Experts: State programs that could boost public health

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Experts: State programs that could boost public health

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Experts say Indiana can improve community health and wellbeing through policy change. John Auerbach, from Trust For America’s Health, says their recent report shows many economic and social factors beyond medical care influence health.

They include tobacco and alcohol taxes, syringe access programs, universal pre-k and paid family leave. Indiana has a complete streets policy, which guarantees pedestrians are considered in transportation planning. It also has a needle-exchange program that helped significantly curb an HIV outbreak in 2015 and higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol. However, the report says Indiana doesn’t have a universal pre-k policy, could improve its paid sick time and family leave, and could adopt a rapid re-housing law.

Auerbach says rapid re-housing laws help decrease the risk of homelessness.