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

Read our reports for deeper looks into what's working for specific topics and areas of the country.

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.

Require employers in an affected jurisdiction to provide paid time off for employees to use when ill or injured

Assign homework or extra credit activities for physical education (PE) or health classes that require students to be physically active outside of school

Offer group educational, social, creative, musical, or physical activities that promote social interactions, regular attendance, and community involvement among older adults

Provide free and confidential counseling and service referrals via telephone-based conversation, web-based chat, or text message to individuals in crisis, particularly those with severe...

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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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