How Cities Can Affect Health: "Policy Surveillance" Can Help Show Which Government Policies Actually Work

By Chris Adams

Government can have an impact on health – if governments actually implement the policies that evidence has shown can work.

Shelley Hearne, president of CityHealth, laid out for National Press Foundation fellows what those policies are and which cities are following them. CityHealth examines the nation’s largest 40 cities for the policies that can make real impacts on people’s everyday quality of life and health. The measures are backed by experts and have a track record of bipartisan support.

Hearne (bio, Twitter) laid out those nine policies, which, among others, include access to affordable housing, controls on alcohol sales, earned sick leave, tobacco control and smoke-free indoor air.

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