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Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Strategies


Policy, systems and environmental change is a way of modifying the environment to make healthy choices practical and available to all community members. By changing laws and shaping physical landscapes, a big impact can be made with little time and resources. By changing policies, systems and/or environments, communities can help tackle health issues like obesity, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases.


What is “Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change?
Policy, systems and environmental change is a new way of thinking about how to effectively improve health in a community. For many years, health programs have focused on individual behavior, assuming that if you teach people what will make them healthy, they will find a way to do it. Unfortunately, being healthy is not just about individual choices.


ChangeLabs Solutions – PSE 101: A webinar on Building Healthier Communities Through Policy, Systems and Environmental (PSE) Change
This webinar provides an introduction to best practices for how health advocates can implement PSE approaches.


Collaborating to Improve Public Health — Policy, Systems, Environment Improvements
This webinar is intended for people in the beginning stages of working across public health and planning. This webinar will highlight a few strategies on how to approach this work by providing an overview of Plan4Haelth, what PSE’s are and how APHA is incorporating them in their work, and examples of strategies and tools for implementing this work. View slides.

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Applying PSE Approaches
This webinar provides an overview of what PSE approaches are and why they are effective.

View the slides and test your knowledge about PSE approaches.


Using Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change to Prevent Chronic Disease
This issue brief provides general information on PSE change within communities and specific examples of local health departments (LHD) initiatives promoting PSE change with support from NACCHO.


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