TFAH Publishes Report on Community Health and Wellbeing Improvements Through Policy Changes

This week, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released a report titled, “Promoting Health and Cost Control: How States Can Improve Community Health and Well-being Through Policy Change.” The report highlights 13 policies, all outside the healthcare sector, available to states and communities to improve the health and well-being of its residents. Specifically, the report identifies policies that leverage the connection between health and learning, promote healthy living and connectedness through the built environment, foster healthy behaviors, support healthy and affordable housing, and create economic opportunities.

The report identifies a series of goals and provides detailed information on its recommended policies, including descriptions, summaries of health and economic evidence, case examples, and considerations for design and implementation activities. Additionally, the report highlights a set of complementary polices for state and community officials to consider for further action around state and national goals for health improvement.

By providing a menu of options for state and local leaders as they explore how to best use their resources to improve the health and well-being of the population, the report aims to guide officials toward the best evidence-based policies to improve health. TFAH identifies among its key recommended policies:

  • Enhancing School Nutrition Programs
  • Paid Family Leave and Earned Sick Leave
  • Complete Streets
  • Syringe Access Programs
  • Housing Rehabilitation Loan & Grant Programs
  • Rapid Re-Housing Efforts

The full TFAH report is available here.