Mapping a Healthier Community

Mar. 6, 2011

A healthy community is critical to its sustainability. So how do Southern Nevadans perceive their own health and quality of life? Associate Professor Nancy Menzel received a Fellowship Research Award from UNLV’s Lincy Institute to find out.

The Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a strategic framework for improving community health. Menzel is partnering with the Southern Nevada Health District to gather information on how Southern Nevada residents perceive their health and quality of life, while tracking their knowledge of community assets. The results will identify issues to guide planning, implementation and evaluation of additional assessments and a strategic plan to improve public health, while at the same time providing data for external grant applications.

The fellowship program supports projects linked to the Lincy Institute’s research interests in the areas of health, education and social services.