The conditions in which people live, work and play – the Social Determinants of Health – greatly influence health outcomes. In fact, a growing body of research shows that these conditions – things like access to food, housing, transportation, and greenspace – influence health outcomes just as much as personal decisions like diet and exercise or access to clinical care. These conditions are influenced by policy decisions that local governments and elected officials make every day. To connect these dots between research and policy, COWS works with cities to apply a health equity lens to local policy and decision making using evidence-based tools and a Health in All Policies framework.
Legacy Community Alliance for Health
Wisconsin local governments, state agencies, academic partners, and nonprofit groups have joined forces to create the Legacy Community Alliance for Health (LCAH). We provide local Wisconsin leaders with the tools they need to incorporate health equity and the social determinants of health into all decision-making. The goal is to improve internal practices in order incorporate health equity into all policies, plans, and procedures.
This work is generously supported by the Wisconsin Partnership Program.
Training & Peer Learning
Through various networks, we host events for practitioners to learn about health in all policies and health equity.
In collaboration with the Population Health Institute and other partners, we provide technical assistance to many municipalities across Wisconsin.
Cities and counties across Wisconsin have launched successful pilot projects, including Health Impact Assessments and changes to ordinances and codes.