By changing policies, systems and/or environments, our community can help tackle health issues like obesity, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases. PSE allows us to reinforce, amplify and maximize efforts toward lasting change.
Policy: A policy change can be a law, ordinance, resolution, mandate, regulation, or rule that is either formal or informal which positively affects health. (e.g. passing a policy in a school that does not take away physical activity opportunities as a disciplinary measure.)
Systems: A systems change impacts all elements of an organization or institution which positively affects health. (e.g. implementing an evidence-based program into a clinic or hospital.)
Environment: An environmental change involves a physical or material change to the economic, social, or physical environment which positively affects health. (e.g. implement a healthy snack station in a workplace setting.)
PSE Example: Farm to School
- Policy: wellness policy to increase purchases of fresh and locally-grown produce.
- Systems: work with food service, local farmers and health stakeholder to inventory current practices and identify foods to purchase.
- Environment: create prominent displays and intentional marketing materials to highlight new menu items.
Education of the entire community, including institutional decision makers and leaders, is important but must be accompanied by action. Partners in Healthy Living focuses their efforts toward education as well as action to foster healthier communities.