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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 April 26, 2021, our What Works for Health analysts updated the database and you can now find new studies, implementation examples, and resources for the seven strategies below:

  • Career & technical education for high school completion: provide career and technical education (CTE) as an integrated part of an academic curriculum for students, especially those at risk of dropping out of high school; also called vocational training.
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP): support the federal-state partnership that pays participating landowners an annual rental rate for removing environmentally sensitive land from production and introducing conservation practices on the land.
  • Conservation tillage practices: encourage methods of soil cultivation that keep at least one-third of cultivated soil covered with the previous year's crop residue (e.g. mulch till, ridge till, strip till, or no-till).
  • Health insurance enrollment outreach & support: provide health insurance outreach and support to assist individuals whose employers do not offer affordable coverage, who are self-employed, or who are unemployed.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine education: inform adolescents, young adults, and parents about HPV and its consequences, as well as the benefits of vaccination, via videos, printed materials, online content, or in-person efforts.
  • Integrated pest management (IPM) for agriculture & outdoor use: support a four-tiered approach to outdoor pest control that minimizes potential hazards to people, property, and the environment.
  • Nutrient management plans: support site-specific plans for crop production that match nutrient applications to crop needs, typically with agricultural best management practices.

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

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