Establish roads that avoid built-up areas such as towns, cities, or commercial/business districts
Policies & Programs
Policies and programs that can improve health
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Require employers in an affected jurisdiction to provide paid time off for employees to use when ill or injured
Support home visits that teach parents about early childhood development and effective parenting strategies, with child development screenings, parental meetings, and links to community resources
Adopt regulations that address the safety of playground environment, equipment, and materials, as well as adult supervision
Support quality improvement efforts in early child care and preschool via financial incentives, standards, processes to monitor standards and ensure compliance, etc.
Use databases, housed in state agencies, to track prescribing and dispensing of Schedule II, III, IV, and V drugs and other controlled substances
Make pricing for hospital procedures and other health care services publicly available, often via websites, online databases, report cards, or similar tools
Create a school culture of high behavioral and academic expectations, with intense tutoring, increased teacher performance feedback, lengthened instruction time, and health care services
Make clinician, clinic, hospital, long-term care facility and insurance plan performance on health care quality measures publicly available via report cards, reporting websites, or similar tools
Prevent radon from entering occupied buildings and reduce existing indoor air radon levels via soil depressurization, home or room pressurization, heat recovery ventilation, etc.
Use ready-made or home constructed barrel systems to collect and store rainwater from rooftops that would otherwise flow to storm drains and streams
Transition families and individuals experiencing homelessness into permanent housing quickly, often with supports such as short-term financial assistance, case management, landlord negotiations, etc.
Educate owners, managers, servers, and sellers at alcohol establishments about strategies to avoid illegally selling alcohol to underage youth or intoxicated patrons
Provide nutrition information on menus and signboards at restaurants and other food outlets
Limit access to competitive foods and beverages in schools via restrictions on foods that are not provided through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.
Provide youth with teen dating violence education that addresses healthy relationships, gender norms, relationship coercion, and violence in a school setting
Address nutrition in schools via educational (e.g., classroom or curricula-wide efforts, peer training, etc.), environmental (e.g., school menus, classroom snacks, etc.), and other approaches
Help students process trauma exposure and develop coping skills through individual or small group counseling with mental health professionals or school staff with trauma-specific training
Provide industry-focused education and job training based on the needs of regional employers within specific sectors
Provide permanent, basic rental housing with social services available onsite or by referral, usually for low income families, seniors, veterans, or people with disabilities
Create contracts that support community access to existing facilities (e.g., schools, churches, etc.) before or after business hours; also called joint use, open use, or community use agreements
Reduce the number of students in elementary school classrooms
Provide comprehensive early childhood services, including high quality educational child care, health, and family support to address local needs
Implement private sector rules or public sector regulations that prohibit smoking outdoors or restrict it to designated areas
Support individual and group use of internet-based tools to receive news, communicate or share information, collaborate on ideas, mobilize networks, and make collective decisions
Increase the price of sugar sweetened beverages (e.g., soda) by adding an excise or sales tax to the current price
Provide short-term employment opportunities for youth, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds
Support school-, community-, and clinic-based teen pregnancy prevention programs such as comprehensive sex education, HIV/STI prevention and youth development efforts, service learning, etc.
Provide mental health care services (e.g., psychotherapy or counseling) via telephone or videoconference
Limit promotion, placement, flavoring, or pricing of tobacco products via regulation
Adopt a multi-tiered approach within schools to address the needs of trauma-exposed youth, including school-wide changes, screenings, and individual intensive support
Place youth with mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges in foster families that provide a structured, nurturing, therapeutic environment; also called Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC)
Extend or raise the compensation provided to eligible, unemployed workers looking for jobs
Increase the price of snack products high in sugar and fat by adding an excise or sales tax to the current price
Require both licensed and unlicensed firearm dealers to conduct background checks of potential handgun purchasers
Use the purchasing power of employers and groups of insured individuals to create incentives and disincentives for health care providers to deliver high quality, high value care
Implement anti-idling policies and awareness campaigns to reduce engine idling for passenger vehicles, school buses, and/or equipment and truck fleets
Require scheduled testing of vehicles’ tailpipe and evaporative emissions; federally mandated in areas with particularly poor air quality
Make water readily available in various settings via regular placement of drinking fountains, water coolers, bottled water in vending machines, etc.
Provide assistance to low income families to make their homes more energy efficient and to permanently reduce their energy bills
Support Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs, which provide WIC and Senior Nutrition Program participants with coupons for fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables
Support breastfeeding via private, well-equipped lactation spaces in workplaces, along with breastfeeding breaks, flexible schedules, professional lactation support, etc.
Establish an ongoing relationship between an older youth or young adult and a younger child or adolescent, usually an elementary or middle school student; also called cross-age peer mentoring