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Explore guides and tools for improving health.

What Works for Health

Explore programs and policies that work!

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Key findings from the last four years of County Health Rankings and other national reports.

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Project updates, commentaries, events and news about health across the nation from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team.

What Works for Health

Policies and programs that can improve health

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


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


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

Bicycle paths, lanes & tracks

Some Evidence

Accommodate or provide dedicated space for bicyclists via bicycle paths, lanes, cycle tracks or protected bike lanes, etc.

Community Safety