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    Tarrant County kicks off efforts to map a better future

    Contact: Vanassa Joseph, Sr. Public Information Officer; 817-321-5306, cell: 817-401-5967

    vljoseph@tarrantcounty.com

     

    Tarrant County kicks off efforts to map a better future

     

    (Tarrant County, Texas) . On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Tarrant County Public Health kicks off a community-driven process to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them. The process will use a strategic approach referred to as MAPP, which stands for Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships.

    "The MAPP approach has successfully been used nationally to help communities map a better future for its residents," said Lou Brewer, Director of Tarrant County Public Health. "It's a proven system that we believe will be effective in tackling key health and resource issues in our community."

    At the kick-off, business, community and neighborhood leaders, academicians and health officials will learn how they can help use the MAPP approach in Tarrant County. A call to action will be delivered to the group by Larry Tubb, Senior Vice President of System Planning at Cook Children's Health Care System.

    Keynote speaker for the meeting will be Dr. Eduardo J. Sanchez, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and the current chair of the National Commission on Prevention Priorities.

    "Dr. Sanchez is also a former commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services and is a trained family physician," noted Brewer. "So he fully understands the importance of community engagement in efforts to improve health and quality of life issues."

    The meeting will be held from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Dr. Marion J. Brooks Building, Tarrant County Public Health, 1101 S. Main Street in Fort Worth. For more information, call 817-321-4700.