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Community Health Improvement Planning

Florida Department of Health in Sumter County

MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership) 

Florida Department of Health in Sumter County 

Sumter Board Of County Commissioners

Wildwood Rotary

Department of Children and Families

Nature Coast Early Learning Coalition

Sumter County Fire Services

Sumter County School Board

Sumter County Circuit Judge

Mid Florida Homeless Coalition

Langley Health Center

Pristine Cleaning Services, LLC

Hope Center, First Baptist Church of Bushnell

Lifestream Behavioral Center

Sumter County Chamber of Commerce

Sumter County Resident(s)

Rural Metro Ambulance

In April and May of 2011 the Sumter County Health Department (SCHD) conducted a review of Sumter's local public health system using the National Public Health Performance Standards Program performance assessment instrument. This evaluation was done with the assistance of local government, the school board, the Department of Children and Families, Thomas Langley Medical Center, and others. The review identified the need for a Sumter County public health planning committee, a current public health needs assessment, and the creation of a county wide public health improvement plan. To address these concerns the SCHD chose a public health planning tool called MAPP.

MAPP: The MAPP acronym stands for Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships. MAPP is a community strategic planning tool for improving public health that was developed through a cooperative agreement between the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It helps communities prioritize public health issues, identify resources for addressing them, and take action. The MAPP process uses a series of assessments that analyze available health data, review the current level of public health services, and evaluate the concerns of the people living and working in the community, as well as considering other forces that may impact public health improvement planning. To begin the MAPP process SCHD invited partners in the community to become part of a public health planning committee.

The Sumter County Public Health Steering Committee held its first meeting in October of 2011. Committee members include representatives from SCHD, Sumter County government, the Sumter County School Board, Sumter County Fire and Rescue, The Early Learning Coalition, the Department of Children and Families, Thomas Langley Medical Center, civic organizations, business leaders, and private citizens.

Vision Statement

A partnership-centered community focused on a safe and healthy family environment where citizens have access to a public health system that meets their needs.


Trust, openness, candor, willingness to consider other viewpoints, flexibility, cooperativeness, collaborative, reliance on evidence-based knowledge, community education/understanding, willingness to try things untested, commitment to analyze what has been done, inquisitiveness, integrity.