Policy, Systems, and Environmental Strategies Decision-making Resource

Authors: Sarah Lifsey, Sharyl Mathis


Across the country, communities are looking for ways to improve the health and well-being of their residents. It is increasingly clear that where we live, work, and play—in our workplaces, our schools, our neighborhoods, and our larger communities—has a strong influence on our health. Partners at the community, state, and federal levels are working together to develop, implement, and evaluate policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies to improve health.

This draft resource was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), a panel of experts from a variety of public health fields, and Altarum Institute to give decision-makers and practitioners a clear, easy-to-understand resource for identifying promising and PSE strategies that are most likely to make meaningful and lasting changes in their communities, states, and regions.

This resource is being disseminated for public input to ensure the practical utility of the resource for multiple stakeholders. Public health practitioners, funders, and researchers are encouraged to review the draft resource and provide feedback to help improve the final version. Please click here to view the draft resource to help you provide comments and feedback. Your input will help make this resource as useful as possible for growing the evidence base for promising PSE strategies to improve community health.