The Community Health Improvement Application (IMAPP)

 

The Center for Public Health Quality, working with the Association of Schools of Public Health, Prevention Partners, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Center for Healthy NC, developed a user-friendly, web-based resource to help local health departments and community organizations select and implement evidence-based interventions (EBIs) to improve priority population health conditions called the Community Health Improvement Application (IMAPP). Currently, existing EBI resources fall short of meeting the needs of practitioners due to their focus on assessing the evidence versus providing resources for selection and implementation – this initiative aims to close that gap. 

Phase I of the IMAPP (August 2012 – June 2013) involved building the site, populating it with content, and refining the format and presentation of information. These objectives were accomplished by working with four local NC health departments and their community partners to pilot test the site and provide feedback on its structure and content. In addition, the IMAPP team worked with EBI experts to identify and populate the site with ten evidence-based interventions that addressed physical activity and nutrition or tobacco use. Interventions were selected based on their potential for improving population health and their ability to contribute to significant cost-benefits/savings.

Phase II (September 2013 - September 2014) involved ten community partnerships across North Carolina implementing an intervention from the IMAPP database to help achieve their Healthy NC 2020 objectives related to tobacco use and physical activity and nutrition. Throughout the selection and implementation process, pilot sites identified gaps and provided feedback on how to improve the IMAPP’s user-friendliness. In addition, the IMAPP team began populating the database with interventions focused on chronic disease, unintended pregnancy/STIs, and substance abuse.

Phase III (September 2014-Present) is currently underway.  The IMAPP team is working to populate the tool with all priority Healthy NC 2020 Focus Areas and continue to develop and organize EBI resources. In addition, the IMAPP will be released to NC using a phased rollout approach. The phased rollout will be used to not only continue to collect feedback, but to also estimate the volume and number of requests for technical assistance the site will experience when it becomes available statewide.

 

Programs supported by:

BlueCross BlueShield of NC FoundatoinThe Duke Endowment

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