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New and Updated Strategies from What Works for Health

Our What Works for Health database has over 400 evidence-informed policies and programs to make a difference in your community. On February 25, 2021, our What Works for Health analysts updated the database and you can now find new studies, implementation examples, and resources for the eight strategies below:

  • Competitive pricing for healthy foods: assign higher costs to non-nutritious foods than nutritious foods via incentives, subsidies, or price discounts for healthy foods and beverages or disincentives or price increases for unhealthy choices.
  • Home water temperature safety education: educate families about safe tap water temperatures during prenatal or well-baby visits at clinic or home visits; often with home safety checks or provision of home water temperature safety equipment.
  • Housing trust funds: support funds that help create or maintain low income housing, subsidize rental housing, and assist low income homebuyers and non-profit housing developers.
  • Mass media campaigns against alcohol-impaired driving: use mass media campaigns to persuade individuals to avoid drinking and driving or to prevent others from doing so; campaigns often focus on the negative consequences of alcohol-impaired driving.
  • Mass media campaigns against underage drinking: use television, radio, print, and social media efforts to increase awareness of underage drinking and its consequences.
  • Multi-component groundwater management programs: protect underground water resources via regular groundwater monitoring, education about risks to groundwater, water quotas and taxes, and other efforts.
  • School nutrition standards: regulate the quality of food that can be sold to students via the National School Lunch Program, à la carte options, vending machines, etc.
  • Strong graduated driver licensing laws: strengthen laws that allow young drivers to gain driving experience in stages; often includes passenger and nighttime driving limitations and higher minimum ages for leaner's permits, intermediate, and full licenses.

Make sure to check out these policies and programs that work!

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