County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, A Healthier Nation, County by County

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The County Health Rankings model of population health

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Explore guides and tools for improving health.

What Works for Health

Explore programs and policies that work!

What can I learn from others?

Reports

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

Competitive pricing for healthy foods

Scientifically Supported

Assign higher costs to non-nutritious foods relative to nutritious foods via incentives, subsidies, or price discounts for healthy foods and beverages or disincentives or price increases for unhealthy choices

Diet and Exercise

Complete Streets & streetscape design initiatives

Scientifically Supported

Enhance streetscapes with greater sidewalk coverage and walkway connectivity, street crossing safety features, traffic calming measures, and other design elements

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Comprehensive clinic-based programs for pregnant & parenting teens

Scientifically Supported

Address the needs of teenage mothers via clinic-based programs that provide health care and family planning services as well as case management, counseling, and other supports

Sexual Activity

Comprehensive firearm background checks

Some Evidence

Require checks of a broad set of disqualifying criteria (e.g., misdemeanor convictions, domestic violence restraining orders, and juvenile convictions) prior to handgun purchase

Community Safety

Comprehensive risk reduction sexual education

Scientifically Supported

Provide information about contraception and protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in classroom or community settings

Sexual Activity

Comprehensive school reform

Some Evidence

Implement a coordinated effort to overhaul school operation, integrating curriculum, instruction, professional development, parent involvement, classroom and school management; also called school wide or whole school reform

Education

Computer-based interventions to prevent HIV and other STIs

Scientifically Supported

Provide tailored health information and computer-mediated decision making, behavior change, and emotional support via interactive programs

Sexual Activity

Computerized clinical decision support systems (CDSS)

Scientifically Supported

Provide health care providers with patient-specific prompts or warnings, treatment guidelines, automatic medication dosing calculators, or reports of overdue tests and medications via electronic tools

Quality of Care

Computerized provider order entry (CPOE)

Scientifically Supported

Allow health care providers to enter orders or prescriptions (e.g., imaging studies, laboratory tests, admissions, referrals, etc.) into a computer system; also called electronic prescribing

Quality of Care

Condom availability programs

Scientifically Supported

Provide condoms free of charge or at a reduced cost in community and school-based settings

Sexual Activity

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