Will County Residents Encouraged To “Rethink Your Drink”

Will County Residents Encouraged To “Rethink Your Drink”

Campaign Designed To Reduce Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Consumption

JOLIET – The Will County Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Collaborative is proud to announce the launch of “Rethink Your Drink”, an educational campaign to encourage residents to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks. The campaign is sponsored by the MAPP Chronic Care Action team and the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the number one source of added sugar in the American diet. One can of soda contains more than the recommended daily sugar intake for an adult.

Will County Still Among State’s Healthiest Counties

Match Study Affirms Positive County Health Outcomes, Identifies Problem Areas

JOLIET – An important grant-funded study released early Wednesday, March 16, ranks Will County among Illinois’ healthiest counties.

2015 Will County MAPP Fall Forum

2015 Will County MAPP Fall Forum

Annual MAPP Meeting

Will County Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Collaborative is hosting the annual meeting on October 8th. The Fall Forum is an opportunity for new and existing partners to come together and learn about issues concerning Will County. 


Recognize Will County’s Healthiest Worksites Community Initiative Aims To Reduce Chronic Illness, Promote Worksite Health

A worksite wellness initiative, spearheaded by more than 60 local organizations, looks to recognize Will County workplaces committed to improving employee health and well-being.

The MAPP Process

The MAPP Process

MAPP in Will County

In March 2013, the Will County MAPP Collaborative began preparation for the second round of MAPP, launching the Community Health Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan (CHNA) process.  This is required every three years for non-profit hospitals and every five years for local health departments.

The first round was completed on November 8, 2010,when the MAPP Steering Committee approved and adopted the MAPP Report and Community Health Plan. The Will County Board of Health approved and adopted the Community Health Plan (IPLAN) on January 19, 2011.

Launched in 2001 by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO), MAPP provides a phased process for broad based community planning in public health policy.

The 6 phases into which the MAPP process is divided are as follows: Organizing for Success, Visioning, Assessments, Strategic Issues, Goals & Strategies, and the Action Cycle. Among the benefits expected from adopting the MAPP planning process are:

  • Create a healthier community and a better quality of life.
  • Increase the visibility of public health within the community. 
  • Anticipate and manage change in the demand for and supply of health related services.
  • Create a stronger public health infrastructure. 
  • Engage the community and create community ownership for public health issues.


Developing a Shared Vision and Common Values

A vision is a compelling and inspiring image of a desired and possible future that a community seeks to achieve.  Through the visioning process, the community develops a shared vision and common values. A vision provides a picture of the long-range results of the planning process and what will be accomplished when the strategies developed are implemented. It illustrates what community health will look like when a successful public health system is in place. 

Identification of Strategic Issues

Important Issues Facing the Community

Strategic issues are "those fundamental policy choices of critical challenges that must be addressed in order for a community to achieve its vision."  During this fourth phase of the MAPP process participants develop a list of the most important issues facing the community. Strategic issues reveal what is truly important from the vast amount of information that was gathered in the four MAPP Assessments. When addressing "strategic" issues, a community is being proactive in positioning itself for the future, rather than simply reacting to problems.


Foundations of the MAPP Process

Assessments form the foundation of the MAPP process. Collectively, the four MAPP assessments provide critical insights into the gaps between the current state of public health and a community’s vision as stated in the Visioning phase. The assessments identify the issues that must be addressed to achieve the vision and provide fundamental data from which strategies to improve the health of the community may be formulated.

The Community Themes Assessment

Involving the Community in the Process

The information gathered during this phase will feed into the Identify Strategic Issues Phase of the MAPP process along with the other three assessments. By including Community Themes and Strengths in the MAPP process, two benefits are gained. First, community members become more vested in the process when they have a sense of ownership and responsibility for the outcomes.
Local Public Health System Assessment

Local Public Health System Assessment

Focus on Entities that Support Public Health

LPHSA is completed using the National Public Health Performance Program (NPHPSP). The NPHPSP instrument measures how well public health system partners collaborate to provide public health services based on a nationally recognized set of performance standards. 
Health Department Divisions


WEWILL WorkHealthy Worksite Wellness Recognition Program

WEWILL WorkHealthy Worksite Wellness Recognition Program

Creating a Culture of Wellness

The WEWILL WorkHealthy Worksite Wellness Recognition (WEWILL WorkHealthy Award) Program is an initiative of the Will County MAPP Collaborative Chronic Care Action Team to recognize worksites throughout Will County that are engaging in worksite wellness best practices. This program was developed to support the long-term goal of the Chronic Care Action Team to decrease obesity among Will County residents and was first implemented in 2013. The members of the Chronic Care Action Team include representatives from various organizations in Will County dedicated to improving chronic care issues.

The WEWILL WorkHealthy Award application is intended to be comprehensive. The intent is to represent a wide range of Will County worksites that are committed to improving employee health and well-being.

MAPP 8th Fall Forum Announces WeWillWorkHealthyAwards

MAPP 8th Fall Forum Announces WeWillWorkHealthyAwards

Winners Announced at Friday Banquet

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Winners Announced.

Crisis Line Unveils Web Directory


Members of the Crisis Line of Will and Grundy County Board of Directors come out to share in the unveiling of the new Website for Crisis Line.  An online resource for information and referral is now available to the community at http://willfinduhelp.org/


New Website Finds You Help

New Website Finds You Help

Crisis Line and MAPP Team delivers WillFindUHelp.org

Have you asked yourself: “Where can I find help in this town?” If you have, then ask no more! Will County has a new website to help residents stay informed about services available to help those in need.

Will County Community Collaboration Directory

The Systems, Collaborations and Linkages (Systems) action team of the Will County MAPP Collaborative is proud to present the Will County Community Collaboration Directory.  The directory is a compilation of identified community collaborations working throughout Will County.