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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 March 5, 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:

  • Consumer participation in health care governance: involve consumers in health care governance via roles on governing boards, advisory committees, or shorter-term projects.
  • Health career recruitment for minority students: recruit and train underrepresented minority (URM) students for careers in health fields via information about health careers, classes, practicum experiences, advising about college or medical school admissions, etc.
  • Living wage laws: establish locally mandated wages that are higher than state or federal minimum wage levels.
  • Minimum wage increases: increase the lowest hourly, daily, or monthly compensation that employers may legally pay to workers.
  • Scrap programs for old vehicles: provide incentives to trade in old cars or light duty trucks with low fuel efficiency and high emissions and buy new vehicles with higher efficiency and lower emissions; also called scrappage or vehicle early retirement programs.
  • Social service integration: coordinate access to services across delivery systems and disciplinary boundaries (e.g., housing, disability, physical health, mental health, child welfare, workforce services, etc.)
  • Trauma-informed approaches to community building: support and strengthen traumatized and distressed residents and communities and address effects of community trauma (e.g., poverty, violence, structural racism, etc.) via a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder, and multilevel approach.
  • Vehicle inspection & maintenance programs: require scheduled testing of vehicles’ tailpipe and evaporative emissions; federally mandated in areas with particularly poor air quality.

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

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