Our Priorities

NCAH’s policy priorities set a framework for creating a healthier and more equitable North Carolina. NCAH engages in participatory policy setting to develop the policy agenda each year. NCAH staff gather policy recommendations from residents across the state and present them to the relevant policy committee for discussion. While everyone is welcome to submit policy recommendations and participate in the discussion, only NCAH’s members may vote to approve the final list of policy priorities.

Our members have selected tobacco use prevention and cessation, healthy food access, active living, and health equity as the primary areas of focus for NCAH.

Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation

  • Promote a policy that establishes licensing for retailers selling tobacco products in North Carolina
  • Promote recurring appropriations for robust and evidence-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs and services
  • Promote strategies that address the vaping crisis and epidemic
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Healthy Food Access

  • Promote evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies and appropriations for healthy food financing initiatives, farm to school programs, farm to early care and education programs, food and nutrition services, and other policies that reduce food insecurity and improve access to healthy food
  • Support efforts to ensure water is free, clean, safe, and accessible in school and early care and education settings
  • Support improvements to statewide Division of Child Development and Early Education childcare regulation standards addressing evidence-based best practices in infant and child nutrition, including breastfeeding, and support the creation of statewide designation or recognition of programs that meet best practices
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Active Living

  • Support strong physical education and opportunities for physical activity in schools
  • Support the ability of local communities to promote access to routine physical activity
  • Support improvements to statewide Division of Child Development and Early Education childcare regulation standards addressing evidence-based best practices in infant and child outdoor learning and play, physical activity, and screen time and support the creation of statewide designation or recognition of programs that meet best practices
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Health Equity

  • Support policies and appropriations for closing the health insurance coverage gap
  • Monitor legislation related to social determinants of health such as housing and transportation

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NCAH will also support other mission-related policies as they arise, as approved by NCAH members.

The strength of our coalition lies in the diversity and breadth of our partners.
We invite you to become a member of the North Carolina Alliance for Health and join us in advancing equitable policies.

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