College of Public Health students graduating
Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center

Community Engagement

The Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center (KAPHTC) organized a learning collaborative for accreditation coordinators through which training and roundtable discussions were held on topics of accreditation readiness. From this collaborative, a need for site-specific technical assistance with community health assessments and the transition to community health improvement plans arose. The KAPHTC developed a methodology based on Mobilizing Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), but augmented by asset mapping and the principles of Collective Impact, to become a support organization to local health departments providing facilitation, data organization for creation of a disease burden picture, and process management to include quality improvement tools for strategic initiative development. Since January 2012, the KAPHTC has facilitated this work in 32 counties and continues to receive requests to use this methodology which focuses on taking the local health department “from wherever they are” in the community health assessment and improvement plan process and moving them forward.  If interested in having the KAPHTC assist your agency with community planning, please go to Programs and Services, Accreditation Readiness, for more information.