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Policy Intervention Tools

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Health in all policies

We designed policy tools for planners to select, modify as necessary and use to implement regulations to address the livability needs of the community.

Comprehensive plan approaches

Planners can introduce health-related policies through the following approaches:

  • Create a separate health element in the comprehensive plan, or
  • Integrate policies into various Growth Management Act (GMA) comprehensive plan elements:
    • Land use
    • Housing
    • Transportation
    • Natural environment
    • Capital facilities
    • Economic development
    • Parks and recreation

Sample comprehensive plans

Sample comprehensive plans show different approaches. When determining your approach, consider:

  • The structure of an existing plan.
  • Available resources.
  • Community preference.

Achieve built environment outcomes with logic models

Based on the livability needs of your community:

  • Identify built environment outcome measures to promote healthy communities with your residents.
  • Use logic models to choose appropriate policy tools for specific GMA elements to achieve the built environment outcomes.

Research evidence shows making changes to the built environment can improve the health of the people, economy and planet.

Introductory and detailed logic models

The introductory logic model depicts the effect of built environment interventions on quality of life and health outcomes. This model leads to six logic models located in the following built environment outcomes:


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