Giving Compass' Take:

· A new national report from Trust for America’s Health has provided a list of successful non-medical measures to improve public health that are worthy of state funding. 

· How can donors and philanthropists support non-medical initiatives to improve public health? What are some of the possibilities? 

· Learn how philanthropy can make an impact on public health.

From pre-kindergarten programs to tobacco taxes to paid family leave, certain state-based initiatives outside the traditional medical system have proven to have a positive impact on public health — and a good return on public investment.

While many of these programs have been established in New Jersey, and in some other states, there has been limited guidance for policymakers on which are the worthiest of the public’s time and money.

To fill that gap, the nonpartisan Trust for America’s Health released a national report today that identifies a half dozen key policy goals and lists tested nonclinical programs that states have used successfully to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare disparities. Researchers reviewed some 1,500 evidence-based strategies in the process and provide examples of existing state programs with evidence of their economic benefits.

Read the full article about non-medical measures to improve public health by Lilo H. Stainton at NJ Spotlight.