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Policies & Programs, filtered by "Community Members" and "Philanthropy and Investors"

Policies and programs that can improve health

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Children's savings accounts

Expert Opinion

Establish dedicated children’s savings account (CSAs) to build assets over time with contributions from family, friends, and sometimes, supporting organizations; also called children’s development accounts (CDAs)

Income  ·  Education

Community gardens

Some Evidence

Establish and support land that is gardened or cultivated by community members via community land trusts, gardening education, zoning regulation changes, or service provision (e.g., water or waste disposal)

Diet and Exercise

Dropout prevention programs for teen mothers

Scientifically Supported

Provide teen mothers with services such as remedial education, vocational training, case management, health care, child care, and transportation assistance to support high school completion


Farmers' markets/stands

Some Evidence

Support multiple or single vendor markets where producers sell goods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy items, and prepared foods directly to consumers

Diet and Exercise

Financial education for adults

Insufficient Evidence

Provide one-on-one or group adult education programs that cover topics such as basic budgeting, bank use, credit management, bankruptcy, credit building and counseling, homeownership, retirement, divorce, etc.


Intergenerational communities

Expert Opinion

Create communities that promote interaction and cooperation between individuals of different ages and focus on the needs of all residents, especially children and older adults

Family and Social Support

Mass media campaigns against alcohol-impaired driving

Scientifically Supported

Use mass media campaigns to persuade individuals to avoid drinking and driving or to prevent others from doing so; campaigns often focus on fear of arrest or injury to self, others, or property

Alcohol and Drug Use

Mass media campaigns against underage & binge drinking

Expert Opinion

Use television, radio, print, and social media efforts to increase adult awareness of underage drinking and its consequences

Alcohol and Drug Use

Multi-component community interventions against alcohol-impaired driving

Scientifically Supported

Work to reduce alcohol-impaired driving via sobriety checkpoints, responsible beverage service training, education and awareness activities, and other efforts

Alcohol and Drug Use

Open Streets

Expert Opinion

Allow community members to gather, socialize, walk, run, bike, skate, etc. by closing selected streets temporarily to motorized traffic; also called Ciclovía programs

Diet and Exercise  ·  Family and Social Support