Updated: January 1, 2013 6:11AM
The Illinois Department of Public Health has approved a countywide health assessment and improvement plan for Lake County.
County health officials have worked the past year-and-a-half with local health system partners on the comprehensive plan called MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships).
“The MAPP vision for Lake County is achieving the highest level of health for all in Lake County,” said the Lake County Health Department Executive Director Irene Pierce. “I am excited about this plan because it brings together many organizations and groups to work together toward improving the health of our county. By working together on specific goals we can have a substantially greater impact than by working alone.”
The plan includes strategic priorities for the next four to five years for the county, including: Reduction of health disparities; an adequate and diverse public health system workforce; access to prevention and wellness; access to medical home and behavioral health; and a coordinated network of health and human services
The next stages for the plan are implementation, evaluation/assessment and ongoing planning, Pierce indicated. A steering committee is helping to facilitate a community-by-community approach, where the high level strategic priorities will be addressed on local levels with local communities throughout Lake County.
The steering committee represents many organizations and agencies throughout Lake County, including Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County, Lake County Community Foundation, Youth Build Lake County, Lake County Regional Office of Education, Lake County Forest Preserve District, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Sierra Club, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, Lake County Audubon Society, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Abbott Laboratories, Lake County United and Voices for Illinois Children.
Steering committee reports can be found on the Lake County MAPP Web page at www.lakecountyil.gov/Health/Pages/MAPP%20Project.aspx.