What Works for Health
Policies and programs that can improve health
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
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
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