National Prevention Strategy

All Resources By Type

Here you can find all the resources in the NPS Toolkit categorized by the action steps below.

  • Begin with Examples of State Collaboration
  • Assess State Needs and Priorities
    • Injury and Violence Free Living

    • Diagnostic Tool to Assess Injury Prevention Programs
      This assessment tool from the Center for Injury Prevention, Policy and Practice can be used as a checklist to analyze key activities for programs such as childhood injury prevention programs and assess who is responsible for those activities. Visit the Center for Injury Prevention, Policy and Practice homepage for more information.
    • Livability & Smart Growth Assessment Tools Database
      Hosted by the Safe States Alliance, this database provides centralized access to basic assessment tools and checklists that can assist users with evaluating their communities' degree of livability and provide essential information needed to create safer and healthier neighborhoods.
    • Local Injury and Violence Prevention Capacity Assessment Tool
      This tool from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is designed to assess local health department injury and violence prevention efforts, while also taking into account the role of local partners in addressing the causes of injury and violence.
    • Measuring Bullying Victimization, Perpetration, and Bystander Experiences
      This is a compendium of assessment tools from CDC to measure a range of bullying experiences: bully perpetration, bully victimization, bully-victim experiences, and bystander experiences. It can help state teams design, implement and evaluate bully prevention interventions.
    • National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)
      CDC funds 18 states to gather, share, and link state-level data on violent deaths including child abuse fatalities, homicides, suicides and others. NVDRS informs states about the magnitude and trends of violent deaths in their state to help them develop and evaluate prevention efforts.
    • State Home Visiting Programs
      This interactive map from the Pew Charitable Trust provides state information on home visitation programs and how much funding is invested. This data visualization and report can help state teams decide how to improve the efficacy and efficiency of home visiting investments.
    • Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)
      CDC’s data and statistics system, WISQARS, is an interactive database system that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of sources. State teams can use this data to quantify the public health and economic burden associated with violence-related injury.
    • Tobacco Free Living

    • Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation (CHANGE) Tool
      CDC’s assessment tool helps states and coalitions assess change strategies in communities, identify gaps and support action planning for improvement. The CHANGE tool addresses physical activity, nutrition, tobacco use, chronic disease management and leadership.
    • Smoking Among U.S. Adults with Mental Illness
      CDC’s Vital Signs report discusses the statistics for smoking among adults with mental illness, as well as recommendations for how to reduce smoking rates in this population. States can use this data to support the need for programs and policies that reduce tobacco use among people with mental illness.
    • State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System
      Hosted by CDC, this online warehouse integrates many data sources to provide comprehensive summary data to facilitate research and policy change. Current and historical state-level data include tobacco use behaviors, demographics, economics, environment, funding, health costs and legislation.
    • Tobacco Control State Highlights
      CDC's report guides states in developing and implementing high-impact strategies and assessing their performance. It provides state-specific data on numerous indicators such as prevalence of tobacco use, second hand smoke exposure, Medicaid coverage for cessation, smoke-free policies and more. It is currently available on CDC's Smoking & Tobacco Use website.
    • Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use

    • Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI) Software
      CDC’s ARDI software can assist state leadership teams with estimating the impact of alcohol-related deaths and years of potential life lost. ARDI software includes reports for all 50 states with options to view each report by gender and age groups.
    • Researched Abuse, Diversion and Addiction-Related Surveillance (RADARS) System
      The RADARS System is a prescription drug abuse, misuse and diversion surveillance system that collects timely product- and geographically-specific data. It can help state teams understand trends and aid in the development of effective interventions.
    • University of New Mexico Assessment Instruments
      The University of New Mexico Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions maintains a large library of assessment and test materials, manuals, and scoring keys pertinent to research. It is intended for researchers and clinicians. States can use these resources for data collection and assessment.
    • University of Washington Treatment Cost Analysis Tool (TCAT)
      The purpose of the TCAT is to collect, analyze, and report outpatient substance abuse treatment client volume and cost data. It can serve as a management tool to help estimate the costs of service provision, compare costs and conduct planning and forecasting. States can use this to assess community programs.
    • Healthy Eating

    • Community Commons Interactive Mapping Tool
      This is an interactive mapping, networking and learning tool. States can explore data sets (such as access to food retailers) and use them to make dynamic, multi-layer maps for your state, county, city, or neighborhood. Community Commons also has public groups that offer topic-specific resources.
    • Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation (CHANGE) Tool
      CDC’s assessment tool helps states and coalitions assess change strategies in communities, identify gaps and support action planning for improvement. The CHANGE tool addresses physical activity, nutrition, tobacco use, chronic disease management and leadership.
    • Economic Research Service Food Environment Atlas
      The USDA’s Atlas assembles statistics on three broad categories of food environment factors— food choices, health and well-being, and community characteristics. States can use the Atlas to create maps showing the variation in a single indicator across the U.S. or view county-level indicators.
    • Nutrition Resources for Health Professionals: Data & Statistics
      CDC provides nutrition-related data sets and surveillance systems including Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), school health profiles, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) and more.
    • MenuStat Nutrition Information Tool
      The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s MenuStat is a public database of 35,000 restaurant foods and beverages from 66 of the top U.S. restaurant chains. MenuStat allows users to analyze nutrition trends across restaurants, food categories, and over time. Users can search items, use a graphing function, and export data.
    • Active Living

    • Active Living Research
      This program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports and shares research on environmental and policy strategies that can promote daily physical activity for children and families across the U.S. It provides action-oriented research results that address root causes of obesity and physical inactivity.
    • Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation (CHANGE) Tool
      CDC’s assessment tool helps states and coalitions assess change strategies in communities, identify gaps and support action planning for improvement. The CHANGE tool addresses physical activity, nutrition, tobacco use, chronic disease management and leadership.
    • Fitnessgram
      Fitnessgram is a fitness assessment and reporting program for youth that includes a variety of health-related physical fitness tests. Scores from these assessments are compared to Healthy Fitness Zone® standards to determine students' overall physical fitness and suggest areas for improvement.
    • Livability & Smart Growth Assessment Tools Database
      Hosted by the Safe States Alliance, this database provides centralized access to basic assessment tools and checklists to assist partners in evaluating communities' degree of livability. It provides information needed to create safer and healthier neighborhoods that promote physical activity.
    • Physical Activity Statistics
      Physical activity data comes from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a state-based system of health surveys that collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury.
    • Walkability Checklist
      States and community members can use this checklist to evaluate if neighborhoods are friendly places to walk and identify priorities for change.
    • Workplace Health Promotion Assessment
      CDC’s website provides businesses, state agencies, and other partners with ways to support the various recommendations for worksites in the NPS. This tool describes a workplace health assessment and how to conduct one, as well as factors influencing workplace health.
    • Reproductive and Sexual Health

    • March of Dimes PeriStats
      PeriStats is an online source for perinatal statistics on topics such as preterm birth, infant mortality, tobacco use, C-section rates, and health insurance coverage. Detailed information by race, ethnicity, and maternal age is also available. It provides data by state or region, including graphs, maps and tables.
    • Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)
      PRAMS is a surveillance project of the CDC and state health departments. PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences about topics including prenatal care, alcohol and tobacco consumption, physical abuse, infant health care and others.
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases Data & Statistics
      The CDC aggregates surveillance data from the Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance annual report and National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) Atlas. It also provides data on STD Health Equity, STDs in Young People, and Indian Health Surveillance data.
    • Healthy & Safe Community Environments

    • America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
      The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics provides data for use to stimulate discussions among state teams, policymakers and the public. It features statistics about family and social environments, economic circumstances, health care, safety, behavior, education and health.
    • Environmental Protection Agency’s Report on the Environment
      This Environmental Protection Agency report presents the best available indicators on national conditions and trends in air, water, land, human health, and ecological systems. States can use this data to track changes in the environment and human health and to make better decisions to protect them.
    • Health Impact Assessment Toolkit: A Handbook to Conducting HIA
      A health impact assessment (HIA) is a method that systematically judges the potential effects of a policy, plan or project on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects. The Human Impact Partners designed this hands-on teaching guide for state teams and their partners to use to conduct HIAs.
    • Walkability Checklist
      States and community members can use this checklist to evaluate if neighborhoods are friendly places to walk and identify priorities for change.
    • PHAB Accreditation: An Opportunity to Leverage the National Prevention Strategy
      ASTHO’s report outlines how public health departments that are seeking accreditation status from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) can use the NPS to help with the PHAB accreditation process. The document includes an overview of PHAB accreditation, as well as a discussion of the commonalities between the NPS Strategic Directions and the PHAB Standards and Measures.
    • Clinical & Community Preventive Services

    • Community Health Needs Assessment Tool
      This is a web-based platform from Community Commons is designed to assist state and local health departments, hospitals, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, and others seeking to better understand the needs and assets of their communities and to collaborate to make measurable improvements in community health.
    • Coordinated Care Measures Atlas
      The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Atlas lists existing measures of care coordination and presents a framework for understanding care coordination measurement. State teams can use this to evaluate projects aimed at improving patient care activities.
    • Health Landscape: Interactive Web Atlas
      This is an interactive web atlas for healthcare providers, payers, policy makers, and community planners to use health information to promote understanding, improve outcomes, and reduce cost of health and healthcare. States can access various sources of health, socio-economic and environmental information.
    • National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports
      These reports from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care. States can use measure-specific benchmarks to assess national performance and establish performance improvement goals.
    • State Level Multiple Chronic Condition Reports
      The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed aggregated data on the prevalence of chronic conditions and multiple chronic conditions as well as utilization and Medicare spending for beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions for the 50 U.S. states and Washington, DC.
    • Using Indicators for Program Planning and Evaluation
      This is a technical assistance tool designed to assist National Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (NHDSP) program grantees, state health departments, advocates, evaluators, and researchers with program and evaluation planning for heart disease and stroke prevention activities.
    • Chronic Disease Costs Calculator
      Version 2 of the Chronic Disease Cost Calculator, developed by the CDC and RTI International, is a downloadable tool to help states estimate the economic burden of chronic diseases. The calculator provides state-level estimates of medical expenditures and absenteeism costs for chronic diseases including arthritis, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, depression, and diabetes.
    • Empowered People

    • Adverse Childhood Experiences: Looking at how ACEs affect our lives & society
      The CDC provided an infographic to inform the public about ACEs and show how they affect people’s lives and society.
    • America’s Health Rankings
      The United Health Foundation annually presents report which is intended to be Call to Action for individuals and their communities to track the health of the nation. The public can learn about how their state is doing with regards to key health indicators.
    • County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
      The rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what’s making people sick or healthy. The Roadmaps show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play.
    • Community Health Needs Assessment Tool
      This is a web-based platform designed to assist state and local health departments, hospitals, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, and others seeking to better understand the needs and assets of their communities and to collaborate to make measurable improvements in community health.
    • Healthy Community Design Checklist
      CDC’s checklist can help individuals and communities assess their environments and provide information to encourage elected officials to make decisions about land use that promote health.
    • Measuring Bullying Victimization, Perpetration, and Bystander Experiences
      This is a compendium of assessment tools from CDC to measure a range of bullying experiences: bully perpetration, bully victimization, bully-victim experiences, and bystander experiences. It can help state teams design, implement and evaluate bully prevention interventions.
    • Walkability Checklist
      Community members can use this checklist to evaluate if neighborhoods are friendly places to walk and identify priorities for change.
    • Walk Score
      Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address based on surrounding amenities. The website also includes a Transit Score and Bike Score.
    • MenuStat Nutrition Information Tool
      The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s MenuStat is a public database of 35,000 restaurant foods and beverages from 66 of the top U.S. restaurant chains. MenuStat allows users to analyze nutrition trends across restaurants, food categories, and over time. Users can search items, use a graphing function, and export data.
    • Elimination of Health Disparities

    • King County Health Equity Impact Review Tool
      King County’s (WA) Equity Impact Review is a process and an instrument to identify, evaluate, and communicate the potential impact - both positive and negative - of a policy or program on equity.
    • National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports
      These reports from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care. States can use measure-specific benchmarks to assess national performance and establish performance improvement goals.
    • Organizational Self-Assessment “Race Matters”
      This is an organizational self-assessment developed by the Ann E. Casey Foundation to raise organizational awareness, focus conversations, contribute to the development of equity action plans, and track organizational change.
    • Statistics from the Office of Minority Health
      The website offers statistics on disparities for ethnic/minority groups, as well as data by health topics such as asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and mental health. States can use this data to assess minority health needs in their state and evaluate their efforts.
  • Review Evidence-Based Recommendations
    • Injury and Violence Free Living

    • Best Practices for a Safe Community
      The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers traffic safety activities called “best practices” that can be used at the community level to prevent or control motor vehicle related fatalities and injuries.
    • Community Guide - Violence Prevention
      The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is the place to find evidence-based recommendations and findings covering many health topics and types of interventions for behavior change, disease prevention and environmental change. Also see recommendations for Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention.
    • Essential Elements of Effective Workplace Programs and Policies for Improving Worker Health and Well-Being
      Developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), this guide is intended to help employers and employer-employee partnerships wishing to establish effective workplace programs that sustain and improve worker health.
    • Essentials for Childhood: Steps to Create Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships
      CDC provides strategies that states can consider to promote the types of relationships and environments that prevent child maltreatment and help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens.
    • Healthy People 2020
      Healthy People offers science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans, and provides measurable objectives and goals to help states engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge.
    • National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention
      CDC’s report seeks to provide solutions through six primary domains that can help to prevent child injury in the United States: Data and Surveillance; Research; Communication; Education and Training; Health Systems and Health Care; and Policy.
    • Preventing Falls: What Works
      This is a compendium of interventions from CDC designed for public health practitioners and community-based organizations, to help them address the problem of falls among older adults.
    • Preventing Violence: Roles for Public Health Agencies
      This Safe States Alliance report identifies specific roles for public health and partners and next steps for preventing violence at local, state, and national levels. It highlights how multi-sectoral partnerships can effectively plan, implement, and evaluate violence prevention efforts.
    • Safe States Alliance Consensus Recommendations for National and State Poisoning Surveillance
      The Injury Surveillance Workgroup (ISW7) provides a new, broader conceptual definition of poisoning, an expanded framework for categorizing poisonings, and standardized operational definitions using ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 codes to improve the available poisoning surveillance tools.
    • Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General
      This report summarizes an extensive body of research and reviews research on the effectiveness of specific strategies and programs designed to reduce and prevent youth violence.
    • Tobacco Free Living

    • Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs
      CDC’s evidence-based guide helps states plan and establish effective tobacco control programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use with a comprehensive approach that includes educational, clinical, regulatory, economic, and social strategies.
    • Community Guide
      The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is the place to find evidence-based recommendations and findings covering many health topics and types of interventions for behavior change, disease prevention and environmental change.
    • Healthy People 2020
      Healthy People offers science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans, and provides measurable objectives and goals to help states engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge.
    • Surgeon General’s Reports on Smoking and Tobacco Use
      The most recent reports are E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults (2016) and The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress (2014).
    • MPOWER Measures
      The World Health Organization (WHO) introduced the MPOWER measures to assist in country-level implementation of effective interventions to reduce the demand for tobacco. MPOWER stands for: Monitor tobacco use; Protect people; Offer help; Warn about the dangers; Enforce bans; and Raise taxes.
    • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Clinical Recommendations
      The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians ask all adults about tobacco use and provide tobacco cessation interventions for those who use tobacco products. For pregnant smokers, they recommend that clinicians provide pregnancy-tailored counseling.
    • U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence
      The U.S. Public Health Service provides new, effective clinical treatments for tobacco dependence based on published, evidence-based research. The Guidelines urge every clinician, health plan, and health care institution to ask patients two key questions: “Do you smoke?” and “Do you want to quit?”
    • Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use

    • Clinical Recommendations: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse
      The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening and behavioral counseling interventions to reduce alcohol misuse by adults, including pregnant women, in primary care settings.
    • Community Guide
      The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is the place to find evidence-based recommendations and findings covering many health topics and types of interventions for behavior change, disease prevention and environmental change. Also see recommendations for Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention.
    • Healthy People 2020
      Healthy People offers science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans, and provides measurable objectives and goals to help states engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge.
    • Vermont Guidelines for Treatment of Opioid Dependence During Pregnancy
      These guidelines were written as a collaborative effort between the Vermont Department of Health and Fletcher Allen Health Care, and were created to provide practitioners with a consolidated set of best practices for the management of opioid dependence and neonatal withdrawal.
    • Vermont Prescription Drug Abuse Recommendations
      These are recommendations from a workgroup convened by the Vermont Department of Health and the Department of Public Safety on collaboratively developing a statewide, action-oriented approach to reduce the problems that stem from prescription drug abuse.
    • Healthy Eating

    • Community Guide
      The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is the place to find evidence-based recommendations and findings covering many health topics and types of interventions for behavior change, disease prevention and environmental change.
    • Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) 2010
      The DGA provide authoritative advice about making informed food choices and being physically active to promote overall health. States can use them to ensure that foods served or sold in government-funded programs and institutions meet nutrition standards consistent with these Guidelines.
    • Healthy People 2020
      Healthy People offers science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans, and provides measurable objectives and goals to help states engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge.
    • Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
      The Surgeon General has identified 20 key actions that families, communities, employers and healthcare professionals can use to improve support for breastfeeding. States can use this to work with multiple sectors to implement breastfeeding policies and programs.
    • Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation
      Like the NPS, this document identifies opportunities for interventions to prevent obesity in multiple settings: home, child care, school, work place, health care, and community. The Surgeon General has identified key actions to promote health and fitness in all of these settings.
    • Active Living

    • Community Guide
      The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is the place to find evidence-based recommendations and findings covering many health topics and types of interventions for behavior change, disease prevention and environmental change.
    • Healthy People 2020
      Healthy People offers science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans, and provides measurable objectives and goals to help states engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge.
    • Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
      Provides science-based guidance to help Americans aged 6 and older to improve their health through appropriate physical activity. Developed with health professionals and policymakers in mind, the Guidelines can help states ensure that institutions, policies and programs meet physical activity standards consistent with these Guidelines.
    • Mental and Emotional Well-being

    • Community Guide
      The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is the place to find evidence-based recommendations and findings covering many health topics and types of interventions for behavior change, disease prevention and environmental change.
    • Healthy People 2020
      Healthy People offers science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans, and provides measurable objectives and goals to help states engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge.
    • Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
      This science-based report conveys the messages that mental health is fundamental to health and mental disorders are real health conditions. The Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General documents the existence of striking disparities for minorities in mental health services and the underlying knowledge base.
    • Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities
      This Institute of Medicine book focuses special attention on the research base and program experience with younger populations that have emerged since the previous book in 1994. It provides researchers and policy makers with suggested directions for the field of mental health and prevention of disorders.
    • Reproductive and Sexual Health

    • California Interconception Care Project
      This is a collection of recommendations to improve and promote the interconception health of women by maximizing care provided during the postpartum visit – an ideal, and often the only, visit to address a woman’s health before another pregnancy.
    • Community Guide
      The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is the place to find evidence-based recommendations and findings covering many health topics and types of interventions for behavior change, disease prevention and environmental change.
    • Healthy People 2020
      Healthy People offers science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans, and provides measurable objectives and goals to help states engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge. Also see goals for HIV; Family Planning;Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health; and Sexually Transmitted Disease.
    • Innovation Station Best Practices
      This searchable database from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) of emerging, promising and best practices features maternal and child health programs across the U.S. such as breastfeeding campaigns, nurse-family partnerships or intervention programs.
    • Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings
      CDC’s recommendations for HIV testing are intended for all health-care providers in the public and private sectors, including those working in hospitals, urgent care clinics, substance abuse treatment clinics, community clinics, correctional health-care facilities, and primary care settings.
    • Recommendations to Improve Preconception Health and Health Care
      CDC developed these recommendations based on a review of published research and the opinions of specialists. The 10 recommendations focus on changes in consumer knowledge, clinical practice, public health programs, health-care financing, and data and research activities.
    • Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior
      The Surgeon General offers science-based strategies that focus on increasing awareness, implementing and strengthening interventions, and expanding the research base. It can be used as a framework to identify the responsibilities that individuals and communities have in protecting sexual health.
    • Healthy & Safe Community Environments

    • Community Guide - Worksite Health Promotion
      The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is the place to find evidence-based recommendations and findings covering many health topics and types of interventions for behavior change, disease prevention and environmental change.
    • Chemical Exposures: State Ideas for Safeguarding Health
      ASTHO’s report summarizes the results from a state needs assessment and main discussion points from the ASTHO state forum illustrating the perspectives from state health and environmental staff on chemicals regulations.
    • Healthy People 2020 - Environmental Health
      Healthy People offers science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. It provides measurable objectives and goals to help states engage multiple sectors to improve outdoor air/surface/ground water quality, homes, communities, infrastructure and more.
    • Recommendations for Improving Health through Transportation Policy
      CDC offers recommendations for including the consideration of public health within transportation issues. State teams can use these to work across sectors to reduce injuries associated with motor vehicle crashes, improve air quality, expand public transportation, and promote active transportation.
    • Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes
      This report looks at the ways housing can affect health and outlines the next steps of a society-wide approach (individuals, organizations, health care providers and government) to create healthy homes.
    • Clinical & Community Preventive Services

    • Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommendations
      This CDC committee provides comprehensive recommendations for the general population, health-care personnel and emergency situations, as well as vaccine-specific recommendations. States can use these strategies to ensure that vaccination coverage in the population remains high.
    • Cochrane Library
      The Cochrane Collaboration is an international network that prepares systematic reviews to help healthcare providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates and caregivers make well-informed decisions about health care. The Library contains over 5,000 published reviews.
    • Collaborating with Community Health Centers for Preparedness
      This report from the Task Force on Health Agency-Community Health Center Coordination in Preparedness provides recommendations for and examples of strengthening response efforts through effective collaboration among partners.
    • Community Guide – Health Communication
      The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is the place to find evidence-based recommendations and findings covering many health topics and types of interventions for behavior change, disease prevention and environmental change. Other relevant topics include Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, and Vaccination.
    • Healthy People 2020 - Access to Health Services
      Healthy People offers science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans, and provides measurable objectives and goals to help states engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge.
    • Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Strategic Framework
      Developed by a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) work group, the Framework serves as a national-level roadmap to improve the health of individuals with multiple chronic conditions. State teams can use it to align programs, activities and initiatives with the national goals and objectives.
    • National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care
      This HHS report to Congress describes the initial National Quality Strategy and implementation plan to increase access to high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. It can guide states in their efforts to improve outcomes of care and the overall health of state residents.
    • U.S. National Vaccine Plan
      The National Vaccine Plan developed by HHS includes national strategies for advancing vaccine research and development, financing, supply, distribution, safety, global cooperation, and informed decision-making among consumers and health care providers. States can use it as a guide to ensure high vaccination coverage in the population.
    • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations
      The Task Force was convened to evaluate clinical research in order to assess the merits of preventive measures such as screening, counseling and immunizations. Access all their recommendations organized alphabetically by topic in the A-Z Topic Guide.
    • Empowered People

    • Campbell Library
      The Campbell Collaboration is an international network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions in education, crime and justice, and social welfare to help people make well-informed decisions. The systematic reviews are published online in The Campbell Library.
    • Cochrane Library
      The Cochrane Collaboration is an international network that prepares systematic reviews to help healthcare providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates and caregivers make well-informed decisions about health care. The Library contains over 5,000 published reviews.
    • Consumer Information from the Quick Guide to Healthy Living
      This is a government website where consumers can find information and tools to help them stay healthy and make well-informed decisions.
    • Essentials for Childhood: Steps to Create Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships
      CDC provides strategies that states can consider to promote the types of relationships and environments that prevent child maltreatment and help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens.
    • National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy
      The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Plan seeks to engage organizations, professionals, policymakers, communities, individuals, and families in a linked, multi-sector effort to improve health literacy. It contains seven goals and suggests strategies for achieving them.
    • Questions are the Answer
      This online resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides tips for gathering information and sample questions for patients to ask before, during and after appointments.
    • Elimination of Health Disparities

    • Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
      The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Action Plan outlines goals and actions it will take to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities such as evidence-based programs and best practices. States can align their efforts to reduce health disparities with these national goals.
    • Community Guide - Promoting Health Equity
      The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is the place to find evidence-based recommendations and findings covering many health topics and types of interventions for behavior change, disease prevention and environmental change.
    • Healthy People 2020 - Access to Health Services
      Healthy People offers science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans, and provides measurable objectives and goals to help states engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge. Also see Disability and Health and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health.
    • National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy
      This HHS Plan seeks to engage organizations, professionals, policymakers, communities, individuals, and families in a linked, multisector effort to improve health literacy. This report contains seven goals that will improve health literacy and suggests strategies for achieving them.
    • Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities
      This Call to Action outlines four specific goals, helps identify barriers to overcome, and suggests direction to improve the health and wellness of persons with disabilities. State teams can use this as a guide when collaborating with partners to improve the health of residents with disabilities.
  • Take Action to Make Change
    • Injury and Violence Free Living

    • California Rural Indian Health Board Injury Prevention Toolkit
      The Tribal Epidemiology Center Consortium (TECC) created this specifically for use in tribal communities as a resource for injury prevention. The toolkit focuses on five major injury prevention topics including seat belt safety, child car seat safety, helmet safety, fire safety and elder safety.
    • Developing a Comprehensive Injury Prevention Program Tool
      This tool from the Center for Injury Prevention, Policy and Practice provides a detailed checklist of key activities in a systems approach to developing a comprehensive injury prevention program. Sections highlight actions for capacity-building, assessment, design and development, evaluation and results.
    • Developing Evidence-Based Public Health Policy to Address Motor Vehicle Injury
      This online ASTHO learning module highlights how states have used The Community Guide to implement evidence-based motor vehicle injury policies and the implications of increasing evidence-based policies around motor vehicle injuries.
    • Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership Toolkit
      This toolkit provides tools and briefing materials for use with the media and legislators to advance evidence-based policies to prevent injuries. It can serve as a model and resource for other state policy makers.
    • Preventing Child Maltreatment: A Guide to Taking Action and Generating Evidence
      The World Health Organization’s (WHO) guide provides evidence-based strategies and technical support to aid in the prevention of child maltreatment and policy formation. It is intended for policy- and program planners makers in multiple sectors working at national, state and municipal levels.
    • State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Fall Prevention
      This tool from the National Council on Aging is designed to assist states and their fall preventions coalitions to reduce the growing number of falls and fall-related injuries and deaths among older adults through increased awareness, education and training of providers and investments in effective community solutions.
    • Washington State Injury and Violence Prevention Guide
      Washington State produced this plan as a guide for those working on prevention programs. This guide consists of seven injury and violence prevention chapters. It includes injury data, goals, and evidence-based, promising or experimental prevention strategies for each injury area.
    • healthfinder.gov
      healthfinder.gov provides easy-to-understand, actionable information on prevention and wellness topics that state health agencies can use to promote healthy living in their communities, organized around evidence-based actions that individuals can take to stay healthy. The Health Topics A-Z allows users to browse by category, population, or topic for tools and resources for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
    • Tobacco Free Living

    • Assessing Compliance of Smoke-Free Laws
      This "How-to" Guide for Conducting Compliance Studies can help states and tobacco control organizations prepare for and implement studies to assess compliance with smoke-free laws. The guide provides timelines, sampling plans, the actual study implementation and results.
    • Change is In the Air
      The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has developed this action guide for establishing smoke-free public housing and multifamily properties. This guide provides implementation steps, resources, and success stories. HUD introduces the guidance in a memorandum.
    • Curriculum on Smoke-free Policies in Multi-Unit Housing
      The American Lung Association’s online curriculum examines how partners (building managers, property owners, policymakers, residents and other stakeholders) can come together to implement a smoke-free policy in multi-unit housing properties like apartments and condominiums.
    • Implementing Smoke-free Laws
      Developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, this toolkit includes a timeline, advertising and outreach materials, resources and activities to help states and partners with implementing smoke-free laws.
    • Tobacco Prevention Policy Tool
      The American Academy of Pediatrics showcases various tobacco and secondhand smoke prevention and control strategies possible at each level of advocacy: practice, school/child care, community, state and national. It is designed for child health care professionals to work with partners on advocacy efforts.
    • healthfinder.gov
      healthfinder.gov provides easy-to-understand, actionable information on prevention and wellness topics that state health agencies can use to promote healthy living in their communities, organized around evidence-based actions that individuals cans take to stay healthy. The Health Topics A-Z allows users to browse by category, population, or topic for tools and resources for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
    • Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use

    • Maine’s School Substance Abuse Policy Guide
      Created by Maine’s Office of Substance Abuse in the Department of Health and Human Services, this guide assists schools and partners in reviewing, revising, communicating, and enforcing a comprehensive substance abuse policy. The guide includes a Self-Assessment Checklist.
    • People Power: Mobilizing Communities for Policy Change
      The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) publication provides an overview of the process to adopt alcohol, tobacco, and drug policies at the community level. It can help states navigate the elements of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework. Federal funding may not be used to support these activities.
    • Policy Change Toolbox
      This Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) toolbox was developed to provide coalitions with a catalog of environmental policy changes implemented at the local level. It offers a directory of local ordinances, policies, and regulations, as well as the steps taken to make these changes occur.
    • Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center: State Resources
      The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center was established to support its Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program. This section houses information for state teams to use when working with partners such as colleges, parents and the military to address underage drinking.
    • Utah's School Behavioral Health Services Implementation Manual
      Utah’s manual offers tips on how to begin a school-based behavioral health service program. The programs promote health and wellness, reduce barriers to learning, increase graduation rates, and decrease criminal justice system involvement.
    • healthfinder.gov
      healthfinder.gov provides easy-to-understand, actionable information on prevention and wellness topics that state health agencies can use to promote healthy living in their communities, organized around evidence-based actions that individuals can take to stay healthy. The Health Topics A-Z allows users to browse by category, population, or topic for tools and resources for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
    • Healthy Eating

    • First Years in the First State: Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity Quality in Delaware Child Care
      This is a practical guide to implement the Delaware Child and Adult Care Food Program/Delacare Rules for nutrition and physical activity in child care homes or centers. Leaders can use this as an example in their own state.
    • Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn School Health Policy Guides
      Chapter E in the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn series of school health policy guides focuses on healthy eating.  This is a valuable resource for state leaders to ensure that education policies support healthy school environments.
    • Healthy Concessions Guide
      Nemours’ guide helps states make concession products healthier by providing recommendations and sample policies to use to support changing work environments. It also provides guidelines for beverages, fruits and vegetables, milk products, meats, and grains and breads.
    • Improving the Food Environment through Nutrition Standards: A Guide for Government Procurement
      CDC’s guide provides practical guidance to states and localities for use when developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating a food procurement policy.
    • Maine's Let's Go! 5210 Campaign on Healthy Eating and Active Living Toolkits
      Let's Go! has six toolkits for each program area to reach families in K-5, Middle and High School, After School, Early Childhood, Healthcare, and the Workplace. The toolkits have information on how to integrate Let's Go!'s evidence-based strategies and the 5210 message into specific environments.  
    • Making Change – A Guide to Healthier Vending for Municipalities
      ChangeLab Solutions’ guide highlights the steps to develop and implement a healthy vending policy in government agencies. States can use this guide to implement their own healthy vending guidelines at state health agencies.
    • Maryland Works: A Worksite Wellness Toolkit
      This model toolkit was developed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to implement healthy eating and active lifestyle programs in Maryland worksites.
    • Restaurant Performance Standards
      In March 2012, the RAND Corporation pulled together a group of experts to develop guidelines for healthier adult and children’s restaurant meals. The restaurant performance standards, released in the fall of 2013, include a set of healthier restaurant practices and recommendations for calories, fats, sugars, and sodium, and servings of vegetables, fruit, and whole grains.
    • State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009 National Action Guide
      CDC’s report summarizes national data on fruit and vegetable consumption, policy, and environmental support. It provides actions that government and business leaders, coalitions, community-based organizations, and professionals can take to improve Americans' nutrition.
    • healthfinder.gov
      healthfinder.gov provides easy-to-understand, actionable information on prevention and wellness topics that state health agencies can use to promote healthy living in their communities, organized around evidence-based actions that individuals can take to stay healthy. The Health Topics A-Z allows users to browse by category, population, or topic for tools and resources for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
    • Publishing Guidelines for Incorporating Health Criteria into School Curriculum
      ASTHO, NASBE, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) collaborated to create publishing guidelines that incorporate information and examples in the areas of nutrition, physical education/activity, and healthy behaviors into school curriculum.
    • Competitive Foods Toolkit: Make Food Choices an Easy "A"
      This toolkit from Voices for Healthy Kids provides background information, sample materials, and guidance on how to build, engage, and mobilize movement in your state to support healthy competitive food policies in schools.
    • Healthy Meeting Toolkit
      The Healthy Meeting Toolkit, developed by members of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA), includes guidance on key components of a healthy meeting and resources to help make hosting healthy meetings easier.
    • Mental and Emotional Well-being

    • Facilitating Cross-System Collaboration on Child Welfare, Alcohol and Other Drug Services, and Courts
      This SAMHSA report reviews characteristics of child welfare, substance abuse services, and courts to support cross-system coordination within state, county, and tribal jurisdictions.  The report considers the framework, population, legislation and funding sources, and services for each system.
    • How to Integrate Physical and Mental Health Care for People with Serious Mental Disorders
      This Executive Summary of a Report by The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law provides examples of programs that integrate and coordinate primary and behavioral health care for individuals with severe mental health conditions that are served through public systems of care.
    • Identifying and Selecting Evidence-Based Interventions
      SAMHSA’s guidance document describes the Strategic Prevention Framework, a 5-step planning process to guide states and communities in substance abuse prevention activities, and it promotes implementation of evidence-based practices for prevention in communities across the country.
    • Michigan’s Integrating Mental Health in Schools Toolkit
      Michigan’s toolkit provides resources to assess a school district’s approach to integrating mental health and desired academic outcomes, with an emphasis on community collaboration.
    • National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
      NREPP is a searchable online registry of almost 300 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.   The registry provides information to help others learn how to implement these interventions.
    • Ohio’s Registry of Effective School-Based Mental Health Programs
      This website provides links to school-based mental health promotion programs from Ohio that meet the guidelines for effective programs in Ohio.  Each program includes a discussion of the program scope and design, sustainability plan, as well as resources required for implementation.
    • Practice Guidelines: Core Elements in Responding To Mental Health Crises
      SAMHSA’s Practice Guidelines provide core principles and direct actions to implement these principles related to assisting individuals in mental health crises.  This report calls for a consideration of standardized definitions and approaches in addressing individual’s mental health needs.
    • healthfinder.gov
      healthfinder.gov provides easy-to-understand, actionable information on prevention and wellness topics that state health agencies can use to promote healthy living in their communities, organized around evidence-based actions that individuals can take to stay healthy. The Health Topics A-Z allows users to browse by category, population, or topic for tools and resources for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
    • Reproductive and Sexual Health

    • ASTHO’s Healthy Babies Project
      This online toolkit will support state health officials and their staff with improving health outcomes for infants. It contains resources categorized in two ways: by life stage (Preconception, Prenatal, Birth to 28 Days, and First Year) and by scope of resources.
    • Indiana’s 40 Weeks of Pregnancy, Every Week Counts Toolkit
      This resource includes both clinical resources for providers and compelling patient education resources for physicians to use in discussions with their patients. State teams can use this as a model to partner with health care providers to improve birth outcomes.
    • Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Perinatal Elective Induction Safety Improvement Map
      The Improvement Map is a free, interactive, web-based tool designed to bring together the best knowledge available on the key process improvements that lead to exceptional patient care. States and partners can use this to lead improvement efforts, reduce costs, and improve patient care.
    • Practical Use of Program Evaluation among STD Programs
      This manual provides step-by-step guidance on how to design and implement a STD program evaluation. State teams can use this to build the evaluation capacity of STD programs so that they can internally monitor their program activities, understand what is working or not working, and improve their efforts.
    • Preconception Care and Health Care: State and Local Strategies and Programs
      CDC’s resource center offers state and local teams materials such as case-examples of public health programs, best-practices identified by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Model Practices program, and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Program (AMCHP) Innovation Station.
    • healthfinder.gov
      healthfinder.gov provides easy-to-understand, actionable information on prevention and wellness topics that state health agencies can use to promote healthy living in their communities, organized around evidence-based actions that individuals can take to stay healthy. The Health Topics A-Z allows users to browse by category, population, or topic for tools and resources for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
    • Healthy & Safe Community Environments

    • Complete Streets Local Policy Workbook
      Smart Growth America's workbook is based on existing examples from around the country to help guide states and communities in developing policies. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the policy analysis report, Best Complete Streets Policies of 2012.
    • Connecticut’s Complete Streets in a Box Toolkit
      The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, in collaboration with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, has created this toolkit to support the adoption and implementation of complete streets policies by Connecticut municipalities.
    • Creating Complete Communities for All
      This is one in a series of best practices guidebooks from the Center for Transit-Oriented Development. It offers a guide on how to create complete communities that support families and high-quality education based reports published by the Center for Cities & Schools at the University of California, Berkeley.
    • Healthier Worksite Initiative Toolkits
      Available from CDC, these toolkits provide customizable solutions to help plan, implement and evaluate initiatives. They are divided into sub-categories: general workforce health promotion, nutritious eating, physical activity, preventive health screenings, and healthy choices.
    • Increasing Physical Activity through Community Design -- A Guide for Public Health Practitioners
      This guide from the National Coalition for Bicycling and Walking informs states and communities about how to help create places for people to walk and bicycle.
    • LEAN Works! Leading Employees to Activity and Nutrition
      CDC’s workplace obesity prevention program is a web-based resource that offers interactive tools and evidence-based resources to design effective worksite obesity prevention and control programs.
    • Oregon’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit
      The Oregon Department of Transportation developed this online resource to help local jurisdictions determine how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation activities. It describes transportation programs, modeling and analysis tools, case studies, and communications strategies.
    • Planning and Community Health Research Center
      The American Planning Association develops policy guides that articulate specific policy positions and establish key principles for planners on vital issues facing the nation. States can use these to communicate and work with planners to make environmental changes that promote health.
    • Clinical & Community Preventive Services

    • Community Care of North Carolina Program Toolkit
      This toolkit provides a step-by-step approach to building an innovative program like North Carolina’s which is organized and operated by practicing community physicians to establish community health networks to achieve quality, utilization, and cost objectives for the care of its Medicaid recipients.
    • Improving Cancer Prevention and Control
      ASTHO’s issue brief describes how state health agencies can bolster the sustainability of patient navigator and community health worker programs to support health reform and improve health outcomes for all populations. It includes case studies from Colorado, Florida and Micronesia.
    • Including Safety-Net Providers in Integrated Delivery Systems
      The National Academy for State Health Policy’s issue brief explores key considerations for incorporating safety-net providers into integrated delivery systems and discusses the roles of state and federal agencies in supporting and testing models of integrated care delivery.
    • Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) Inventory
      This is a searchable database of programs, tools and research initiatives underway in the public and private sectors to address the needs of individuals with MCC. States can use it to find activities that support the goals and objectives contained in the MCC Strategic Framework.
    • State Roles in Delivery System Reform
      Chapter 3 of this report from the National Governors Association provides states with strategies for improving primary care and public health. The authors identify opportunities for working across these fields to accelerate progress in controlling costs.
    • What Works for Health
      The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website provides communities with information to help select and implement evidence-informed policies, programs, and system changes that will improve health. It includes policies and programs that can improve access to care and quality of care.
    • Empowered People

    • Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults
      This guide is based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and helps adults aged 18-64 years fit physical activity into their life – their way
    • Healthier Worksite Initiative Toolkits
      Available from CDC, these toolkits provide customizable solutions to help plan, implement and evaluate initiatives. They are divided into sub-categories: general workforce health promotion, nutritious eating, physical activity, preventive health screenings, and healthy choices.
    • Health Literacy Online: A Guide to Writing and Designing Easy-to-Use Health Web Sites
      This is a research-based guide for creating health websites and web content for the millions of people with limited literacy skills and limited experience using the web. States and partners can use these tips to design websites that are usable for all Americans.
    • Massachusetts’ Sodium/Salt Resource Website
      The Massachusetts Department of Public Health provides an online guide to help consumers reduce their sodium/salt intake. It contains public education materials about intake recommendations, sodium content of foods and reduction tips.
    • National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)
      The principles and activities of CLAS should be integrated throughout an organization and undertaken in partnership with the communities being served. State agencies can use these to encourage health care organizations to use the standards to make their practices more culturally and linguistically accessible.
    • New York iChoose600® Campaign
      The New York State Department of Health’s iChoose600® aims to help the public use menu labeling information to make healthy choices. The website provides public education materials including tips for ordering fewer calories and eating less at fast food restaurants.
    • Preventing Child Maltreatment: A Guide to Taking Action and Generating Evidence
      The World Health Organization’s (WHO) guide provides evidence-based strategies and technical support to aid in the prevention of child maltreatment and policy formation. It is intended for policy- and program planners makers in multiple sectors working at national, state and municipal levels.
    • Tips from Former Smokers
      This is CDC’s national tobacco education campaign that encourages people to quit smoking by highlighting the toll that smoking-related illnesses take on smokers and their loved ones. States can adapt and use these advertisements to build public awareness of the health damage caused by smoking.
  • Align Policies and Laws
    • Injury and Violence Free Living

    • Arizona Child Booster Seat Law

      This bill requires children under age 8 to be restrained in a booster seat. See ASTHO's policy brief about this State Health Agency example.

    • Bullying Prevention State Laws
      This policy brief from the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention provides information on elements of a bullying prevention plan, the school’s legal responsibility and other resources.
    • Elderly Falls Injury Prevention Laws and Statutes
      The National Conference of State Legislature summarizes pending legislation and recently enacted elderly falls injury prevention laws to provide policymakers with an overview of state level activities that may help prevent the long-term consequences of older adult falls.
    • Montana Law Aims to Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
      Montana State Senate Bill No. 298 requires consideration of ACEs in state prevention and treatment program efforts across agencies, including education, and funding of one.
    • School Policy to Increase Student Safety
      Futures Without Violence and Break the Cycle produced a model school policy to promote healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence through improving the school climate.
    • State Ignition Interlock Laws
      For these laws judges require all or a portion of convicted drunk drivers to install interlocks on their cars. The National Conference of State Legislatures provides information on all state ignition interlock laws. The Governors Highway Safety Association provides additional data on drunk driving laws.
    • State Laws on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): 2009-2012
      Washington became the first state in the United States to pass a law, House Bill 1965 (2011-2012), directed toward preventing ACEs, reducing their prevalence, and alleviating their effects to improve public health.
    • Washington State Law to Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
      Washington became the first state in the United States to pass a law, House Bill 1965 (2011-2012), directed toward preventing ACEs, reducing their prevalence, and alleviating their effects to improve public health.
    • Tobacco Free Living

    • State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues (SLATI)
      The American Lung Association’s Tobacco Policy Project, SLATI, is an extensively researched source of information on tobacco control laws and policy. The website tracks laws such as restrictions on smoking in public places and workplaces and tobacco taxes.
    • State Tobacco Cessation Coverage Database
      States can help smokers quit by providing comprehensive cessation treatments through Medicaid programs, state employee health benefit programs and quitlines. The American Lung Association’s database tracks cessation coverage policies and details for each state and the District of Columbia.
    • State of Tobacco Control
      The American Lung Association's annual State of Tobacco Control report provides a snapshot of where states are regarding key tobacco control policies. It discusses state spending, smoke-free air policies, cigarette excise taxes, cessation coverage, and smoking attributable death statistics.
    • Tobacco and Juvenile Offenders: Breaking the Cycle
      In this policy brief, the Public Health Law Center explores tobacco control policies in juvenile residential correctional facilities and detention centers, the health impact of tobacco use on juvenile offenders, challenges and policy opportunities for tobacco cessation in the juvenile justice system.
    • Tobacco Behind Bars: Policy Options for the Adult Correctional Population
      In this policy brief, the Public Health Law Center explores tobacco control policies in local and state prisons and jails, the health care cost of tobacco use among the correctional population, regulatory challenges and policy opportunities with correctional tobacco- and smoke-free policies.
    • Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use

    • Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS)
      This project from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism provides detailed information on a wide variety of alcohol-related policies in the United States at both state and federal levels.
    • Drug-Free Ordinances and Regulations
      Part of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) Policy Change Toolbox, these regulations address alcohol, curfews, drugs/drug paraphernalia, tobacco, synthetic drugs. Federal funding may not be used to support these activities.
    • Malt Liquor Sales Restrictions: Sample Policy Language
      The University of Minnesota offers policy examples aimed at reducing a variety of neighborhood nuisance issues and more serious crimes that communities have associated with malt liquor. They may be a useful when working with state policymakers and legislative staff to draft a policy.
    • North Carolina Controlled Substances Reporting System Act
      This law improves the state’s ability to identify people who abuse and misuse prescription drugs. It is also meant to assist clinicians in identify and referring for treatment patients misusing controlled substances.
    • State Ignition Interlock Laws
      For these laws judges require all or a portion of convicted drunk drivers to install interlocks on their cars. The National Conference of State Legislatures provides information on all state ignition interlock laws. The Governors Highway Safety Association provides additional data on drunk driving laws.
    • State Laws to Reduce the Impact of Alcohol Marketing on Youth
      The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Johns Hopkins University offers information on state advertising laws and key regulatory strategies that can be effective in reducing youth exposure to alcohol advertising. This report identifies trends across states and highlights state agency activities.
    • Texas Law Creates Multi-Agency Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee
      Texas Senate Bill 558 established the Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee with a mandate to develop a strategy and legislative recommendations to reduce drug demand in Texas. The Statute mandates that 16 state agencies participate, as well as other partners around the state.
    • Texas Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Benefit
      The Texas legislature authorized a substance abuse disorder benefit for adults in Medicaid and expanded the existing substance use disorder coverage for children.
    • Utah Law Requires Drug Court Annual Report
      Drug courts offer drug dependent participants intensive court-supervised drug treatment as an alternative to jail or prison. Utah legislation created and funded drug courts in 2000, and more recent legislation requires this annual drug court report to summarize the activities of the drug court program.
    • Active Living

    • Best Complete Streets Policies of 2012
      The National Complete streets Coalition examined every policy passed in 2012 and scored the policy language based on 10 elements. This report ranks the top Complete Streets policies for cities, counties and states and describes their elements.
    • Chronic Disease State Policy Tracking System
      CDC’s state-based searchable database contains information on nutrition, physical activity, and obesity data. It provides abstracts and status updates for state legislation and agency regulations. States can use this database to find language for drafting laws..
    • Early Childcare Physical Activity Standards
      Delaware’s regulation 72.9 is an example of early childcare physical activity standards that will protect and promote the healthy, safety, well-being, and positive development of children who receive services in early care and education and school-age centers.
    • Elementary and Secondary School Physical Education Standards
      Tennessee House Bill No 3750 requires elementary and secondary schools in the state to integrate a minimum of ninety (90) minutes of physical activity per week into the school day. Mississippi Healthy Students Act requires minimum guidelines for school district physical education, health education and physical activity and fitness classes.
    • Employee Wellness in State Agencies
      Texas House Bill 1297 gives new flexibility to state agencies for administering their wellness program by allowing agencies to allow each employee 30 minutes during normal working hours for exercise three times each week.
    • Joint Use Agreements
      ChangeLab Solutions offers model joint use agreement resources. North Carolina has two laws (General Statutes 115c-12 and 115c-524) that are intended to encourage developing joint use agreements and protect schools from liability.
    • Yale Rudd Center Legislation Database - Food Policy and Obesity Legislation
      This database contains current food policy and obesity legislation filed by Congress, states, and select cities and counties. Categories include access to healthy food, breastfeeding, school nutrition and physical activity, sugar sweetened beverages, and many others.
    • Healthy & Safe Community Environments

    • Best Complete Streets Policies of 2012
      The National Complete streets Coalition examined every policy passed in 2012 and scored the policy language based on 10 elements. This report ranks the top Complete Streets policies for cities, counties and states and describes their elements.
    • California Executive Order to Create HiAP Task Force
      The California Health in All Policies (HiAP) Task Force is comprised of representatives from 18 diverse state agencies and is facilitated by the California Department of Public Health. This law is an example of a governor-led initiative to promote collaboration among state agencies to address health.
    • Massachusetts Healthy Transportation Reform Law
      This law establishes a healthy transportation compact which requires the MA Department of Transportation to create methods for planners, transportation administrators, public health administrators, and developers to implement health impact assessments on transportation projects.
    • North Carolina Sustainable Communities Task Force
      North Carolina Senate Bill 897 creates the North Carolina Sustainable Communities Task Force to lead and support the state’s Sustainable Communities Initiatives. This is an example of how legislation can initiate multi-sectoral collaboration to address health.
    • U.S. State-level Chemicals Policy Database
      The Chemicals Policy & Science Initiative’s database contains more than 700 state and local legislative and executive branch policies from all 50 states. State teams can use this to identify policies that ensure protection of workers, communities, and consumer health while stimulating sustainable chemical development and use.
    • Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments
      This guide from the American Public Health Association, Public Health Institute, and the California Department of Public Health is based on the experiences of the California Health in All Policies (HiAP) Task Force as well as information from published literature and interviews.
    • Clinical & Community Preventive Services

    • Massachusetts’ Childhood Vaccine Program
      The law establishes a Vaccine Purchase Trust Fund to support a universal purchase system for childhood vaccines in Massachusetts. It covers the total non-federal costs for childhood immunizations and creates a Vaccine Purchase Advisory Council with representatives from hospitals, schools and state agencies.  
    • Pennsylvania’s Community-Based Health Care Provider Access (CHCPA) Program
      House Bill 524 establishes the CHCPA Program in the Department of Health to expand and improve health care access and services through community health workers, alternative health care delivery systems to emergency services and collaboration among community-based clinics and hospitals.
    • Vermont’s Health Care Reform Legislation
      Guidance for the Governor's health care agenda is laid out by the legislature in Act 48. Vermont's health reform plan builds on progress to expand and improve health insurance coverage in Vermont, improve fairness in insurance markets and fundamentally redesign and improve the primary care system.

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