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1 MAPP in San Antonio: Sustaining the Process and Partners Kathy Shields, CHES San Antonio Metropolitan Health District 332 W. Commerce San Antonio, Texas

2 The History of MAPP in San Antonio

3 The Vision, and the Strategic Issues : A safe, healthy, and educated community in which all individuals can achieve their optimum physical, cultural, social, mental, and spiritual health – today, tomorrow, and en el futuro. How do we track change? How do we affect public policy? How do we promote a sense of community? How do we assure access to care? How do we encourage healthy lifestyles? How do we provide a safe environment? MAPP in San Antonio, Texas

4 The Partners: Alliance for Community Health Planning Team of 180 Community Leaders Representing: public health social service health care non-profits higher education school districts military local business, and others MAPP in San Antonio, Texas

5 Sustaining the Process and the Partners MAPP in San Antonio, Texas

6 Lesson Learned 1: Capacity…Do you have enough? Dedicated Staff per process Adequate buy-in from the existing local public health system (as defined by the CDC) Strong organizational support Monetary and Programmatic Resources Limit the number of strategic issues to your capacity MAPP in San Antonio, Texas

7 Lessons Learned 2: Define Steps for Moving Forward: Need a strong facilitator Define assets needed for accomplishing goal(s) Look for majority rule, not consensus Set regular meeting schedules and meeting procedures Set short-term and long-term goals with supporting, time-bound, and measurable objectives that act as action steps MAPP in San Antonio, Texas

8 Lesson Learned 3: Get Decision- Makers to the Table: Solicit and recruit the the decision-makers of the organization you are interested in bringing to the table Ensure that they can affect monetary resources, infrastructure, and/or programmatic planning for their organization Be ready for the time commitment involved in recruiting these individuals, such as: Researching their organizational histories and organizational charts Meeting with the Decision-Makers face-to-face in order to gain their investment in your project Providing them with reinvestment activities over time MAPP in San Antonio, Texas

9 Lessons Learned 4: Bring Resources to the Table through Collaboration : Seek out other strong community-based organizations and/or public health alliances in your community (both for-profit and non-profit) Dont overlook military programs in your community Be willing to EXPLORE ways to collaborate and merge your work with theirs MAPP in San Antonio, Texas

10 Lessons Learned 5: Unrestricted Resources Make it Easier : Unrestricted resources are direct funding streams that are free of the federal regulations Generally these are considered federal gifts, foundation gifts, or private donations / endowments These funds allow for marketing events that include entertainment, food, and marketing materials on an unlimited basis within the project budget Essential for maintaining LONG-TERM, LOW-TURN OVER, INVESTED committees/coalitions If you cant secure unrestricted resources, get donations MAPP in San Antonio, Texas

11 Lessons Learned 6: Create an Identity for your Sub-Committees and Market Them: Develop and easily recognizable logo that symbolizes their long-term goal. If possible,supply sub-committee members with logo-marked materials: business cards, shirts, caps, folders, letterhead, etc. Result: Investment by sub-committee members, local government, and funding bodies. MAPP in San Antonio, Texas

12 Lessons Learned 7: Take it Slow….Absolutely Dont Rush: Set a timeline, but make it flexible Dont move forward until its time Dont be afraid to change direction Celebrate steps achieved If you rush, you risk not only the integrity of the process, but also a sustainable impact on your community MAPP in San Antonio, Texas


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