What Works for Health
Policies and programs that can improve health
Establish a break from the school day, typically before lunch, that involves planned, inclusive, actively supervised games or activities; also called semi-structured, or structured recess
Offer group educational, social, or physical activities that promote social interactions, regular attendance, and community involvement among older adults
Enable law enforcement officials to take an individual’s drivers license when that individual refuses or fails a chemical test such as a breathalyzer
Support acquisition of job-specific skills through education, certification programs, or on-the-job training, often with personal development resources and other supports
Work to empower victims of intimate partner violence, help them with safety plans, and link them with community services (e.g., legal, housing, financial advice, emergency shelter, etc.)
Create designated tax districts that generate revenue to invest in affordable housing initiatives, blight remediation, and economic development efforts
Restrict alcohol availability and use at sporting events, other public events (e.g., concerts and street fairs) and in public spaces such as parks and beaches
Restrict the content and placement of alcohol advertisements via local ordinances, state laws, or industry self-regulation
Provide information and increase motivation to change or prevent problematic alcohol consumption in a short session; also called alcohol screening & brief intervention
Limit the days alcohol can be sold in on-premise settings such as bars and restaurants or in off-premise outlets such as liquor and convenience stores; sometimes with limits to times of sale
Use regulatory authority to reduce density of alcohol beverage outlets (i.e., places that sell alcohol) or limit increases in the density of such outlets
Increase the price of alcohol via regular adjustments to taxes levied for beer, wine, and liquor purchases
Expand the role of allied dental professionals (e.g., hygienists, therapists, etc.) via changes to statute, dentist supervision requirements, etc.
Support alternative fuel and vehicle use via financial incentives (e.g., tax benefits, rebates, etc.), mandates (e.g., consumption targets or renewable fuel standards), research and development investments, etc.
Provide educational and social services in an alternative setting for students at-risk of dropping out of traditional high schools
Support interventions that provide chronically absent students with resources to improve self-esteem, social skills, etc. and address familial and school-related factors that can contribute to poor attendance
Revise health care processes and provider roles to integrate mental health and substance abuse treatment into primary care
Use individual, group, and community-level interventions to provide education, support, and training that can affect social norms about HIV and other STIs
Establish laws that require bicyclists to wear helmets; laws can apply to children or all bicyclists and can be established at the state or local level
Accommodate or provide dedicated space for bicyclists via bicycle paths, lanes, cycle tracks or protected bike lanes, etc.