Promoting Health and Cost Control: How States Can Improve Community Health and Well-Being Through Policy Change

Promoting Health and Cost Control: How States Can Improve Community Health and Well-Being Through Policy Change

States can improve community health and well-being and lower healthcare costs by implementing policies outside the health sector that improve access to quality education, safe housing, and jobs, a new report from Trust for America's Health argues. The report, Promoting Health and Cost Control: How States Can Improve Community Health and Well-Being Through Policy Change (88 pages, PDF), analyzes thirteen policies that have been shown to support the connection between health and learning; promote harm-reduction strategies to prevent substance misuse deaths and related problems; promote healthy behavior, active living, and connectedness; ensure safe, healthy, and affordable housing for all; and create opportunities for economic well-being. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, the study outlines the evidence base and business case for policies — including tobacco and alcohol taxes, syringe access programs, universal pre-K, school breakfast programs, paid sick leave, and rapid re-housing laws — that address the social determinants of health, help advance health equity, and reduce health disparities.