National Prevention Strategy

Healthy & Safe Community Environments

National Prevention Strategy's Healthy & Safe Community Environments

The National Prevention Strategy provides evidence-based Recommendations for Healthy and Safe Community Environments. The Strategy also identifies actions that partners including governments, businesses, health care systems, schools, community organizations and individuals can take to implement these recommendations across multiple settings. The resources in this toolkit are intended to help state and territorial governments and their partners implement the Strategy through the suggested actions below: 

  • Facilitate collaboration among diverse sectors (e.g., planning, housing, transportation, energy, education, environmental regulation, agriculture, business associations, labor organizations, health and public health) when making decisions likely to have a significant effect on health.
  • Include health criteria as a component of decision making (e.g., policy making, land use, and transportation planning).
  • Conduct comprehensive community health needs assessments and develop state and community health improvement plans.
  • Promote the use of interoperable systems to support data-driven prevention decisions and implement evidence-based prevention policies and programs, such as those listed in the Guide to Community Preventive Services.
  • Strengthen and enforce housing and sanitary code requirements and ensure rapid remediation or alternative housing options.
  • Participate in national voluntary accreditation of health departments.

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