Community Relations and Policing
Police programs that foster positive relationships between the public and law enforcement have been shown to reduce crime, specifically violence. Lowered crime rates help local businesses thrive, prevent injuries and deaths, and make streets and parks safe for physical activity.
In the 2008 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that less than 10% of full-time, sworn personnel nationwide serve as community policing or community relations officers. Establishing more community policing programs and working together to bring a sense of safety and security in our communities will lead to better health.
Youth Exposure to TV Ads
In a Culture of Health, more businesses will collectively consider the impact of marketing for health and unhealthy food and beverage products on our youngest customers. For example, the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), a voluntary self-regulation program made up of many of the nation’s largest food and beverage companies, encourages advertising healthier food choices to children.
In 2013, Nielsen Media Research found that children specific programming featured an average of 3.3 advertisements, with nearly 3 of those advertised products failing to meet federal recommendations for saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, and sodium content.
Source: Nielsen Media Research, 2013
Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
From severe weather events, to increased air pollution, and the spread of infectious diseases, the climate can have an impact on our nation’s health. Many states are developing Climate Action Plans (CAPs), which outline a set of strategies with specific environmental policy proposals and programmatic initiatives across agencies.
By establishing standards for air quality, targets for emissions, or requirements for housing development, CAPs indicate that states are engaging in cross-sector collaborations that benefit health. The EPA State Climate and Energy Program offers data, resources, and expertise to help shape CAPs. As of 2013, 34 states had a CAP in place.
Support for Working Families
Caring for loved ones has a direct connection to health, and so does the reduced stress that comes with job security. Yet many families cannot afford to take the time to care for relatives, which can put strain on the family and affect the health of loved ones.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides job-protected, unpaid leave to eligible workers. According to the Current Population Survey Social and Economic Supplement and the Basic Economic Security Tables, 63% of families with FMLA-eligible parents could afford to use it.