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Explore programs and policies that work!

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What Works for Health

Policies and programs that can improve health

Active recess

Scientifically Supported

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

Diet and Exercise

Activity programs for older adults

Scientifically Supported

Offer group educational, social, or physical activities that promote social interactions, regular attendance, and community involvement among older adults

Diet and Exercise  ·  Family and Social Support

Administrative license suspension/revocation laws

Scientifically Supported

Enable law enforcement officials to take an individual’s drivers license when that individual refuses or fails a chemical test such as a breathalyzer

Alcohol and Drug Use

Adult vocational training

Scientifically Supported

Support acquisition of job-specific skills through education, certification programs, or on-the-job training, often with personal development resources and other supports

Employment

Advocacy for victims of intimate partner violence

Insufficient Evidence

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.)

Community Safety

Affordable housing tax increment financing (TIF)

Expert Opinion

Create designated tax districts that generate revenue to invest in affordable housing initiatives, blight remediation, and economic development efforts

Housing and Transit

Alcohol access restrictions in public places

Expert Opinion

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

Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol advertising restrictions

Some Evidence

Restrict the content and placement of alcohol advertisements via local ordinances, state laws, or industry self-regulation

Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol brief interventions

Scientifically Supported

Provide information and increase motivation to change or prevent problematic alcohol consumption in a short session; also called alcohol screening & brief intervention

Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol days of sale restrictions

Some Evidence

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

Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol outlet density restrictions

Scientifically Supported

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

Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol taxes

Scientifically Supported

Increase the price of alcohol via regular adjustments to taxes levied for beer, wine, and liquor purchases

Alcohol and Drug Use

Allied dental professional scope of practice

Some Evidence

Expand the role of allied dental professionals (e.g., hygienists, therapists, etc.) via changes to statute, dentist supervision requirements, etc.

Access to Care

Alternative fuels initiatives

Expert Opinion

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.

Air and Water Quality

Alternative high schools for at-risk students

Scientifically Supported

Provide educational and social services in an alternative setting for students at-risk of dropping out of traditional high schools

Education

Attendance interventions for chronically absent students

Scientifically Supported

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

Education

Basic education & work training programs for hard-to-employ adults

Expert Opinion

Provide basic skills (e.g., reading, math, writing, English language, or soft skills) and industry-specific training with other supports; often called career pathway and bridge programs or career ladders

Education  ·  Employment

Behavioral health primary care integration

Scientifically Supported

Revise health care processes and provider roles to integrate mental health and substance abuse treatment into primary care

Quality of Care

Behavioral interventions to prevent HIV and other STIs

Scientifically Supported

Use individual, group, and community-level interventions to provide education, support, and training that can affect social norms about HIV and other STIs

Sexual Activity

Bicycle helmet laws

Scientifically Supported

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

Community Safety

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