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Policies & Programs, filtered by "Community Members" and "Healthcare Professionals and Advocates"

Policies and programs that can improve health

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Case-managed care for community-dwelling frail elders

Some Evidence

Use a case management model for frail elderly patients living independently, coordinating aspects of long-term care such as status assessment, monitoring, advocacy, care planning, etc.

Quality of Care

Community supported agriculture (CSA)

Expert Opinion

Establish partnerships between farmers and consumers in which consumers purchase a share of a farm’s products in advance

Diet and Exercise

Community-based social support for physical activity

Scientifically Supported

Build, strengthen, and maintain social networks that provide supportive relationships for behavior change (e.g., setting up a buddy system or a walking group)

Diet and Exercise

Consumer-directed health plans

Mixed Evidence

Establish high deductible health plans, often paired with pre-tax medical expense accounts such as Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) or Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

Quality of Care

Culturally adapted health care

Scientifically Supported

Tailor health care to patients’ norms, beliefs, and values, as well as their language and literacy skills

Quality of Care

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


Exercise prescriptions

Scientifically Supported

Provide patients with prescriptions for exercise plans, often accompanied by progress checks at office visits, counseling, activity logs, and exercise testing

Diet and Exercise

Fruit & vegetable taste testing

Some Evidence

Offer samples of fresh fruits and vegetables in cafeterias, nutrition classes, school gardens, or workplace well-being meetings, often as part of a multi-faceted nutrition intervention

Diet and Exercise

Healthy Families America (HFA)

Some Evidence

Provide home visiting services to families who are at risk for adverse childhood experiences, starting prenatally or right after birth and continuing for three to five years

Family and Social Support

Individually-adapted physical activity programs

Scientifically Supported

Teach behavioral skills that can help individuals incorporate physical activity into their daily routines

Diet and Exercise