Health Policy

Goal: Use health policy to prevent disease and improve health.

Health policy can have a major impact on health and well-being. Healthy People 2030 focuses on keeping people safe and healthy through laws and policies at the local, state, territorial, and federal level.

Evidence-based health policies can help prevent disease and promote health. For example, smoke-free policies can help prevent smoking initiation and increase quit attempts. Similarly, policies requiring community water systems to provide fluoridated water can improve oral health.

Establishing informed policies is key to improving health nationwide.

Objective Status

  • 2 Target met or exceeded
  • 2 Improving
  • 3 Little or no detectable change
  • 0 Getting worse
  • 1 Baseline only
  • 0 Developmental
  • 1 Research

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