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An Evidence-based Resource: Policies and Programs to Improve Wisconsin's Health

What Works for Health is a database of policies and programs that can improve health. These policies and programs address key health factors that, in turn, improve health outcomes. This database is based on a wide scan of analyses assessing evidence of effectiveness. We summarize research about what does and does not work to help different stakeholders (such as public health practitioners, community organizations, businesses, schools, and others) identify policies and programs that could improve health.

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The research underlying this site is based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that can make communities healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. For each health factor, this database reviews policies and programs, describing expected outcomes, implementation in Wisconsin and elsewhere, resources related to effectiveness and implementation, potential reach and impact on disparities, and other key information. It also provides opportunities to learn from communities that use these policies and programs.

To find a policy or program click on a health factor (in the blue boxes below), search by keyword (see top of left column), or search by one or more of the following: decision maker; evidence rating; potential population reach; or impact on disparities.

Health Outcomes
Mortality (length of life)
Morbidity (quality of life)
    Health Behaviors     Tobacco Use
  Diet & Exercise
      Alcohol & Drug Use
  Sexual Activity
  Clinical Care     Access to Care
      Quality of Care
Health Factors
  Social & Economic Factors     Education
  Family & Social Support
  Community Safety
Policies and Programs
  Physical Environment     Air & Water Quality
      Housing & Transit

The factors that impact health are all inter-related. Investments in all categories are needed for Wisconsin to make maximum and efficient improvement in the health of its residents. Many decision makers can take actions to help improve Wisconsin’s health. Search to identify policies and programs that can be implemented by: