
It is an important time in our community to move forward in focusing on community health, and adverse childhood experiences often lie at the core of many of our social issues.
ACEs increase the risk of depression, substance abuse, obesity, heart disease and many leading causes of death. Understanding the impact of ACEs on our health can help to recognize and address unhealthy coping behaviors and interrupt the transmission of ACEs to the next generation. For more information, call 235-0570.
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