How Healthy is Virginia Beach?

Friday, November 01, 2013

Virginia Beach residents who took part in a recent survey agree: Our city is healthy, but the healthcare system could be better coordinated.


That’s one result of the city’s Community Health Status Needs Assessment, which is based on the strategic planning process Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships.  MAPP is a community-driven framework that helps communities prioritize public health issues and identify resources to improve the performance of local public health systems.


The Virginia Beach MAPP process began in spring 2012 and included a community survey, data analysis and compilation, a local public health system assessment by community partners, and identification of community health factors and trends that could impact health in Virginia Beach.


Among other things, the study found a need for an increase in linkages to information and resources that promote healthy lifestyles and a need to increase access to existing healthcare services in the community.


Next, the Virginia Beach MAPP Leadership Committee will review the results of the assessments and develop an action plan to address issues identified in the assessments.


Facilitated by the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health, the MAPP leadership committee oversees the Virginia Beach MAPP process and includes partners throughout the community, including city agencies, civic organizations, the healthcare sector, education institutions, the nonprofit sector and the private sector.


For more information on the Virginia Beach MAPP process and to review all of the assessment reports, please visit . 


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