Goals and Policy Recommendations for Strong Communities


Advocacy ​Goals and Policy Recommendatio​ns for Strong Communities 


Goals for Strong Communities:

The 45th president must advance efforts to ensure that communities are safe and can mitigate social disparities in order to build a strong and resilient society. The next administration must help create communities that:

  • are safe from violence and environmental hazards,
  • provide high-quality early education programs,
  • support public health systems that protect children from infectious diseases and promote maternal and child health, and
  • respond effectively when disasters and public health emergencies occur.

Policy recommendations to build strong communities:

  • Conduct federally funded research to build the evidence base for a public health response to violence, including research on gun violence coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Expand efforts to ensure that firearms do not get into the wrong hands by passing comprehensive, common-sense gun violence prevention measures, such as banning assault weapons and improving background checks.
  • Increase the number of children in pre-kindergarten and improve access to proven, high-quality early learning programs such as Head Start and Early Head Start.
  • Strengthen federal laws and programs to ensure children live in clean environments, including clean air, water, and housing through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) air and water quality standards and Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) public housing standards.
  • Address aging and outdated infrastructure and its impacts on lead in water.
  • Strengthen federal laws and programs to provide resources to low-income neighborhoods to ensure that all children and adolescents have access to safe and desirable opportunities for play and active lifestyles.
  • Expand support for the efforts to reduce the burden of preventable infectious disease by supporting vaccination efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
  • Fully fund biodefense and public health efforts to prepare for and respond to the needs of children before, during, and after natural and man-made disasters by supporting programs run by the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services' Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).