Evanston Project for the Local Assessment of Needs (EPLAN)
The City of Evanston Health and Human Services Department, in partnership with the Evanston Health Advisory Council, has undergone a five-year strategic planning process aimed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the public health system in Evanston. The process, titled “EPLAN: Creating a Healthier Evanston,” brought together residents, public health officials, and community leaders to assess and determine interventions to improve the health of Evanston. The culminating products of the 1.5 year process were a community health assessment and community health improvement plan for the city’s public health system.
To complete this process, the department utilized the nationally-recognized model, Mobilizing for Actions through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP). The MAPP framework will assist the community in prioritizing public health issues, as well as identifying resources to address them. The framework consists of four separate assessments the department must undergo: the Community Themes & Strengths Assessment, the Forces of Change Assessment, the Community Health Status Assessment, and the Local Public Health System Assessment. After the assessments were completed, the Evanston Health Advisory Council, Evanston Health & Human Services Department, and community leaders voted on health priorities for the next 5 years.
For 2016-2021, Evanston’s health priority issues are: Mental Health, Violence, and Obesity.
Subcommittees of health department staff, public health officials, and community leaders have be formed for each health priority, and will be responsible have created three actions plans with goals for the next 5 years. Outcome and impact objectives for 2016-2021 can be found here: Mental Health, Violence, Obesity. If you have any further questions about the EPLAN process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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