Establish locally or state mandated wages that are higher than federal minimum wage levels
What Works for Health
Policies and programs that can improve health
Increase access to LARCs through cost reduction, comprehensive birth control counseling, provider training, efforts to ensure availability at local clinics, etc.
Increase wages and benefits for personal or home care workers, nurse aides, and others who provide direct care to patients in long-term care (LTC) settings
Provide funds to help low income households meet home energy needs, especially households with members who are young or elderly, or have disabilities
Provide funding via tax credits at the state and local level to support development and rehabilitation costs of low income rental housing
Provide prenatal and interconception care, family planning and case management services, and group-based education to eligible women via Healthy Start
Use mass media campaigns to persuade individuals to avoid drinking and driving or to prevent others from doing so; campaigns often focus on fear of arrest or injury to self, others, or property
Use broad media-based efforts to educate large groups of current and potential tobacco users about the dangers of tobacco use
Use television, radio, print, and social media efforts to increase adult awareness of underage drinking and its consequences
Provide messages that support physical activity to large and broad audiences using newspapers, radio, television, and billboards
Use TV, radio, internet, and print media to disseminate information about safe sex behaviors
Support programs that provide matched dollar incentives for low or moderate income individuals to place some or all of their tax refund in a savings account
Reduce child and adolescent access to sexual content in television, movies, music, and videogames via rating systems, parental advisories, parental guidelines, etc.
Provide continuous, comprehensive, whole person primary care that uses a coordinated team of medical providers across the health care system
Allow eligible patients to use marijuana for medical purposes; often called medical marijuana laws (MMLs)
Integrate legal services into health care settings to address legal issues that affect health (e.g., housing, food, utilities); services provided by private practice lawyers, law students, etc.
Provide medications such as methadone to individuals diagnosed with opioid use disorder in outpatient, residential, and hospital settings, usually with counseling and behavioral therapies; often called MAT
Regulate mental health insurance to increase access to mental health services, including treatment for substance use disorders
Provide an 8 or 12 hour training to educate laypeople about how to assist individuals with mental health problems or at risk for problems such as depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders
Pair new nurses with more experienced nurses who act as a resource and provide support as the new nurse establishes her or himself professionally