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State Health Assessment

Vision Statement:

Michigan will be a state with safe, connected, healthy, and vibrant communities, where every person is valued. Those who live, learn, work, play, and age in Michigan will have trust in, and equitable access to, services and safe environments that support a healthy life.

blue map of MichiganIn June 2019, the MDHHS Public Health Administration launched a 15-month State Health Assessment (SHA) process designed to help determine how healthy Michigan's residents are overall, what health conditions cause the greatest challenges in the state and what factors contribute to those challenges, and what existing resources can be mobilized to address the health needs within the state. The SHA findings will form the basis of a health improvement plan for the entire public health system in Michigan to tackle priority needs.

In Michigan, as in other states, public health is impacted by more than just the actions of the state health department and the local public health departments that operate throughout the state.

The health of our residents is the responsibility of all of us. The success of the SHA depends upon participation from a wide range of residents, groups and constituencies, including public health agencies, hospitals, businesses, and faith- and community-based organizations.

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) will be the framework guiding the state health assessment. MAPP is a participatory strategic planning process for improving public health. This framework will help them prioritize Michigan's public health issues, identify resources for addressing them, and determine the best plan of action to drive change.

What are the Benefits of Completing a State Health Assessment?

Engaging in the SHA process provides the following benefits:

  • Increased visibility of public health within the state;
  • Development of advocates for public health;
  • Creating a healthy state and better quality of life;
  • Proactively acting to improve health;
  • Stronger public health infrastructure;
  • Development of stronger partnerships; and
  • Strengthening of public health leadership as system partners take ownership of the role they play in the state's public health system.

How Will the Assessment Help Improve Public Health?

Once priority health needs and their root causes are identified, a plan to address those needs will be developed. With the full public health system moving in the same direction, efforts will be maximized to impact Michigan's greatest health challenges.

Why Are We Doing a State Health Assessment Now?

This is the first time MAPP will be used for Michigan's SHA process. It is time to engage in this work to ensure current health needs of the population are addressed. In addition, the MDHHS Public Health Administration is preparing to achieve national public health accreditation for the state through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), and an SHA is a major part of the preparation.

PHAB accreditation is a process designed to "improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and transforming the quality and performance of governmental public health agencies in the U.S. and abroad." PHAB

A major focus of PHAB is involvement of the whole public health system in improving population health through thoughtful partnership, collaborative planning, and development of a shared vision and direction for improving the health of the population served. MDHHS is committed to joining this movement toward advancing and transforming public health.

Why Should I be Involved in the Assessment?

A strengthened public health system and improved health outcomes benefits us all. When the public health system is aligned and working collaboratively toward common goals, partners benefit by building on existing resources and data-driven strategies for meeting Michigan's greatest health needs.

What's Next, and How Can I Help?

There are many ways to be involved in the assessment process, including participating on the SHA Steering Committee, contributing your voice to assessment activities, and sharing what you know to ensure a well-rounded view of health in the state.

Interested in helping? Read more about the 4 MAPP Assessments involved in Michigan's SHA process. Then, visit our SHA registration page to join us in creating a healthy environment for all Michigan residents.

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