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Policies & Programs, filtered by "Community Members"

Policies and programs that can improve health

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Community schools

Some Evidence

Combine academic, physical health, mental health, and social service resources in schools for students and families via partnerships with community organizations; also called community learning centers


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

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Some Evidence

Support the federal-state partnership that pays participating land owners an annual rental rate for removing environmentally sensitive land from production and introducing conservation practices on the land

Air and Water Quality

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


Early Head Start (EHS)

Scientifically Supported

Provide child care, parent education, physical health and mental health services, and other family supports to pregnant women with low incomes and children aged 0 to 3


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

Family-based physical activity interventions

Some Evidence

Increase family members’ support for physical activity, often via educational sessions on health, goal-setting, problem-solving, or family behavioral management

Diet and Exercise