Policy

Many decisions made by governments and corporations have lasting impacts on health equity. Policy change is an important public health approach for instituting long-term, far-reaching systems change, and it removes the focus from the individual and moving it to those institutional and environmental factors that shape an individual and community’s experience. Whether policy changes happen at the local, state, or federal levels, they are an important part of addressing health inequities. This section provides information and strategies related to the importance of policy change in addressing health inequities.

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