What Works for Health

Evidence matters. Our What Works for Health tool will help you find policies and programs that are a good fit for your community's priorities.

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What Works for Health Reports

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What Works? Social and Economic Opportunities to Improve Health for All

When we work together to improve education, employment, income, and family and social supports—the social and economic factors that influence our communities—we can improve the health of all who live, learn, work, and play there.

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What Works for Health: Strategies to Improve Rural Health

The What Works for Health: Strategies to Improve Rural Health report outlines key steps toward building healthy communities – rural, urban, and anywhere in between – along with some specific policies and programs that can improve health.

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Featured Strategies

These strategies can help your community in its health improvement journey.

Establish clinics in retail stores that provide basic services for minor illnesses (e.g., sore throats or skin conditions) and procedures (e.g., immunizations, pregnancy testing...

Combine hunger relief efforts with nutrition information and healthy eating opportunities, often with on-site cooking demonstrations, recipe tastings, produce display stands, etc.

Support locally-based visual, media, and performing arts initiatives for children and adults; also called participatory arts programs

Support fresh food carts or vehicles that travel to neighborhoods on a set schedule to sell fresh fruits and vegetables

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Communities In Action

Communities across the country have implemented policies and programs listed in What Works for Health to tackle key health challenges. Learn more about their experiences putting these strategies into action.

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